You’ve scheduled your laser hair removal appointment and you’re wondering the best way to prepare. While you may have experimented with at-home laser hair removal machines, to get the best results and have a comfortable experience with professional hair removal, preparation is key. In this guide, we’ll walk you through essential steps to take before your laser hair removal session.
In the weeks leading up to your laser hair removal appointment, it’s important to avoid plucking, waxing, or any hair removal method that involves pulling out the hair from the root. The laser targets the hair follicle, and removing the hair from the root disrupts the process. Allow the hair to grow naturally so that the laser can effectively target the follicle during your session.
Shaving is recommended a day or two before your session, except for the face. If you have long facial hair, it is recommended to trim it.
Shaving the treatment area ensures that the hair above the skin’s surface is at an optimal length for the laser to target the follicle. It also reduces the chances of discomfort during the session and allows the laser to focus on its intended target without interference from long hair.
Sun exposure can make your skin more sensitive and increase the risk of complications during and after laser hair removal. Tanning, whether from natural sunlight or tanning beds, should be avoided in the weeks leading up to your appointment. If you have a tan or sunburn, it’s best to reschedule your session to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.
If you’ve been using hair bleaching products on the treatment area, it’s advisable to stop using them a few weeks before your laser hair removal appointment. Bleaching can lighten the hair and reduce the effectiveness of the laser, as the laser targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. Allowing the hair to grow naturally and without interference will yield better results.
Certain medications can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the laser. Be sure to inform your laser hair removal technician about any medications you’re currently taking, including topical creams and antibiotics.
Consult with your healthcare professional before stopping any medications. Avoid iron supplements over 65 mg, antibiotics, exfoliating agents like Retin-A, alpha or beta hydroxy acids, toners, or any irritating creams for two weeks prior. If you have been on oral Accutane or immunosuppressants in the past six months, or have received vaccinations within a week, please inform us.
On the day of your appointment, ensure that the treatment area is clean and free from any lotions, creams, makeup, or deodorants. These products can create a barrier that interferes with the effectiveness of the laser. Clean, product-free skin ensures that the laser can penetrate the hair follicles accurately.
Choose loose-fitting and comfortable clothing for your appointment. Depending on the treatment area, you might need to expose the area being treated. Wearing comfortable clothes makes the process more relaxed and ensures that your skin remains comfortable afterward.
Proper preparation leads to a successful laser hair removal experience. By following these steps, you can make sure your session will give you the most comfortable, safe, and effective results.
Flawless Skin Center is committed to providing you with the best possible care and guidance throughout your laser hair removal journey. Contact us today to get started on the smooth, hair-free skin you’re looking for.