It’s quite normal to be a bit apprehensive about undergoing laser hair removal treatments for the first time. After all, when we think of lasers, it often conjures up images of science fiction villains and complex laboratories full of mysterious equipment.
Of course, that’s not what it’s like at all, and certainly not at a Medical Spa like Avahlee.
On our main website you can find plenty of demystifying information about how the laser hair removal process works, and we encourage you to review those materials.
Today, we want to cover the specific things that you should do to prepare yourself before each treatment, and what you should do to take care of yourself after each visit.
A Note About Color
First, we should make an important note. Laser hair removal works based on the principle of the contrast in color between the hair that’s being removed and the tone of the skin it’s growing in.
What that means is that individuals with darker skin tones or hair that’s otherwise similar in color to the skin may have a more difficult time getting the treatment to work for them. That includes skin that is naturally darker, as well as skin that has been tanned either in sunlight or artificially.
Some options do exist, but it’s always important to do your personal research and ask lots of questions before booking a session if you happen to have darker skin. Improper treatment techniques can be both painful and ineffective, since the lasers might heat the skin rather than the hair follicle.
The good news is that Avahlee Med Spa uses Syneron-Candela’s GentleMax Pro laser, which can safely be used on all skin types.
How to Prep for Laser Hair Removal
Keeping that note in mind, the first step of preparation for your appointment is not to do any tanning at least a month beforehand. Again, that includes both sunlight and spray tanning. You’ll want your skin to be as light as possible for the lasers to work at maximum effectiveness.
Make sure that you also use sunscreen if the area you want to have hair removed from will ever be exposed while you’re outside.
Next, dont, bleach, don’t pluck hairs, and don’t do any waxing in the area to be treated. Each of these will significantly reduce the effectiveness of laser treatment.
Shaving is okay, and in fact, you should shave about 24-48 hours before your appointment.
Shaving the area that will undergo treatment is important because it prevents the lasers from burning longer strands of hair, and allows them to focus on the follicle area. Be sure to follow the specific instructions you receive during your pre-treatment consultation.
Your doctor may prescribe specific oral antiviral or antibacterial medications for you to take related to the treatment. Make sure you precisely follow the instructions you’re given, especially when it comes to antibiotics.
You’ll want to thoroughly clean the area that will be treated before your appointment. When you arrive and prepare for the appointment, we’ll provide you with additional cleaning materials anyway, such as to remove deodorant, but advance cleaning is always helpful (and considerate!).
Lastly, you should wear clothing that is either loose-fitting or which leaves the treated area exposed if appropriate, in order to avoid any discomfort or irritation of sensitive areas after laser hair removal treatment.
What to Expect Afterward
During your treatment appointment we’ll provide you with an anesthetic cream and protective eyewear for your comfort and safety.
To make sure that you get the maximum benefit from your treatment, you’ll need to continue avoiding sun tanning and artificial tanning products. This is partly because your skin will be sensitive, but mostly because laser hair removal takes more than one treatment.
This is because the treatment is effective on hair when it’s in its growth phase. not all hair is in its growth phase at the same time, so takes multiple sessions to catch all of it.
Depending on the results of your initial consultation and follow up, we’ll develop a customized plan for your treatment.
Your skin may appear red immediately after the treatment, and the hair follicles where the skin has been treated may be raised and bumpy, but this usually subsides within a few hours. It can take up to 48 hours for some clients. Very few people experience itching a few days later as the hair is pushed out.
That phase may look like the hair is still growing, but what’s really happening is that it’s being pushed out. You can shave during this time if you wish, but make sure that you don’t wax or pluck the hairs, because the roots need to come out naturally. When they do, you can simply wash them off with water and soap.
Avahlee Medical Spa Makes it Better
We do everything that we can to make sure that our clients are as comfortable as possible before their appointments, including making sure they know how to prep for laser hair removal.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call us. We’re conveniently located in Lehi and in the City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, so please come in for a free consultation!