Laser Hair Removal Pre-Treatment Care

  1. Avoid the sun for 4-6 weeks before laser hair removal treatment.
  2. You MUST avoid bleaching, plucking, or waxing for 6 weeks prior to treatment.
  3. Avoid tanning and tanning product, you may have hypo-pigmentation (white spots) or hyper-pigmentation (darker areas)
  4. and this may not clear for 2-3 months or more. Also, the use of tanning cream must be discontinued one week before treatment.
  5. If you have had a history of herpes (HSV), prophylactic antiviral therapy may be started the day before treatment and continued
  6. one week after treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Post-Treatment Care

  1. Immediately after laser hair removal treatment, there could be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site
  2. that may last up to 2-3 days. The treated area will feel like sunburn for a few hours after treatment. The application of ice during
  3. the first few hours after treatment will reduce the discomfort and swelling that may be experienced.
  4. We recommend only aloe vera gel, arnica gel or cream or ice after treatment. Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort
  5. than lighter skin people and may require the aloe vera gel, arnica or ice longer.
  6. Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyper-pigmentation and hypo pigmentation. Avoid exposure to the sun during
  7. treatment and for 1 to 2 month following treatment. Use sun screen (SPF 25 or greater) at all times throughout the course of treatment.
  8. Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or similar treatments (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle on the treated area for 4-6 wks after the laser treatment is preformed.
  9. Shaving or depilatories may be used.
  10. Anywhere from 5-14 days after the treatment, shedding of the surface hair may occur and this appears as new hair growth.
  11. This is not new hair growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or Loofa sponge.
  12. Makeup may be used immediately after the treatments unless there is skin surface (epidermal) blistering.
  13. After the underarms are treated, use a powder; instead of deodorant, for 24 hours to reduce skin irritation.
  14. Call with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment. Also, call for an appointment at the first sign of the return of hair growth. This can mean within 4-6 weeks for the upper body treated and possibly as long as 2-3 months for the lower body treated.
  15. Hair re-growth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for AT LEAST three weeks after treatment.