What should you wear after laser hair removal? In 2019, more than one million Americans chose this minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you're ready to join this carefree, hair-free group, take a look at what you need to know about post-procedure recovery and your wardrobe choices.
Why Do You Need to Carefully Select Post-Procedure Clothing?
While this type of procedure doesn't hurt, your skin may feel sensitive afterward. The doctor or medical provider may use a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area before the procedure. This eliminates discomfort during hair removal. As the numbing agent wears off, you may feel irritation. A thick, rough, or textured piece of clothing will add to the irritation, cause discomfort, and increase redness.
Will You Need to Buy Special Clothes to Wear After the Hair Removal?
No—you don't need to spend unnecessarily on a new post-procedure wardrobe. Even though some types of clothing may irritate your skin, it's likely you'll have plenty of options that are already in your closet.
What Types of Clothes Should You Wear After Hair Removal?
The specific outfit you wear to the procedure may depend on the hair removal area. Common laser removal areas include the legs, chest, back, face (chin and upper lip), neck, shoulders, and bikini zone. If you've chosen a facial procedure, you don't need to worry about your clothing choice. But if you plan to remove hair from other parts of the body, you'll need to select your wardrobe carefully. To reduce sensitivity, choose a post-removal outfit that either doesn't touch the lasered area or is soft and smooth.
Light, soft, breathable fabrics are best after a hair removal procedure. Avoid tight-fitting clothing, such as skinny jeans or a fitted sweater. Options you may want to consider (by hair removal area) include:
- Legs. Loose-fitting shorts or a short skirt will keep everything off the hair removal area. A simple, flowing (and short) sundress will also reduce the likelihood of irritation immediately after the procedure.
- Chest and back. A soft cotton loose tank can minimize discomfort after this type of laser removal.
- Shoulders. Again, a tank top made from soft, smooth cotton may help to stop clothing-related discomfort.
- Bikini area. Skip underwear and stick to soft, loose sweats or something similar.
You may need to continue wearing loose, soft clothing for the first few days after the hair removal. Your skin may feel sensitive during this time. Contact a local cosmetic surgeon to learn more about laser hair removal.