Treatment Pre and Post-care Information

Below is guidance on how to prepare for your treatment, what to expect and how to look after your skin after the treatment.

Below is guidance on how to prepare for your treatment, what to expect and how to look after your skin after the treatment.

Waxing

  • It is normal to experience some discomfort when getting waxed, and taking over the counter pain medication (such as 1 or 2 panadol) approximately 30 minutes before the treatment can minimise that discomfort.

  • Ensure that you hair is long enough to be removed from its root – ideally hair should be at about 1 cm in length. If the hair is too short, it will not be removed by the wax.

  • For a great waxing result, it is important to exfoliate and moisturise regularly in between your treatments.

  • After your treatment, it is normal for the skin to be slightly red, with red dots where the hairs have been removed, and this redness usually disappears after a few hours.

  • To prevent infection, it is important to keep the area clean, so please avoid touching the area and no make up, tight clothing, sun bathing, hot showers, swimming, saunas, spas, or vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours. If an infection occurs, please contact us and seek medical advice.

Electrolysis

  • A common method of hair removal in which a low-level electrical current passes through the needle into the hair follicle, destroying it. As hair grows in different stages, it may need a few treatments to permanently destroy the follicle.

  • After treatment your treated skin may temporarily be red, swollen, and tender.

  • Some people may experience the release of histamine at the treated site, and red welts may develop (they look like insect bites). This reaction usually subsizes within a few hours, although rarely, the reaction may last longer. For extreme reactions and as a preventative measure you may take an oral antihistamine prior to treatment (follow manufacturer directions when taking over-the-counter medications), and for less extreme reactions, you may apply a topical antihistamine after your treatment.

  • The hair follicle may scab over – it is important not to rub, pick or remove the scab, as scarring, pitting or an infection may result. An antiseptic cream can be applied to keep the scab moist. If an infection occurs, please contact us and seek medical advice.

Peels and Microdermabrasion

  • Please contact us if you are considering a peel or microdermabrasion, as there are restrictions on waxing, and the use of Vitamin A, IPL, laser and injectables before these treatments.

  • For some peels, the skin must be prepared by using Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum or Brighteninging Serum for at least 2 weeks prior to the treatment.

  • After your treatment you may experience redness, flaking, peeling, crusting, scratching, and it is important that you do not pick or rub any skin that is exfoliating.

  • No hot showers, swimming, saunas, spas, or vigorous exercise for the next 48 hours.

  • For the first week after your treatment, wear SPF, do not exfoliate, or use any products that contain AHAs or BHA, or Vitamin A serums, and follow a simple skincare regime: cleanser, moisturiser, SPF, and B2 serum if you like.

  • No waxing, IPL, laser or depilatory creams for 2 weeks after your treatment.

IPL

  • The intense pulse of light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, and the resulting heat is transmitted to the hair follicle, destroying it. As not all hairs are in the same growth phase at the same time, a series of treatments is required.

  • It is important that the area to be treated has not been exposed to the sun, sunbed or fake tan for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment (as the IPL treatment may be less effective and pigmentation may result).

  • After your treatment, it is common to get redness and mild swelling which should subside within 24 hours, and you can apply a cold compress to reduce the redness and swelling.

  • Other temporary side effects that may occur include increased skin sensitivity, bruising, blistering, crusting, or a grazed look with pinpoint bleeding or infection. These effects should subside or heal within a few weeks.

  • Rarely, some people may experience permanent side effects such as scarring or skin discolouration.

  • If blistering or a crust should form, the area should be kept clean and an antiseptic cream can be applied to keep the area moist. If an infection occurs, please contact us and seek medical advice.

  • You should wear sunscreen SPF30+ daily and avoid all sun exposure, sunbed or fake tan on the treated areas for four weeks after treatment.

  • The hair can take one to two weeks to fall out after the treatment.

  • Do not wax, pluck, or have electrolysis on the treated area.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment.