Smooth Finish: How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Though it may not seem like it, spring will be here before you know it. Don’t let warm weather sneak up on you and leave you on the rough end of a razor. Since laser hair removal takes a few sessions to achieve a totally smooth result, now is the perfect time to start. Here’s are some suggestions to follow before scheduling your session.

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Get a consultation – If you’ve never had laser hair removal before, you should first schedule a consultation with your doctor or aesthetician. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal. During your consultation, factors such as the location of the hair to be removed, the color and coarseness of the hair, and what stage of the growth cycle your hair is in will be discussed. During this one-on-one session, it’s also important for you to ask questions and provide information that will help ensure you get the results you’re looking for. Some questions you might want to ask include:

  • How many sessions will I need?
  • How long will it take before I see results?
  • What are potential side effects?
  • May I see before and after photos of other patients?
  • How much will the procedure cost?

You should also be prepared to provide your doctor with information that can affect the outcome of the procedure. Important information could include:

  • Your tendency to scar
  • What medications you’re taking
  • Your history of cold sores

Avoid tanning before the procedure – Having a tan can not only reduce the effectiveness of the laser hair removal procedure, it can also increase your risk of side effects like skin lightening. You should avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure for at least 72 hours before laser hair removal and for several weeks after the procedure. If you already have a tan – including one from using a self-tanner – it’s better to wait until your tan has faded before scheduling laser hair removal.

Don’t pluck, wax, or bleach – Hair removal methods like plucking and waxing (and even electrolysis) disturb the hair follicle and can reduce the effectiveness of laser hair removal. You should abstain from any of these hair removal practices for 2-4 weeks prior to your appointment. Don’t worry, you can still shave the target areas before your session. In fact, shaving is often recommended before laser treatment as it leaves the hair follicle intact and makes it more visible for the laser to target. Bleaching should also be avoided before your session, as it can also reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.

Wear loose clothing – On the day of your appointment, wear something that is loose-fitting and will make it easy to access the target area. Your skin will be sensitive after laser treatment, so loose clothing will allow you to have a more comfortable post-procedure experience.

Once warmer weather arrives, you’ll be wishing that you got started with laser hair removal treatments months ago instead of being stuck with the hassle of shaving and waxing. Don’t put it off any longer, schedule your consultation today!

Do you know someone who would appreciate the gift of smooth, hairless skin? Laser hair removal makes a perfect holiday or year-end gift! Ask us about gift cards for that special someone.


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