How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal and After Care Tips

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal and After Care Tips

Laser hair removal is one of the most sought-after aesthetic procedures on the market, adopted by men and women seeking convenience and the freedom to live without hair, with smooth and healthy skin. It is a safe, long lasting and effective method that offers financial savings benefits.

Laser hair removal can be applied to almost any part of the body. Popular areas for women include full bikini and underarm, full legs, half legs, face and buttocks. For men, popular areas include intimate areafull back, chest, beard line, and full beard. The procedure works by destroying the hair follicle at the root, making it a much more practical and effective option compared to other hair removal methods. 

Laser hair removal requires some simple but important preparation steps for your skin. Are you ready for smoother, softer, hair-free skin? Learn more about how to prepare for the session and aftercare in this article.

Laser Hair Removal Pre-Treatment Care

  • We recommend a patch test before your first laser hair removal treatment, especially for those with sensitive or darker skin tones
  • The area must be shaved on the day of your appointment. Do not wax, tweeze, or thread before and during the treatment course
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least a month before treatment (sunlight or sunbeds) or self-tanning cream
  • Inform the clinic of any medications you're taking. Some medications can increase sun sensitivity and need to be discussed with your practitioner before laser hair removal session
  • Discontinue using certain products for a few days before treatment. This includes acid-based skincare products like retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid
  • Do not have open wounds or bruises in the treatment area
  • Avoid cosmetic treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion for at least two weeks beforehand
  • Do not exercise before the treatment
  • Avoid hot baths, saunas, and jacuzzis right before your appointment

On the day of your appointment:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid applying any products to the treatment area. Keep it clean and dry
  • Avoid perfumes and lotions on the treated area, as they can affect the laser's effectiveness
  • Arrive with the treatment area clean and free of makeup.

Laser Hair Removal After-Treatment Care

  • Apply cool compresses or cool cloths to reduce any redness, swelling, or discomfort.
  • Moisturise regularly with a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser, preferably one containing aloe vera, to keep the treated skin hydrated and prevent dryness
  • Avoid sunbathing for 4 weeks
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher to the treated area daily, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin from sun exposure
  • Use a razor to shave the treated area when necessary.  Do not wax, tweeze, or thread for the complete duration of the treatment course
  • Gentle exfoliate the treatment area before shaving
  • Suspend use of acids for 7 days
  • Avoid exercising, hot baths, saunas, and jacuzzis right after the session
  • Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within
  • Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing to avoid friction on the treated area.

By following the aftercare instructions outlined here, you can maximise the effectiveness of your laser hair removal treatment and minimise the risk of potential side effects. These simple guidelines will ensure a smooth recovery and help you achieve the long-lasting results you desire. 

If you have any questions before or during your treatment, please don't hesitate to contact us

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