Pre-treatment Instructions for Laser Hair Removal
Avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks before the treatment. Apply UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 30 or higher to any treatment area 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
Treatments cannot be given on areas with a spray tan, suntan or sunburn. Do not use tanning beds, lotions or artificial tanning products for a minimum of two weeks prior to your treatment.
Do not take any type of antibiotics when undergoing laser therapy. You have to be off antibiotics for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your laser treatment.
Do not wax, tweeze, use depilatories or bleach the area for at least four weeks prior to the treatment.
Shave the area to be treated 24 hours prior to the treatment. For the patients with excessive hair growth at least a 12-hour prior shave is required.
Do not wear makeup, creams, oils or lotions directly prior to the treatment.
You cannot be pregnant or be breastfeeding when undergoing laser therapy- there are no exceptions. You should wait at least 6 months after giving birth and at least 2 months after you have stopped breastfeeding before you start laser therapy.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels must be performed 1 week before and/or after each laser treatment, while IPL must be performed 2 weeks before and/or after each laser treatment.
Botox & Dermal Fillers must be performed 2 weeks before and/or after a facial laser treatment.
Topical Retinoid, AHA creams, Salicylic Acid, Benzol Peroxide- all must be discontinued 7 days prior to facial laser treatment. The use of these products can be restarted 7 days post last treatment.
Photosensitizing Drugs, such as steroids, antibiotics, tetracycline, and ibuprofen.
Post-treatment Instructions for Laser Hair Removal
Please note that the hair won’t just fall out tonight…..or tomorrow for that matter.
It can take up to 3 weeks for the hair to fall out. You can help this process by gently using a washcloth or loofah sponge 4-5 days after the treatment.
Immediately following laser treatment you may experience redness or minor swelling of the skin, similar to mild sunburn. These normal tissue effects are temporary and will usually disappear over the next twenty-four hours. A soothing Aloe Vera gel or cold packs may be used to ease any discomfort.
Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Advil. Nuprin) may also reduce post-treatment discomfort. Do not use Aspirin.
A small percentage of individuals may experience blistering or peeling off the skin. The peeling is similar to the effects of sunburn and it is recommended that the peeling skin not to be removed as it may lead to scarring. If the skin blisters, an over-the-counter antibiotic such as Neosporin may be helpful.
Take care to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 1-3 days following the treatment. Treat the area gently. Avoid rubbing, scratching, or picking at the treated areas. Avoid very hot shower or baths, soaking in a hot tub, or swimming in a chlorinated pool as it may irritate the skin. Pat the skin dry after bathing or showering.
Avoid direct sun exposure (natural and artificial) for 5-7 days following each treatment. Tanning beds and tanning creams should also be avoided between treatments. If the sun cannot be avoided, be sure to use a sun block with an SPF 30 for the face and 15 or higher for the body to provide protection between treatments.
To prevent skin irritation, avoid applying makeup for 24 hours, if possible.
General Skin Care:
If dryness occurs, apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera to the treated area several times until evidence of dryness has dissipated. Shower as usual BUT remember the treated area might be a little sensitive to temperature. If the skin is irritated or blistered following the treatment, please avoid the use of exfoliates, loofah sponges or aggressive scrubbing during the healing phase. You especially want to be careful if any peeling is present.
Any irritated areas can be protected from clothing or jewelry with a non-adhesive dressing such as Telfa. During the treatment period, sunblock should be used whenever the treated area is exposed to the sun! Sun tanning increases the melanin (pigment) in the skin and increases the risk for burns and blistering during the treatment. Avoid shaving with a razor for the first 2-3 days after treatment.