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Your First Laser Hair Removal Appointment: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Posted on June 3, 2021 by Dr Elenora Fedoneko

Laser hair removal is a highly effective and simple way to achieve long-term hair removal. However, due to the use of precisely tuned laser light pulses, there are a few precautions you should take prior to the procedure to maximize the benefits and minimize any chance of complications.

For at Least Two Weeks Beforehand

Avoid direct sun exposure to the area being treated and any artificial tanning products and UV tanning beds. Apply sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather. The sunscreen should ideally be at least SPF 30.

Avoid any other cosmetic procedures on the area to be treated during this period, including Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels. Also, avoid using any abrasive skincare products.

For Two or Three Days Before Treatment

Avoid the use of creams and lotions containing compounds that might increase your sensitivity to light. Ingredients to be avoided include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and hydroxy acids.

The Day Before

The area to be treated should be completely shaved 24 hours beforehand. It’s important to avoid any other hair removal products or techniques, such as chemical hair removal products, as well as waxing or pulling hair out. This is to ensure that hair follicles (which will be targeted by the laser light pulses during the procedure) are not damaged before treatment. It’s a great idea to also try to get a full night’s sleep before the treatment as a way to help reduce your stress level the day of your treatment.

On the Day of the Procedure

Shower thoroughly, but avoid any and all creams, perfumes, lotions, deodorants, powders, and cosmetics. Ensure that you drink plenty of water during the day – this may also help reduce your pain sensitivity. It may also be a good idea to avoid coffee or tea beforehand, as caffeine can lower your pain threshold. Your practitioner may also recommend that you use medications before treatment to minimize the pain later on. This could include pain killers, numbing creams, or antihistamines.

During the Procedure

The practitioner will review your recent medical history and verify that you’ve avoided using any proscribed products immediately before treatment. Then, they’ll review the proposed treatment and will probably verify that your expectations are reasonable, and that you understand that hair loss will be progressive after treatment, and that several procedures will probably be required.

Depending on the areas being treated, they may supply protective eyewear, as well as ensuring that all body areas not being treated are shielded from any stray light. They will also normally use one or more techniques to minimize any pain or discomfort. This may include taking mild pain killers before treatment, applying numbing cream or lotion, and/or using an ice pack to numb the skin. 

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing laser hair removal procedures. We provide expert advice on the best techniques to address your particular concerns and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure and how best to prepare for it. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. We can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.

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Dr. Fedonenko is a member of the American College of Physicians and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

She completed her Residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1998 and has since specialized in Cosmetic Dermatology.

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