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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

You’ve had it with shaving, waxing and plucking and are ready to take the laser hair removal plunge. It’s a good choice for eradicating hair for the long term, but getting ready for laser hair removal requires preparation. First, there’s timing. Laser hair removal requires several sessions spaced four to six weeks apart, so if you want a hair-free summer, book your first appointment in late fall or early winter. Here are other tips on getting ready for the procedure:

No Tanning

Tanning is out prior to and during the laser hair removal process. That includes the natural method of sitting in the sun, tanning beds and even self-tanners. Your skin color should contrast as much as possible with the color of the hair for best results with laser. As for self-tanner, not only does it lessen the contrast, but its use can cause side effects such as blistering. Tanning really isn’t healthy for skin, and any sort of skin damage can affect laser treatment.

Use Sunscreen

It’s not enough to deliberately avoid tanning. You also have to avoid accidental tanning, which may occur if you spend enough time outdoors on a sunny day. During the time you’re undergoing laser hair removal, use sunscreen religiously on any exposed body parts receiving treatment.

No Deodorant

If you’re having underarm hair removed, avoid using deodorant 24 hours before and after a session. Residue left by deodorants decrease the laser’s effectiveness.

Beware of Antibiotics

If you’re taking antibiotics, you’re increasing the risk of a photosensitive reaction on your skin. That means the laser could cause burns or blistering, which would not happen under normal circumstances. Speak with your doctor if you are prescribed long-term antibiotics before considering laser hair removal. When taking short-term antibiotic therapy, wait at least a week since your treatment was completed before undergoing laser hair removal.

No Sessions with Cold Sores or Acne

If you have a cold sore and are having facial hair lasered, reschedule the appointment for a later date when you have healed. Any type of heat makes a cold sore worse. The same holds true for acne. Laser heat stimulates oil glands and promotes breakouts.

Avoid Treatments during the Menstrual Cycle

If you’re having leg or underarm hair removed, why should you avoid having laser treatment done during your menses? It’s not a hard and fast rule, but many women feel more pain sensitivity during their cycle, and don’t feel so well overall.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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