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Laser Hair Removal Prep: What You Need to Know Before Your Session

At Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness, Dr. Soni and our team of licensed medical aestheticians specialize in laser hair removal and other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. 

We know that the idea of undergoing laser hair removal can seem daunting at first. That’s why proper preparation is key to ensuring your treatment is as safe and effective as possible.

Laser Hair Removal: What To Expect

The first step is understanding exactly what laser hair removal entails. Our aestheticians use concentrated beams of light to target the pigment in hair follicles, disabling them so they no longer produce hair. 

Most patients require 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal long-term results. Each session takes 15-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

During your consultation, Dr. Soni will assess your medical history, skin type, hair color and thickness to determine if you are a good candidate. 

He will also recommend the ideal laser for your specific needs and discuss what to expect. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have! We want you to feel completely comfortable.

Preparation Before Your Appointment

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Leading up to your laser hair removal session, there are a few key steps you should take:

Avoid sun exposure and tanning – Laser works by targeting pigment, so tanned skin can absorb more laser energy leading to side effects. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds for 4-6 weeks beforehand.

Allow hair to grow in – For best results, hair should be at least 1/4 inch long but not long enough to curl back into the skin. Stop waxing/plucking/tweezing 4-6 weeks prior. Shaving is permitted up until a few days before.

Skip hair removal creams – Depilatory creams can irritate skin and make it more sensitive to laser treatment. Refrain from using them 1-2 weeks beforehand.

Avoid certain medications – Some medications like Accutane are photosensitizing. Be sure to inform Dr. Soni of all medications so we can advise accordingly.

Cleanse skin – Gently wash and exfoliate to remove any lotions, deodorant, makeup or residue. Avoid using any irritating products like retinoids close to your appointment.

Trim longer hairs – Using scissors, trim any hairs longer than 1/4 inch for optimal results and comfort. Do not shave right before your treatment.

Arrive makeup-free with clean skin – We’ll provide gowns and coverings to protect your skin and clothes during the procedure.

Can I shower before my laser hair removal session?

Yes, bathing with your regular cleanser is perfectly fine leading up to treatment. Just avoid applying any lotions or creams afterward that could block the laser. Showering immediately after also helps soothe treated skin.

Can I moisturize my skin before my laser session?

We don’t recommend applying thick moisturizers right before since the cream can interfere with the laser. However, gently moisturizing the treated area 1-2 days afterward helps soothe skin and prevent dryness as it heals.

How To Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

Make sure you understand what to expect by discussing the process thoroughly with us during your consultation. Follow our pre-treatment recommendations such as avoiding sun and allowing hair to grow in. We’ll guide you through everything to maximize results and comfort.

Aftercare For Best Results

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Dr. Soni and our team will go over proper aftercare based on your treatment plan. General tips include:

  • Avoid sun exposure for 1-2 weeks post-treatment to reduce risk of further sensitivity.
  • Use cooling compresses if skin is irritated. An over-the-counter antihistamine can relieve itching.
  • Refrain from picking/scratching the treatment area to minimize infection risk.
  • Apply a gentle moisturizer if skin feels excessively dry. Avoid retinoids and exfoliants.
  • Do not wax or tweeze hairs that were treated. Let them naturally shed over time.
  • Shaving is okay between sessions if needed, just be very gentle.

With proper preparation and aftercare, laser hair removal can safely produce smooth, hair-free skin lasting months to years per treatment. 

We will advise how many sessions you’ll likely need for optimal long-term results based on your individual hair growth. Call Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness today to schedule your laser hair removal consultation!

Frequently Asked Questions About Preparing For Laser Hair Removal

Can I put lotion on before my laser hair removal treatment?

We recommend not applying lotion or thick creams right before your treatment, as residues can interfere with the laser. Use a gentle cleanser to wash the area instead. Moisturizing lightly 1-2 days after is fine.

What should I do to prep my underarms for laser hair removal?

Stop shaving your underarms 4-6 weeks beforehand so hair can grow in, and avoid antiperspirants/deodorant for 1-2 days pre-treatment. Just be sure to wash with a mild cleanser before your appointment.

How do I prepare for bikini laser hair removal?

The bikini area requires letting hair grow out for 4-6 weeks beforehand. Trim longer hairs down with scissors for comfort. Prior to treatment, bathe normally but avoid using creams, oils or perfumes close to your appointment.

What’s the best way to prepare for facial laser hair removal?

Stop waxing/plucking facial hair 4-6 weeks prior. Avoid any resurfacing treatments that cause peeling/irritation close to your session. Come with a clean face without makeup, creams or sunscreen to allow for maximum laser penetration.

Should I avoid sun exposure before laser hair removal?

Yes, it’s crucial to stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds for 4-6 weeks pre-treatment. Exposure can cause side effects by making your skin more sensitive to the laser. Wear sunscreen diligently after.

What if I have a sunburn right before my laser hair removal appointment?

You’ll need to reschedule. Sunburns can make skin extremely sensitive to laser, so wait until it has fully healed before undergoing treatment. Again, avoid additional sun exposure by taking proper precautions.

What if I have additional questions about preparing for laser hair removal?

Don’t hesitate to call Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness and speak to our knowledgeable staff. We want you to feel 100% ready and at ease before your laser hair removal treatment. Proper preparation is key to achieving the best results safely and comfortably.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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