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.

 

Post-Treament 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.

 

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.