Laser hair removal refers to the use of concentrated beams of light to eliminate unwanted body hair. Using a process called selective photothermolysis, laser technology targets melanin pigment found within each hair follicle and absorbs its energy, thus disabling future growth.
Before undergoing laser hair removal, it is essential to take certain pre-care instructions into consideration for a successful and safe procedure.
- Firstly, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure or tanning beds at least two weeks before your appointment. This ensures that your skin is not overly sensitive or pigmented, which can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.
- If you need to go out, make sure to apply sunscreen generously on exposed areas of your body. You may also consider wearing wide-brimmed hats, big sunglasses, and protective clothing to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
- Refrain from waxing or plucking the targeted area for at least four weeks prior to your session, as these methods remove hair from its root, hindering the laser's ability to target follicles effectively. Shaving or trimming the hair in the treatment area a day before your appointment is advisable instead.
- Three days before your laser hair removal session, it's important not to use any topical prescription medicines in the areas that will receive treatment. This is necessary as certain medications can cause sensitivity or adverse reactions when combined with laser therapy.
- Do not apply any creams, lotions, makeup products, or deodorants on the day of your appointment, as they may create a barrier between your skin and the laser device.
- Another key aspect of preparatory care involves informing your technician about any medications you are currently taking, as some drugs can make skin more sensitive to light-based treatments. It is crucial for them to assess whether such medications should be discontinued temporarily before proceeding with laser hair removal.
- Additionally, if you have had recent prolonged exposure to antibiotics like Accutane within six months prior to treatment day or have active infections in areas targeted for removal, it might be necessary to postpone sessions until these conditions resolve completely.
- Also, ensure proper hydration by drinking plenty of water.
Before your laser hair removal appointment, it is crucial to prepare properly by shaving the area(s) that will be treated. To ensure maximum effectiveness of the treatment, please use a clean razor to achieve a close shave.
- Moisturize: After laser hair removal, it is crucial to keep the treated area moisturized. Applying a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer will help soothe any redness or irritation caused by the treatment. This step also aids in preventing dryness and promotes faster healing of the skin.
- Avoid sun exposure: Sun protection is essential post-laser hair removal as the treated area becomes more sensitive to harmful UV rays. It is recommended to stay out of direct sunlight for at least 48 hours after your session and use sunscreen with a high SPF on exposed areas if necessary.
- Keep cool: In order to alleviate any discomfort or swelling following laser hair removal, it's advisable to apply cold compresses or ice packs wrapped in a thin cloth onto the treated skin. This helps reduce inflammation and provides relief from potential heat sensations that may occur.
- Gentle cleansing: While maintaining hygiene is important, it's equally vital not to scrub or irritate the treated area excessively during cleaning routines. Opt for mild cleansers without harsh ingredients such as fragrances or alcohol; these can aggravate sensitivity and delay healing.
If you have any specific questions about the treatment, don't hesitate to ask! We are here to give you all the information you need to get ready for your treatment and are always happy to answer any questions you may have.