Grooming is very personal. However, when it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair we all know how tedious and time-consuming it can be to trim, shave, wax, and pluck. One of the most effective solutions to reducing hair growth is laser hair removal treatment. 

The treatment is perfect for individuals who want smoother, hair-free skin. Say goodbye to long “everything showers”. With some careful preparation, you can ensure that you get the best results from your laser hair removal session.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment

There are several simple ways to prepare for laser hair removal. Following these do’s and don’ts of laser treatments will not only help to make the treatment as effective as possible, but it will also put your mind at ease if it’s your first time.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a hair removal technique which uses concentrated beams of light to target hair follicles and prevent new growth. Laser hair removal is known for its precision, selectively targeting coarse hair while sparing the surrounding skin.

Different types of lasers, such as alexandrite, diode, Nd: YAG, and ruby lasers, are used based on factors like the individual’s skin tone and hair colour. It’s important to note that laser treatment doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal, but long-term hair reduction. Multiple sessions are typically required to achieve the best, longest-lasting results.

While laser hair removal is generally safe when performed by a qualified laser technician, some people may experience temporary side effects such as temporary skin irritation, redness, swelling, changes in pigmentation, or mild discomfort in the treated area. These side effects typically subside within a few hours to a few days. 

In rare cases, there may be changes in skin pigmentation or blistering, emphasizing the importance of choosing a skilled professional like those at Bloom Health and Wellness Studio and adhering to post-treatment care guidelines.

What to Do Before Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Proper preparation before laser hair removal is crucial to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. Here is an in-depth guide on what to do before your laser hair removal appointment.

  • Consultation with a Professional

Before scheduling your laser hair removal session, it’s essential to have a thorough consultation with a licensed and experienced professional. During this meeting, discuss your medical history, skin type, and any medications you are currently taking. The technician will assess whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs.

  • Avoid Sun Exposure

Limit your exposure to the sun before your laser hair removal appointment. Sunburned or tanned skin is more susceptible to adverse reactions during the procedure, such as changes in pigmentation or discomfort. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin.

  • Shave the Treatment Area

Shave the area to be treated a day or two before your laser hair removal session. While the laser targets the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface, visible hair can absorb some of the laser’s energy, potentially leading to discomfort or reduced effectiveness. A close shave ensures that the laser can precisely target the follicles.

  • Stay Hydrated

Maintaining proper hydration is essential for overall skin health and can positively impact the outcome of your laser hair removal treatment. Drink an adequate amount of water in the days leading up to your appointment to ensure your skin is well-hydrated. Hydrated skin tends to recover more quickly from the procedure.

  • Communicate Any Changes in Medication

If you are on medications, especially those that may increase photosensitivity, talk to your technician as adjustments may be necessary to reduce the risk of adverse reactions during laser hair removal. It’s crucial to provide accurate information about your medical history to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

What Not to Do Before Laser Hair Removal

Avoiding certain activities and substances before your laser hair removal appointment is crucial to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. Here’s a detailed guide on what not to do before laser hair removal:

  • No Waxing or Plucking

While a close shave is recommended, do not wax or pluck the hair in the treatment area for at least six weeks before your laser hair removal session. The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicles, and these need to be present for the treatment to be effective. Waxing or plucking removes the hair, making it inaccessible for the laser, and can interfere with the desired outcome. What’s more, laser hair removal is most effective when hair is in the active growth phase (anagen). Waxing and plucking can temporarily disturb the hair growth cycle, making the laser treatment less effective.

  • Say No to Tanning Beds

Avoid using tanning beds in the weeks leading up to your laser hair removal appointment. Tanning raises the melanin content in the skin, making it more challenging for the laser to distinguish between hair and skin pigmentation. This can lead to uneven results and complications such as blistering or scarring. The goal is to have your skin as close to its natural tone as possible for the laser to target the hair effectively. Additionally, tanning reduces the effectiveness of laser hair removal, requiring more sessions to achieve the desired outcome.

  • Skip Self-Tanning Products

Refrain from using self-tanning products or spray tans  before your laser hair removal treatment. Most self-tanning products contain ingredients that darken the skin, primarily by increasing melanin levels. Since laser hair removal targets the melanin in hair follicles, an artificially darkened skin can absorb more laser energy, increasing the risk of burns, hyperpigmentation, or other adverse reactions. The uneven distribution of pigmentation caused by self-tanners can also make it difficult for the laser to effectively target hair follicles, resulting in uneven hair removal. 

  • Avoid Certain Medication

Review your medications with your healthcare provider before undergoing laser hair removal. Some medications, especially those that increase photosensitivity, may need to be adjusted or temporarily stopped to minimize the risk of adverse reactions. Provide accurate information about any changes in your medication routine to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

  • Avoid Aspirin, and Blood Thinners

In the days before your laser hair removal appointment, avoid taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications. These medications inhibit blood clotting, which can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding during the procedure. If you are prescribed blood thinners for medical reasons, consult with both your healthcare provider and your laser hair removal technician to determine the best course of action.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

Knowing what to expect during your laser hair removal procedure can help ease your mind, alleviate any concerns and ensure a more comfortable experience.

  • Protective Eyewear

When you arrive you will be provided with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light. While the laser treatment is safe on your skin, it can potentially damage your eyes, and wearing this eyewear is essential to protect your eyes during the procedure.

  • Sensation during Treatment

You may experience a mild stinging or snapping sensation during the treatment as the laser targets the hair follicles. Some describe the sensation as similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin, it’s more annoying than painful. While individual pain tolerance varies, many find the sensation tolerable. 

  • Duration of the Appointment

The duration of your laser hair removal session depends on the size of the treatment area. Smaller areas like the upper lip or underarms may take only a few minutes, while larger areas such as the legs or back may require up to an hour. Your technician will provide an estimate of the time needed based on the specific treatment area.

  • Post-Treatment Care

After the session, your technician will provide you with post-treatment care instructions. This may include avoiding sun exposure for a specified period, refraining from strenuous exercise for a day or two, and applying recommended skincare products to soothe the treated area. Following these instructions diligently is crucial for optimal results and minimizing potential side effects.

  • Multiple Sessions

Achieving significant hair reduction often requires multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. This is because the laser targets hair in the active growth phase, and not all follicles are in this phase simultaneously. Your technician will discuss and plan a personalized treatment schedule to optimize results.

If you’re considering laser hair removal or if you want to book an appointment to continue a treatment schedule, contact Bloom Health and Wellness Studio in Moncton, NB. Our laser hair removal technicians are professional and discreet and will ensure that you achieve the best results from your laser hair removal treatment.

Jennifer Sinclair




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