Laser Hair Removal Pre and Post Treatment Guidelines
Laser hair removal is a safe, non-invasive procedure to rid your skin of unwanted hair on the legs, arms, underarms, abdomen, chest, face and back. Optimal results may require multiple treatments.
Cold Sores: If you have a history of cold sores, ask us about pre-care instructions.
Important Pre Treatment Step
Avoid Sun for 4-6 Weeks Before Treatment: Tan skin cannot be treated as you risk burning the skin. Therefore, please take special care to avoid the sun and tanning beds on the area to be treated for 4-6 weeks before treatment. Wear broad-spectrum sun protection with SPF 30 or higher on any exposed area every day.
The intensity and duration of your side effects depends on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics, but usually can last up to a few days after treatment.
You may have some degree of redness and tenderness, but it should resolve within a few hours after treatment, and at most within a few days.
Some may experience slight re-growth of some hair, though it is usually finer and lighter than what was originally removed.
After Treatment Skin Care
Avoid Excessive Heat: For 2 days post-treatment, avoid partaking in activities that will heat up your skin, such as going in a hot tub/Jacuzzi/sauna, or strenuous exercise.
Skin Care Products: All of your skin care products should be non-irritating and non-clogging on the treatment area for the first week. Please do not use any scrubs, toners, glycolic acid, retinoids (RetinA or retinol), or bleaching creams (hydroquinone) until your skin has healed.
Sunscreen: Proper and frequent application of sunscreen is very important. The sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. You should apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, and again, immediately before. After that, reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. If direct sun exposure is necessary, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. Use this regimen during the healing period and always.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call!