How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a $584 million industry because people love this service. So you’re probably excited if you’ve already scheduled your first appointment.
But you might wonder how to prepare for laser hair removal. For example, are there steps you must take before your appointment?
You can do a few things to prepare for your first visit to ensure it goes smoothly and offers the most effective results.
Keep reading this guide to learn more about the steps you can take before getting laser hair removal.
Avoid Plucking and Waxing the Hair
Laser hair removal is the most effective of all the hair removal options you can choose. It’s effective because of the way it targets the roots of your hair.
This service can remove hair from any body part, offering semi-permanent results. Many people use it to remove hair from their faces, underarms, legs, backs, and bikini areas.
But you should avoid doing a few things before your procedure. The first thing to avoid is plucking.
Do you ever grab a tweezer and pluck your unwanted hair? Many people do this as a fast way to remove a couple of hairs. However, you shouldn’t do this before having laser hair removal.
Plucking removes the hair and its root. If you remove the hair and root, the laser won’t target that hair. Yet, the hair will grow back.
Additionally, you should avoid waxing the area you’re treating. Waxing also removes the hair and its root. Therefore, waxing and plucking impede the effectiveness of laser hair surgery.
As a result, you might want to avoid these things for at least two to four weeks before your appointment.
Avoid Using Fillers and Facials Beforehand
Additionally, technicians who offer laser hair removal recommend avoiding body and facial fillers before laser hair removal services.
When you decide to remove hair through laser hair removal, your skin needs to be healthy, fresh, and free of chemicals. Using fillers and getting facials disrupts your natural skin condition.
As a result, these services can disrupt the effectiveness of the laser during your hair removal treatment. Additionally, these services can increase your skin’s sensitivity during the procedure, causing more pain.
Stay Out of the Sun
Another way to prepare for laser hair removal treatment is by avoiding the sun. Being in the sun is enjoyable and provides essential vitamins for your body, but it can also burn your skin.
So avoiding the sun is vital. However, you only need to avoid exposing the body part you’re treating. Therefore, you might still be able to be in the sun.
For example, if you’re getting your bikini line lasered, you’ll be fine in the sun if you cover this area.
When the sun burns your skin, you’ll experience increased skin sensitivity, leading to more pain during the laser treatment. You might also experience increased sensitivity after the procedure.
Shave the Entire Area
Laser hair removal is a great way to get rid of hair, and it’s not a painful service. However, it can be painful in some cases. One way to decrease the pain is by shaving the entire area right before getting it done.
A laser targets the hair follicles, including the ones you see and don’t see. When it targets them, it basically burns them, causing them to die.
If you don’t shave, the laser will naturally target the visible hair, leading to an increased risk of burns on your skin. Therefore, technicians recommend shaving the area before the procedure to reduce this risk.
You should shave the area on your appointment day.
Don’t Use Any Products on the Area
It’s also important to avoid using any products on your skin before the procedure. Of course, you can use products on other parts of your skin, but you should avoid products on the area you’re treating.
The products you apply to your skin could increase skin sensitivity. It’s vital to avoid products containing salicylic acid, retinol, and benzoyl peroxide, as these increase photosensitivity.
It’s best to avoid these products for at least two days before your laser hair removal appointment. You can start using the products again a few days after having the procedure.
Clean Your Skin
Next, it’s important to clean your skin before the procedure. You can use gentle soap and water to clean it. Soap and water remove the dirt from your skin, leaving it clean.
However, you shouldn’t apply any lotion afterward. You need clean skin for laser hair removal treatment, but it should be free from ointments, lotions, and creams.
Learn What to Expect
Finally, you might want to learn what to expect during this procedure before going. You can talk to the spa that’s performing the service to learn more, including the following things:
Amount of Time
You might want to find out how long the procedure takes, so you can fit the procedure into your schedule. For example, small areas generally take only 10 to 15 minutes, while larger areas might take up to one hour.
How It Feels
You can ask the clinic how laser hair removal feels. Most people don’t experience any pain during the service, especially if they prepare for the service properly.
Finally, you might want to ask the spa what you’ll need to do after having laser hair removal. They might tell you to avoid using any products on the area for a couple of days, but this is usually all you must do.
Follow These Tips to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
You’ll likely see more effective results from your treatment if you prepare for laser hair removal by following these tips.
Removing your unwanted hair through this service offers long-lasting results. However, it requires multiple visits due to hair growth cycles. So are you ready to learn more about this service?
Contact us at The Laser Lounge Spa in Estero, FL. We offer laser hair removal services and can help you remove your unwanted hair.