What You Need to Know Before Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment
We know you’re excited to be fuzz-free But before you show up, you need to make sure you’ve read and understand everything on this list.
Things To Avoid
FIVE TO SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
You should stop waxing, using hair removal creams or chemicals, tweezing and electrolysis, as well as bleaching your hair.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
Avoid direct sun contact for long periods of time, tanning beds, spray-tans and self-tanners. If you are out and about, apply sunblock with at least SPF 50 and use protection such as wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and long-sleeved clothing.
THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT
Stop using any products on areas being treated with the laser.
YOU MUST SHAVE
Please shave the area(s) we’re treating the day before your appointment in the direction that the hair grows. Shaving helps our state-of-the-art technology work at its maximum capacity. It allows for your machines to get as close to the root of the hair as possible.
YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT MAKE UP
We have wipes handy in case you forget but it is important that makeup, deodorant, lotion, sunscreen and anything else you might put on your skin must be removed from the area being treated before your appointment.
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM
Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time for your free consultation and check in. We may even be able to get you in and out sooner. If you’re more than 10 minutes late, we may have to reschedule. Valet parking is available for $6.
A Few More Things We Need to Know
Any changes to your medical history?
New diagnosis? New pregnancy? New medications? We need to know. Please tell us, as some medical conditions and medications may affect your treatment. Your health and safety is our top priority and we may have to reschedule.
If you get cold sores
If you have a history of HSV-1 or HSV-2, we recommend you take an antiviral medication starting 24-48 hours before your treatment to prevent an outbreak. We also recommend continuing for three to five days after. If you have an active sore please call us to reschedule.
If you have tattoos
We cannot laser areas with tattoos directly. If you have tattoos near the areas you will be working on, we need to know. We will help you cover these areas.
What To Do After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
First, thanks for choosing us! Second, congrats! You’re one step closer to being hair-free and smooth. However, results do vary and the best results depend on you. Following everything on this list will give you the best chance at the most successful results. Questions? Call us!
Before we get explain post-care instructions, let’s talk about what you should expect in terms of results. About 10%-15% of your hair in the treated area will begin to fall out on its own within the next two weeks. You may continue to shave as needed, but continue to avoid waxing, bleaching, plucking or anything that will pull your hair follicles out. Your hair will likely start to grow back in four weeks for the face and neck or six weeks for your body. HOWEVER, after several treatments, that hair will typically be softer, finer and less dense. It is important to stay consistent with each treatment appointment and complete your entire package for the best hair reduction results possible. With our lasers and the correct maintenance, up to 80% hair reduction is possible.
REMEMBER TO MOISTURIZE
After your treatment you should moisturize the treated area with a thin layer of Vaseline. If there is irritation, apply up to 3 times daily.
STAY OUT OF THE SUN
We strongly recommend you avoid direct sun exposure for at least three days after your treatment, and always apply sunblock with SPF 50+ to the treated area any time you are outside. Using barrier protection such as wide-brimmed hats, large sunglasses and protective clothing is also very helpful.
STAY COOL & DRY
You should avoid steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, pedicures and exercise/sweating for 24 hours, and avoid swimming for at least three days after your treatment.
CHILL OUT IN THE SHOWER
You should avoid the hot baths & showers and take short, cool or lukewarm showers and avoid scrubbing or shaving the area too much. After showering, gently pat the area with a clean towel in order to dry
Avoid things like harsh soaps, medicated washes, scrubs, peels, and topical prescription products, such as retinoids for at least three days. We recommend applying only Vaseline, Aquaphor, hydrocortisone 1%, or sunscreen as needed. Remember, do not scrub the area.
What to Do If You Have These Common Side Effects…
FOR LASER BUMPS
Laser Bumps are normal and very common in areas with coarse, dense hair, and their presence lets you know the treatment was effective. Also known as folliculitis, these small bumps will resolve within a few days, and will be less intense with each subsequent treatment. To help them resolve quickly, avoid direct heat, as well as activities that cause you to sweat. Avoid picking, scratching, shaving, and tight clothing. Apply hydrocortisone 1% or Vaseline 3 times a day until resolved.
FOR REDNESS, SWELLING OR DISCOMFORT
You should apply cool ice packs to the affected area, rotating on and off every three to five minutes for one to two hours (do not apply ice pack for more than five minutes at a time). Applying hydrocortisone 1% or Vaseline to the affected area up to three times a day until it resolves can also help.
We recommend taking oral liquid Benadryl, Allegra or Clartin (antihistamines available over-the-counter) as needed, as well as applying hydrocortisone 1%, and Vaseline to the affected area up to three times per day until it resolves. Also, avoid scratching the area.
Questions? Experiencing anything not covered here? Give us a call. For the best results, do not forget to stay up to date with your appointments. It is recommended that you come in every 6 weeks.