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Laser Hair Removal
Pre & Post Care Instructions

Laser Hair Removal Pre Care Instructions

  • Do not use skin care products on the area to be treated. This includes moisturizers, oils, makeup, perfumes, deodorant, antiperspirant, or powder, depending on the area being treated. If you use any kind of topical medication on your skin, be sure to notify your technician when scheduling your laser hair removal appointment.

  • For your own comfort please wear, or bring loose fitting cotton clothing to wear after your appointment.

  • Antibiotics may increase photo-sensitivity. We recommend that you check with your personal physician prior to receiving laser treatments if you are taking a long-term antibiotic. If you become ill and begin taking an antibiotic, you will need to be off the medication for 7 days before laser treatment.

  • If you have Botox or dermal fillers in the area to be treated, wait 14 days both before and after injection to receive treatments.

  • Clients should not perform any physical activity that increases body temperature or blood pressure within 2 hours after treatments.

  • Clients who have used Accutane or similar products within the last 6 months CANNOT have laser hair removal treatments.

  • Clients must stop waxing, tweezing and chemical depilatory 2 weeks prior to treatment. If you are prone to cold sores, it is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication prior to your treatment. Clients with active cold sores will not be treated.

  • Clients with any abnormal lesions, moles or spots on the area to be treated must be cleared by a medical practitioner prior to treatment.

  • All alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinols/retinoid, Tazorac, and Differin for 7 days before treatment.

  • Avoid chemical peels and other laser procedures in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior, and 2 weeks after your laser treatment.

  • Clients should come to appointments with clean skin on the area to be treated. No makeup, or deodorant (if underarms are being treated).

  • If applicable, apply numbing cream 30 to 40 minutes prior to your treatment. All products must be completely removed prior to treatment.

  • Avoid sunless tanning products 14 days prior to your treatment. It is recommended that you exfoliate the area to remove any residual color.

  • Avoid UV exposure 14 days prior to your treatment. Clients who are sunburned or tanned must wait 2 to 4 weeks before being treated to avoid additional skin damage.

  • Before every treatment shave the area being treated closely.

Laser Hair Removal Pre & Post Care

Laser Hair Removal Post Care Instructions

  • Hair growth varies. On average, most will experience a level of hairless happiness after 6-9 sessions which will result in not even checking for stubble.

  • Do not pick/scratch/wax/thread/tweeze the area. Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. do not use any other hair removal methods or products, other than shaving, on the treated area during the course of your laser treatments, as it will prevent you from achieving the best results.

  • Avoid the sun. Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of dark or light spots for 14 days. Use sunscreen (spf 25 or higher) at all times throughout the treatment period & for 1-2 months following.

  • Exfoliate to speed up hair shedding. Anywhere from 5-30 days after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur & this may appear as new hair growth. It is not new hair growth, but the dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. You can help the hair come out by washing with a washcloth or a Shobha® Exfoliating Cloth (sold at LH) & shaving.

  • Avoid any tanning in between treatment, as this will increase your risk for burning during your treatment and permanent hyper-pigmentation.

  • No makeup & lotion/moisturizer/deodorant for the first 24 hours. Keep the treated area clean & dry, if further redness or irritation persists, skip your makeup & moisturizer, & deodorant (for underarms) until the irritation has subsided.

  • Pigmentation changes (hypo or hyper pigmentation) may occur with darker skin types. Changes will normalize within a few weeks.

  • Avoid irritants such as Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, and glycolics, bleaching creams and exfoliants for 1 week.

  • Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous working out.

  • Cleanse the area treated gently. The treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. Skin should be patted dry & not rubbed during the first 48 hours.

  • Redness & Bumps are normal. Immediately after your treatment, redness & bumps at the treatment area are common; these may last up to 2 hours or longer. It is normal for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours. You should use a cold compress if the sensitivity continues. If there is any crusting, apply an antibiotic cream. Darker pigmented skin may have more discomfort than lighter skin & may persist longer.


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