Are you ready to get hair on your body permanently removed with laser hair removal treatments? You may be ready to get rid of that unwanted hair. Many patients often wonder what they should do to prepare for laser hair removal and what to expect for this procedure. Skin And Body Refinery would like to share what you can do to properly prepare for laser hair removal and what to expect once your treatments are complete.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
There is no long term preparation to receive laser hair removal. In most cases, there are a few things you can do just before the treatments. The day or hour before your scheduled procedure, it is encouraged that you bathe or shower, thus making sure the skin is clean and free of lotions, oils, creams, or fragrances. Don’t put on any hygienic product before your treatment as the skin needs to be pure. Next, if you are shaving legs, underarms, or facial hair, in some cases you can shave them 24 hours before treatments. Never do it just before your procedure as you can irritate the skin. Never wax or tweeze the body hair that is going to be treated. The laser needs to target the root of the hair. If the root has been removed, then the point to laser hair removal is lost. Cutting the hair is different from removing the hair. Shaving is good because it removes the hair but leaves the root intact so is can be destroyed with laser treatments.
Avoid Sunbathing, Beach, Tanning Beds & Being Out in the Sun
Before and after laser hair removal treatment, the patient will need to avoid the sun. This will also include tanning bed as well as going outside. If you can not avoid going outside then make sure to use a heavy sunblock with at least 50 sp. Before laser treatment you will undergo a consultation with the doctor who will evaluate you and any medical conditions you may have. Often pretreatment instructions will be given to you. Make sure to follow all of your pretreatment instructions.
Laser Hair Removal Results
During laser hair removal, often eyewear will be given to protect your eyes from the lasers. The areas that are not being lasered will need to be covered. Only expose the laser removal sites. You may need to wear certain clothing or they will cover you with a protective cloth. Laser hair removal treatment are generally fast and do not take long to complete. It is common to need more than one treatment to fully remove the hair. Each person will vary but expect to need multiple treatments to fully get rid of the unwanted hair. After laser hair removal treatment, it is normal to have some irritation much like a razor burn along the laser site. It can take the lasered hair two weeks to shed off and may feel a bit course. After treatment avoid tanning beds and going out in the sun as the skin needs time to heal. Avoid hygiene products that cause photosensitivity.