Laser Hair Removal Patch Test: What You Need to Know

Laser Hair Removal Patch Test: What You Need to Know

Laser hair removal is a popular choice for those seeking to eliminate unwanted hair. This technology uses targeted wavelengths of light to damage hair follicles and prevent further growth. While generally safe and effective for most people, undergoing a patch test before the full procedure is crucial for many reasons.

This article will guide you through everything you need to know about this important step for a successful treatment and achieving your desired results.

What is a Patch Test?

A patch test is a recommended procedure for anyone considering laser hair removal. During your consultation, one of our laser technicians will perform a patch test on each small area you wish to treat. This is because hair can vary in thickness and colour across different body parts, allowing us to determine the most suitable laser settings for your specific skin type and goals.

We understand you might have questions about the laser hair removal process. To address these, during your patch test consultation, we'll cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision, such as pain level, the number of sessions typically needed, and how your skin might react. This patch test is a perfect opportunity to get all your questions answered before the full treatment.

While laser hair removal is generally safe, some people may experience allergic reactions or skin irritation. Additionally, as the test area is small, any potential issues are reduced. It's crucial to inform the laser technician about any history of skin sensitivity. This allows for personalised treatment and ensures your safety. In the rare case of an allergic reaction during the patch test, the procedure will be stopped immediately, and you'll be advised to consult a doctor. We will also provide guidance on pre- and post-treatment care during your consultation.

What to expect during the patch test?

During a patch test, a tiny laser beam is used on a small area of your skin. This helps assess how your skin absorbs the light energy and reacts to it. The consultation process typically takes from 30 min to 1 hour. During this assessment, several factors will be evaluated to determine the most suitable laser types and treatment plan for your specific skin type, treatment goals and expectations. 

We analyse skin tone, hair type, treatment area, hair quantity, and contraindications.

During the consultation, the therapist will explain how laser hair removal works, detail the treatment process and factors influencing your results, review your medical history and current medications, and provide information on pre-treatment and aftercare laser requirements, as well as the cost and frequency of treatments.

Why Get a Patch Test Before Laser Hair Removal?

At Movmore Clinic, we take safety and optimal results seriously. That's why we recommend a patch test before your first laser hair removal treatment, especially for those with sensitive or darker skin tones. A patch test is a valuable investment that ensures a safe and personalised laser hair removal experience.

A Patch Test consultation for laser hair removal  allows us to assess your skin's reaction to the laser, minimising irritation risks. During the consultation, we discuss your goals, hair and skin type, and desired outcome. This information, combined with your skin's response, helps us tailor a treatment plan specifically for you to achieve effective hair removal with lasting results in the exact number of sessions you need. 

How far in advance of my first laser hair removal session should I book my patch test?

You should schedule your consultation (and therefore your patch test) at least 48 hours before your desired first treatment session. This allows enough time for the technician to review your reaction to the patch test and ensure your skin is ready for the full treatment.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my patch test?

For the patch test, ensure the area is completely shaved using only a razor or depilatory cream. You must not use any hair removal methods that pull hairs from the root, such as waxing or tweezing.

Additionally, you should not wear fake tan before having laser hair removal. Make sure all residue has been removed from the skin before the session. 

Sun exposure can also interfere with the patch test, so avoid sunbathing for at least 4 weeks beforehand. Additionally, suspend use of acids for 2 days before the consultation.

Is there a cost for a patch test?

Our laser hair removal consultation includes a thorough discussion of your goals and a patch test to ensure your skin reacts well to the treatment. This fee of €25 is separate from the treatment cost itself.

Ready to learn more?  Browse our laser hair removal treatment areas and pricing. 

What happens following the patch test?

Following your consultation, to ensure your safety, we require a 48-hour waiting period after the patch test to confirm your booking. All booking information will be provided during your consultation. However, feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the patch test or laser hair removal treatment.