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The initial Laser Hair Removal preparations can begin weeks before the first treatment takes place. These steps often involve preparing your skin and unwanted hair to make them more conducive to laser treatments.
If you normally wax, tweeze, use depilatories or bleach your unwanted hair, these methods should be discontinued 4-5 weeks prior to laser treatment. Shaving is recommended instead. This is mainly a precaution to ensure that the hair removal process is completed efficiently and correctly.
Lasers are attracted to melanin in hair and skin, so if you have tanned skin or regularly apply tanning creams and lotions, these should be discontinued 4-5 weeks in advance of your laser treatments.
This also means that patients should avoid sun exposure in the time leading up to laser hair removal. Sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) should be applied before any prolonged time outdoors. Sunburned skin should not be treated with laser procedure.
Within 24 hours of your laser hair removal appointment, it is recommended that the chosen areas are shaved of all existing hair with the exception of the face. The facial hair should be visible. Shaving the treated areas allows the laser procedure to be completed efficiently, with less discomfort and/or pain during the hair removal process.
When you arrive for your hair removal appointment, you are expected to be ideally shaved and clean. Additional instructions would be to avoid applications of lotion, makeup, perfumes, and deodorant on the treatment day. Any substances on the skin surface during treatment can refract the laser's energy and interfere with the laser's effectiveness.
If you feel you have a low pain tolerance, an anesthetic cream may be applied 30-40 minutes to the treated skin for numbness. The numbing cream should be wiped off prior to laser hair removal procedure.
After session is over, you will likely notice that your skin appears red and somewhat irritated from the treatment. This is completely normal, and the best thing you can do at this time is to keep your skin well hydrated, protected from the sun, and free from excess irritation. Our center offers post-laser lotions that can help minimize redness and sensitivity for patients who desire it.
By following these basic guidelines for laser-treated skin, patients should be able to resume daily activities immediately post treatment. The tone and feel of treated skin should be back to normal within 1-5 days.
Usually treatments are spaced out 4-8 weeks apart depending on the body area and the hair cycle length for that area. For most body areas 4-6 weeks space is recommended between laser hair removal procedures, whereas others may require to wait at least 8-10 weeks. Typically the shedding of the treated hairs takes about 2 to 3 weeks. The hair should be allowed to fall out on their own and should not be manipulated. If you should have further questions please do not hesitate to ask our specialists. Free consultation is always available and strongly recommended.