Laser Hair Removal: Preparation and What to Expect

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If you plan on getting laser hair removal, you must prepare for it in advance. Schedule your consultation with a doctor at Skin Deep Laser, MD. They will discuss the risks associated with the procedure and review your medical history. They will also suggest that you keep the following preparation tips in mind before the first session:

1. Minimize Exposure to the Sun

Stay away from the sun six weeks before the day of your appointment. Tanning may increase your risk of skin lightening. If you already have a tan or have recently used tanning products, you need to wait until the tan fades off before your first laser hair removal appointment. Use broad-spectrum sunblock every time you get out. 

2. Shave

The area that you wish to treat has to be completely shaved before the date of your appointment. Shave your legs no sooner than 24 hours before your appointment to minimize the risk of irritation and discomfort.

Shaving is the only appropriate form of hair removal before your appointment. Avoid tweezing, waxing, or using chemical depilatories. Laser treatments target your hair roots, so they have to be present. 

Use a clean, new razor to avoid contact dermatitis after your treatment. 

3. Pay Attention to Your Skincare Regimen

If you are using anti-aging skin products, you may need to stop using them a few days before your appointment. The products may have ingredients that could cause irritation. They include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid. Do not use any products that may cause photosensitivity 

4. Don’t Wear Makeup or Lotion

On the day of your appointment, cleanse your skin and do not apply makeup, lotion, or cream. Your provider will remove any products that you apply before the treatment

5. Stop Taking Oral Medication If Necessary

You may need to stop taking certain prescription medications before your consultation. If you are under any medication, let your doctor know about it ahead of time. They may suggest that you adjust your dosage or stop taking the medication completely. 

6. Avoid Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Chemical Peels

Do not get chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermal filler injections, or Botox injections 14 days before your appointment. 

What Should You Expect?

Laser hair removal is not painful. However, you may get a snapping feeling that goes away fast. Some patients may experience redness, swelling, and a minor itch. The symptoms should go away after a few days. 

During the removal process, you will need to wear protective eyewear. 

Even though your eyes will be covered, you may still be able to see a flash. Your provider will wear it as well. Parts of your body that do not need treatment have to be covered. 

After your treatment, you are required to limit exposure to the sun for at least two weeks. Your sunscreen should have SPF 20 or higher and Zinc. 

If you have any questions about laser hair removal, please discuss them with your laser technician before the date of your appointment.

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