Pre & Post Laser Hair Instructions

Laser Hair Removal – LHR

Pre-Treatment Instructions

To ensure the safety and efficacy of the procedure, it is important to follow these guidelines:

Do not tan or use self tanner, and use caution in the sun 6 weeks prior to treatment.  Adverse effects are more likely to occur with tanned skin.

The pigment targeted by the laser in the hair follicle is similar to the pigment present when the skin is tanned and could be damaged during the procedure.

Do not use electrolysis, pluck, bleach or wax hair 3 weeks before treatment.

Do not take Accutane (Isotretinoin) 6 months prior to treatment.

Do not use Retin-A products one week before treatments.

Shave area the night before treatment.

Make-up, perfume, lotion, powder or deodorant should not be worn to treatment.

If you have a history of Herpes Simplex (cold sores) outbreaks or recurrent staphylococcal infections, you may need prescription suppressive therapy prior to or after treatment.  Please notify the provider.


LHR – Post-Treatment Instructions

Apply ice packs to reduce redness and discomfort.

A fragrance-free lotion should be applied to the treated area twice a day.

Avoid trauma to the area, which includes picking at any peeling skin or crusting that may occur.

Avoid makeup until the next day.

Sunscreen (SPF>30) should be used on the treated area between sessions and for a week after treatment.

Do not shave the area if crusting or blistering has occured.

Do not use electrolysis, pluck, bleach or wax hair between treatments.

Do not use hot water on the treated area immediately after the procedure.


LHR – Post-Treatment

What to expect after your laser hair removal treatment:

Mild redness and swelling of the treated area may last up to 1-2 days post-treatment.

Potential discomfort lasting 1 day after treatment.

Within the first three weeks after treatment, it may appear that the treated hair is experiencing regrowth.

This is actually the expulsion of the hair from the follicle as a result of the laser hair removal.

Complete removal of hair within 1-3 weeks, and partial permenant removal of hair.  Laser hair removal will not permenantly remove every hair in the targeted area. Generally there will be about a 70% permenant reduction of hair.  Hair that does grow back, will be thinner, slow-growing and less pigmented.