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Laser Hair Removal Prep: What to Do Before and After Your Treatment

Laser hair removal is a dermatologist-recommended treatment that removes unwanted face and body hair with permanent results. When considering laser hair removal options, it is best to receive treatments from a medical doctor with trusted experience. A trained physician can administer the hair removal procedure in a safe and effective way, unlike some at-home-treatments which can pose risks to your skin. Whether you’ve already booked an appointment or are deciding if laser hair removal is right for you, here is how to prepare for the best results.

Don’t Worry, The ‘Lasers’ are Safe

When performed in a medical facility with a license, laser hair removal permanently reduces hair on many parts of the body. An experienced physician will conduct this laser treatment without causing any damage to the surrounding areas. In this method, a laser emits light that damages hair follicles to prevent them from growing hair.

In most cases, patients report that this treatment feels like a mild stinging sensation without any pain. If discomfort is experienced, a topical cream can be applied to reduce any discomfort.

What To Do Before Treatment

During your initial consultation, the doctor will examine the affected areas and determine how many treatments you'll need, along with your current medications and medical history, to alleviate any concerns. If you are taking certain medications, your treatment provider should be aware of everything you are taking because it can increase your risk of burns. Skincare products containing retinoids, salicylic acid, and hydroxy acids should also be avoided.

If your doctor recommends that you stop using certain products, you should also avoid plucking or waxing your hair for around six weeks before your laser hair removal session. Avoid tanning too, as paler skin may be more suitable for laser hair removal.

You should also shave the day before your treatment, take a shower right before to clean the treatment area, and avoid moisturizers and oils on the day of the treatment, if your provider has advised you to. It is important that your skin is clean and dry on the day of your laser hair removal.

Important Aftercare Steps Following Laser Hair Removal

For 24 hours following your appointment, it is important to avoid the sun and heat. Be sure to wear high UV sunscreen and avoid hot showers to avoid further irritation. You can take warmer showers after a day, but limit your exposure to the sun for at least 2 weeks.

You should avoid tanning for a while, and you should wait a few days before applying fragrance to the treatment areas. If you have had your armpits treated, you need to wait a few days before applying deodorant. There's no need to worry about the minor smell, since an underarm detox can help you reset your body's natural microbiome and remove dirt and oils more efficiently.

Finally, you should know that some minor side effects are normal after laser hair removal. There may be some slight redness, discoloration, and swelling in the area, but these are only temporary. When treated by an experienced physician, these side effects usually last between one and three days. An experienced physician will guide you through any side effects and ensure your treatment is a success.

Safe and Affordable Treatments With New Image MD

At New Image MD, where premium quality care is prioritized in an inviting environment, we know what makes laser hair removal effective. With the help of our board-certified physician and experienced staff, our patients are able to feel relaxed, confident, and assured during their aesthetic procedure.

We invite you to schedule an appointment with New Image MD today if you are interested in learning more about our Laser Hair Removal Treatments.

A beautiful woman displaying her laser hair removal results.


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  2. Erin Foster, L. (2021, April 21). Tips: What to do before and after laser hair removal. Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery.

  3. Laser Hair Removal: FAQs. American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.).

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