How should I prepare for my laser hair removal?
Before your treatment, you must not wax or pluck the hair you want to be removed. Stay out of the sun and avoid tanning, including artificial tanning products and tanning beds. If you have a history of cold sores, viral infection, or herpes, you should take an anti-viral medication three days before your appointment. We also recommend that you do not use any Retin-A, Renova, Retinol, Tazorac, Tretinoin, Glycolic, Alpha-hydroxy, or any skin lightening products in the area to be treated.
On the day of your treatment, you should gently wash the area being treated and do not apply any products or makeup, including lotion, deodorant, powders, or perfumes. You also need to shave the areas to be treated with a clean, new razor before your treatment. Arrive for your appointment in loose, comfortable clothing.
What is the recovery from laser hair removal like?
After your laser hair removal treatment, you must be gentle with the area treated. That means no scratching or picking at your skin. If you must take a shower, do not use hot water on the treated areas immediately following your procedure.
Mild swelling, redness, and tenderness are all typical side effects, and any discomfort should subside after six hours. You may take Tylenol if you choose, and use a cold compress as needed. Avoid sun exposure, and use a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher on the treatment area. The treated hair will exfoliate or push out in about two to three weeks. It may appear darker and thicker before falling out. Avoid swimming, sports, and strenuous exercise for two to three days following your treatment.