How to Prepare For Laser Hair Removal

If you want to have smooth, hair-free skin without going through the hassle of shaving, laser hair removal could be a great option for you. After a few treatments, the hair follicles become destroyed, causing the hair to either stop growing or begin to grow extremely fine. To make sure the procedure is as effective as possible on your skin, follow these tips before your appointment.

Don’t Wax or Tweeze

The way laser hair removal works is by destroying the hair follicle directly from the root, and both waxing and tweezing take the hair out from the root. For 4-6 weeks beforehand, make sure not to wax or tweeze so the follicles can be in place so they can be lasered off.

Shave Beforehand

Even though you shouldn’t wax or tweeze beforehand, it is advised that you shave the area 1-2 days before your appointment. The laser targets pigment in the root of the hair, so shaving ensures that your skin underneath won’t get burned.

Stay Out of the Sun

For at least two weeks before your laser hair removal appointment, it’s vital to not only avoid sun exposure, but to also refrain from tanning beds and tanning creams. They have the potential to cause skin discoloration from the lasers, and might even cause some pain or blisters. IIf you have a sunburn, your doctor will most likely reschedule the appointment. If you do have to be in the sun, make sure to use plenty of sunscreen on the areas where you’ll be receiving treatment.

Pay Attention to Medications

It’s possible for both oral and topical medications to impact the laser treatment. Some may cause the treatment to not be effective, while others may cause burns or blisters. Medications such as birth control, antibiotics, acne topicals, or any photosensitizing medicines may affect the treatment. It’s vital that you discuss with your doctor beforehand what medications you’re currently taking or applying so they know how to adjust your treatment or prevent certain side effects.

Take Off All Creams

Before going in for your appointment, you should make sure there are no creams, lotions, or any sort of topicals on the skin that’s going to be treated. It should be completely dry and bare, as anything on your skin can not only prevent the lasers from working correctly and penetrating your skin deep enough, but could cause some sort of interaction.

Contact Us Today

There’s never been a better time to get laser hair removal treatment! If you call us today, by summertime your skin will be smooth and hairless in any place you receive treatment. To get the most effective results from laser hair removal, follow all these recommendations and speak with our team to make sure you’re all set and ready for your appointment. To schedule an appointment with the best facial plastic surgeon in Lakeview, call us today.

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