Everything You Need to Know Before Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment
Excited to be fuzz-free? We hear ya. But before you show up, you need to make sure you’ve read and understand everything on this list. Otherwise, there’s a chance we won’t be able to treat you, and no one wants that.
Things To Avoid
SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT...
Discontinue waxing, hair removal creams or chemicals, tweezing and electrolysis, as well as bleaching your hair.
ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT...
Avoid incidental or direct sun, tanning beds, spray-tans and self-tanners. If you are out and about, apply sunblock (with at least SPF 50!) and use barrier protection such as wide-brimmed hats, large sunglasses and protective clothing. If you have recent sun exposure, please call us to reschedule your appointment.
THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT...
Stop using any topical prescription products on areas being treated with the laser.
YOU HAVE TO SHAVE
Please shave the area(s) we’re treating the day before your appointment in the direction that the hair grows with a clean razor. If we’re treating an area with fine hair on your face, you may closely trim the area with scissors or a facial hair trimmer if you prefer. If you arrive unshaved, we may have to reschedule or not be able to treat all the areas planned.
EMBRACE THE NO-MAKEUP LOOK
Makeup, deodorant, lotion, sunscreen and literally everything else you might put on your skin must be removed from the area being treated before your appointment. If you forget this one, we’ll have wipes on hand.
A Few More Things We Need to Know
Any changes to your medical history
New diagnosis? New pregnancy? New medications? We need to know. Please tell us, as some medical conditions and medications are not compatible with laser treatments. It may be necessary to reschedule your appointment, as your health and safety are always our top priority!
If you get cold sores
If you have a history of HSV-1 or HSV-2 and are treating those areas, we recommend you take an antiviral medication starting 24-48 hours before your treatment to prevent an outbreak, and continuing for three to five days after. Contact your primary care provider if you need prescription medication.
If you have tattoos
If you have any ink on or near the area being treated, we need to know. You’ll have to cover it up with a physical barrier, which we can help you with when you arrive.