Tips: What To Do Before And After Laser Hair Removal

By Summer Elliott, LA August 3, 2017 7 Comments

before and after laser hair removal

In recent years laser hair removal has grown to become one of the most popular hair removal techniques. Advancements in laser-based technologies have made the procedure a safer and better alternative to electrolysis.

Any laser-based treatment has the potential to yield undesired results. Common side effects of laser hair removal are swelling, redness, or irritation of the skin. All of which typically resolve on their own overtime without further intervention.

There are, however, simple things patients can do before and after their procedure to limit any unwanted side effects.

Before Laser Hair Removal

  • Always go for an in-person consultation with your provider before committing to a treatment. An experienced provider will be able to assess your candidacy and estimate the number of treatments you may need
  • During your consultation discuss the types of medications you are currently taking. Some prescriptions can cause photosensitivity, which can lead to burns.
  • Stop using skincare products with strong ingredients like retinoids or alfa hydrody acid (AHA)
  • Avoid all forms of tanning (i.e. tanning from the natural sun, tanning beds, spray tans, and self-tanning products) for 6 weeks prior to your treatment. Laser treatments on tanned skin can result in long-term pigmentation issues.
  • Avoid plucking, waxing, or bleaching your hair for 6 weeks prior to your appointment as plucking out hair by the root will decrease the effectiveness of your laser treatment
  • Shave the day before your treatment (as directed by your provider). Shaving encourages the hair follicle to enter its active growing stage which is the ideal stage for laser targeting
  • Take a shower right before your appointment and clean the treatment area, making sure to remove dirt and oil from the skin. Avoid using any skincare products (including moisturizer) after you cleanse

After Laser Hair Removal

  • Attend any scheduled follow-up or maintenance treatments as directed by your provider in a timely manner
  • Avoid the sun (and tanning beds) and wear a high-quality sunscreen as UV exposure can irritate the treated skin and complicate the hair removal process.
  • “Sun-less” tanning options like spray tans or self-tanning products can be used between treatment sessions as long as their use is discontinued 2 weeks prior to your next treatment.
  • Continue to shave, instead of plucking, tweezing, or waxing, if you need to remove hair between treatments
  • Gently exfoliate the treated skin 2-3 times per week using a loofah or washcloth. This minimizes the risk of developing ingrown hairs
  • Take lukewarm showers for the first week after your treatment
  • Avoid using perfumes or deodorants for 48 hours after your treatment

 


Summer Elliott, LA

Summer Elliott is a licensed aesthetician experienced in analyzing and determining which treatments are best for each individual client’s needs. Her expertise in laser and cosmetic procedures includes Laser Hair Removal, Chemical peels, V-Beam , Hydrafacial MD, Microdermabrasion, Cooltouch for acne, and the Illuminizing facial. She was licensed and trained as an Esthetician at Avenue 5 Institute of Austin, and continued her education in Medical Aesthetics at Texas Laser and Aesthetics Training Academy.


7 Responses to “Tips: What To Do Before And After Laser Hair Removal”

  1. Barbera says:

    My mother and I have always wanted to try doing laser hair removal for our peach fuzz and armpits and now that we are finding somewhere to make an appointment I wanted some tips on what we should do to prepare. You mentioned in the article how before laser hair removal you should have a talk with the provider about any medications that you are currently taking. I have no idea that photosensitivity could lead to burn with hair removal. Thanks for the advice that I can pass on to my mother.

  2. Larry says:

    Thanks for the tip of avoiding using products with ingredients like retinoids and AHA. My wife has been thinking about getting some laser hair removal, but has some sensitive skin that has had her using some stronger skincare products with those exact ingredients. If she does decide to go through with the laser hair removal, we will be sure to not use those strong products before the removal.

  3. Zidane says:

    Thank you for your tips on what to do before and after laser hair removal. I especially appreciate your tip on exfoliating 2-3 times per week after removal to reduce ingrown hairs. We’ll share this with our clientele (were in Australia).

  4. Ashley says:

    Thanks for your tip to get a consultation with a professional before you get treated to make sure that it’s right for you. I appreciate your advice to use a lot of sunscreen after treatment and avoid going tanning. My sister is considering hair removal and is trying to prepare for the process.

  5. Zachary says:

    Great tips! I like how you mentioned about going an in-person consultation with the provider before committing a treatment. I’m going on the vacation and in order to look perfect, I need laser hair removal. I’ll definitely consider recommendations while choosing the right services.

  6. Jason says:

    It is always important to follow after care instructions. The type of laser used for treatment is also important. Darker skin types require gold standard long pulsed nd:yag and lighter skin tones are great for alexandrite or diode laser. It is important to know what type of laser is being used on you. Some times clinics will use an IPL or BBL for hair removal, IPL is an outdated approach and can cause burns especially on darker skin tones. The treatment will hurt and cause some irritation but that is normal because your hair follicle is being impacted by the laser which is destroying the follicle. MedLaser USA has the most affordable and effective lasers in the industry which can help any clinic lower the cost of treatments passing those savings on to clientele. Visit us a http://www.medlaserusa.com

  7. Steele says:

    I had no idea that the medicines I take may lead to burns in case I decide to have a laser hair removal procedure! I am considering having it, and I will make sure to take all of my pills to the doctor. I hope they are not harmful to this procedure, and I will not have to stop taking them.

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