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Pre-care before any treatment:

• Suntan is ok. No sunburn for 2 weeks
• No fake tan for 2 weeks
• No sunbed
• On the day of your assessment for a patch test, do not shave but have the hair on. Allow the hair to grow just a little (about 2mm) in order to see where they are.
• No sunburn for 2 weeks before. Suntan is ok.
• No sunbed for 2 weeks.
• No fake tan for several months – It is photosensitive
• No waxing, tweezing, bleaching, plucking or use any off-the-shelf hair removal products for 4 weeks before patch test.
• No tattoos or permanent makeup on the area to be treated.
• No Botox or injectable fillers for 2 weeks before treatment.
• No taking of any photosensitive medications including some herbalist potions or Vitamin A
• Do not take any of these for 3 months before each SHR/IPL treatment:

  • St John's Wort
  • Amiodarone
  • Tetracycline Antibiotics
  • Anticoagulants
  • Cold Medications
  • Oral or Topical Retinoids (e.g. Roaccutane or Retin A)
  • Oral or Topical Steroids

• No skin condition like psoriasis or eczema – Can only treat after it is gone.
• No herpes-based disorders (e.g. shingles or cold sores) – Treatment can cause it to spread.
• No skin pigmentation disorders – Treatment can cause it to spread.

  • Vitiligo (Pigment loss causing white patches) or
  • Melisma (Brown to grey-brown patches from the sun)

• No Herpes including cold sores and shingles – Treatment triggers herpes.

  • Get a GP certificate and treat with anti-retroviral drugs for 2 weeks before and after treatment.

• No history of epilepsy – Flashing lights as with strobes in discotheques, can trigger attacks.
• No history of cancer (or chemo or radio therapy)

  • You must clear treatment with your doctor because treatment can cause it to spread.

• No diabetes unless you’re insulin dependent
• No thyroid condition – This stimulates hair growth
• No lymphatic or immune system disorders – No treatment without GP Certificate

  • HIV
  • Crohn’s Disease: Chronic inflammation of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae
  • Lupus: The body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart and lungs.

• No history of Keloid formation
• No communicable diseases (e.g. Hepatitis or HIV)
• No pacemaker.
• No jewelry – This must all be removed, including piercings.
• No rods or metal implants in the body – Tell your therapist so he can work around them.
• No depression or anxiety – Photosensitive ingredients – As your doctor or pharmacist.

• Are you recovering from any major medical treatments or photodynamic therapy (PDT) within the last 6 months? (Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses special drugs, called photosensitizing agents, along with light, to kill cancer cells. The drugs only work after they have been activated or “turned on” by certain kinds of light. PDT may also be called photoradiation therapy, phototherapy, or photochemotherapy.)


Post-care:

• No very hot baths or showers
• No heat treatments e.g. sauna or excessive exercises.
• No swimming in chlorinated pools or spa baths
• No deodorant - if underarms treated
• No perfumes, highly perfumed soaps or lotions
• No sun/UV exposure or sun beds
• Wear sun block with both UVA and UVB protection
• No depilatory creams (Veet/Nair), AHA (Alpha hydroxy acids), glycolic (used for sun damage and/or aging) or salicylic (acne treatment) creams

Redness and general:

• Some people may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours.
• Use Aloe Vera gel if very red and/or swollen.
• Keep the area moisturized with a light moisturiser only, no AHAs (Acids).
• If you experience intense itching 2-4 days after treatment, apply ice packs and/or hydrocortisone cream.
• If blisters occur seek medical advice and inform your therapist.
• Often people with oilier skin and deep dense hair may experience pimple-like breakouts. This is normal and will eventually subside.
• Until redness resolves avoid swimming, hot tubs/Jacuzzis
• Bathe or shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature sensitive. Cool showers or baths will offer relief.
• Avoid excessive scrubbing with scrub brushes, loofahs, sponges.
• Avoid the use of exfoliants (glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, astringents, perfumes, deodorants and after-shaves) for at least 7-10 days after treatment.
• Avoid sun exposure to treated areas, as well as the use of sun tanning beds and self-tanning creams.
• Use a SPF30+ sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable. Sun avoidance will decrease the likelihood of skin colour changes. Always cover up and be sun-safe.
• Men having their faces and/or necks treated may experience severe swelling, redness and pimple-like breakouts. This may take up to 3 weeks to subside.

Shedding and repeat treatment:

• Your hair will start to shed after about 2 weeks and continue for up to one month after your treatment. The hair will appear to be growing but will easily be removed by hand.
• Use a loofah regularly to encourage the shedding of hair that will start to happen after about 2 weeks.
• Hairs that were in the resting phase at the time of treatment may enter the active phase in about 4-6 weeks.
• Follow-up treatment may be performed at 4 week intervals or within 2 weeks of new hair growth.
• It is important to note that hair loss will become more noticeable after approximately the third to fifth treatment.