What you need to know about your laser hair removal treatment
Shave the area to be treated about 24 hours prior to your appointment. A small amount of very short stubble or shadow is OK, but longer must be shaved.
Do not wax, sugar, tweeze, pluck, thread or get electrolysis on the area for at least 4-6 weeks prior to your treatment. This removes the hair from the follicle which is the target for the laser and needed for an effective treatment. Shaving or trimming is fine.
Avoid products containing Retin-A, retinol, or glycolic/salicylic acid for at least 2 days prior to your treatment.
Do not bleach or use depilatories for at least 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
Do not expose the area to be treated to sun tanning or tanning beds for a few weeks before your treatment. If you are in the sun, apply a sunscreen.
Do not use any self-tanner on the area for at least 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
If there is a history of herpes, consult your Primary Care Provider for possible prophylactic antiviral therapy prior to your treatment.
If this it your first treatment, please arrive a few minutes early to complete your paperwork.
Immediately after the treatments, there should be redness and bumps at the treatment area, which may last up to 2 hours or longer. It is normal for the treated area to feel like sunburn for a few hours, up to 2-3 days. You should use a cold compress if needed. If any mild crusting appears, apply antibiotic cream and cleanse with mild soap and water. In some cases, it can take up to a full 2 weeks to be completely healed.
Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or higher at all times while undergoing treatment.
Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal methods (besides shaving) as it will prevent you from achieving your best results.
You may shower after the laser treatments. The treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. Skin should be patted dry and not rubbed. You may apply deodorant after 24 hours.
Sometimes stubble (looks like razor burn), representing dead hair being shed from the hair follicle, will appear after the treatment. This is normal and will fall out.
Anywhere from 1-3 weeks after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This is not new hair growth, but dead/injured hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hair exfoliate by washing or wiping with a washcloth.
Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment.
Multiple treatments will be required to achieve optimum results (typically at least 6-8 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for the face and the body spaced 6-8 weeks apart).