What to Expect from Laser Hair Removal
What should I do prior to laser hair removal to ensure success?
Skin care routine
Avoid anything abrasive or damaging to the skin for one month prior to treatment. Stop using any moisturizer or skin treatments with alpha hydroxy acid or Retin A. Also, don’t do any skin peels or other harsh treatments.
Makeup may be used after treatment, just be sure to use moisturizer or the green gel under your makeup. Moisturizer will help the dead hair to exfoliate from the follicle, so use moisturizer frequently and freely on the treated area. Be sure your moisturizer DOES NOT have any alpha-hydroxy acid or retin A.
- Prior to laser hair removal, stop sun exposure for one month prior to treatment. Suntanned skin cannot be treated with lasers. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or more at all times throughout the course of your treatments. Be aware of your sun exposure and repeat the use of sunscreen every 1-1.5 hours when outdoors, or cover the area that is undergoing laser treatment.
- It is important not to have any sun exposure or suntan on the areas that are having laser treatment. If the area is suntanned, the skin will have increased levels of melanin, which will absorb more of the laser energy intended for the hair follicle. This can lead to both decreased efficacy of the hair removal and an increase in the possibility of side effects or complications. Therefore, certain areas of the body might be best to treat in colder months, when you won't have sun exposure.
Stop spray tans and self tanning creams for 1 - 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Stop -cycline antibiotic for one month prior to treatment. Cycline antibiotics are frequently used to treat acne and include tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline.
- Stop Accutane (acne treatment) at least 6 months prior to treatment.
Hair removal methods
- Stop other hair removal methods for one month prior to treatment including waxing, plucking, threading, sugaring, depilatory (Nair)
- Shaving is OK up to the day prior to treatment.
What should I do during the timespan I'm receiving laser hair removal treatment?
No hair removal!
- Do not use any other hair removal methods or products on the treated area during the course of your laser treatments (tweezing, waxing, depilatories) as it will prevent you from achieving your best result.
What should I expect after my laser hair removal treatment?
- You may notice redness and bumps at the treatment site which may last for a few moments to a few hours. It is normal for the area to feel like a slight sunburn for a few hours. You may use a cold compress if needed. Use the provided green gel lightly as needed.
- Starting 1-2 weeks after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur and this may appear as new hair growth. This is NOT all new hair! This is mainly dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hair to exfoliate by doing your normal daily hair care, like shaving. While taking your daily shower, take time to rub the lasered area with a cloth or loofa.
Skin care routine
- Makeup may be used after treatment, just be sure to use moisturizer or the green gel under your makeup. Moisturizer will help the dead hair to exfoliate from the follicle, so use moisturizer frequently and freely on the treated area. Be sure your moisturizer DOES NOT have any alpha-hydroxy acid or retin A.
About 1 in 10 people will have some itching after treatment. Bothersome itching can be treated with a cold compress, Benadryl cream, oral antihistamine (Benadryl, Allegra, Claritin). If there is no improvement, call us to discuss alternative solutions.