You may not know it but there are a few things that you can do to make your visits with your technician a bit easier. When you come in for your laser hair removal treatment, here are a few tips to keep in mind…
For 3-4 weeks prior to your visit, please refrain from waxing, plucking, tweezing or threading. The laser needs a target. Without visible hair in the follicles, there is nothing for the laser to target. Hence, there is no way to tell which hairs need to be zapped away.
Although you shouldn’t do the above for 3-4 weeks prior, it is however suggested that you shave 24 hours in advance. This is one of the few instances in your life where that stubble will actually be helpful! You want to have as little hair as possible on the surface of the skin, while still keeping your follicles intact. Without them, making the laser search for something that isn’t there is just a waste of energy. Shaving the day of may make your skin more irritated. It is crucial that you speak with your technician beforehand to make sure you do everything possible to keep yourself comfortable.
Another thing you want to steer clear of is antibiotics – for at least 14 days prior to your treatment. Antibiotics generally make us sensitive to light, which could lead to burning or hyper-pigmentation. If you happen to be on antibiotics long term, we can do a test patch in the area first.
You’ll also want to discontinue any Retin-A or retinol products within a week prior to your visit. If not, this could also make your skin more irritated.
We also suggest you limit sun exposure before as well as after your laser hair removal treatment. Depending on the tone of your skin – 2 weeks for darker, and 4-6 weeks for fairer tones.
If you’re having a Smoothbeam treatment, you’ll want to come to our office at least one hour before the procedure so that you have time to use the numbing cream effectively.
Lastly, after having your laser hair removal treatment you are allowed to be in the sun, but you must wear sunscreen and try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
I hope this post was helpful and able to give you better understanding of the typical “do’s and don’ts” recommended by your technician!