Laser Hair Removal Pre/Postcare

Recommended Pre & Post Care for Hair Reduction Treatments

Before your Treatment

  • Hair should be cleanly shaven
  • Leave a representative sample unshaven for clinician to assess
  • Do not wear makeup on the treated area the day of treatment
  • No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
  • Some medications or supplements may increase the risk bruising. Let the clinician know all of your medications.
  • No waxing, plucking or tweezing at least 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • Some body parts may require a longer wait time
  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (depilatories, harsh chemicals, etc.)
  • Notify clinician with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
  • History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment

After your Treatment

  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen
  • Redness and perifollicular edema (looks like a rash/bug bites) are common and resolve with time
  • Bruising and swelling are less common but may occur and will resolve with time
  • Hair may take up to 2 weeks to fall out
  • Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, etc. for 1-2 days
  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below) a few days post-treatment:
  • Avoid products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  • Do not wax or pluck between treatments
  • Notify our office of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling, etc.)
  • Hair removal requires a series of treatments. The number of treatments depends on body location and type of hair.
  • Consult the clinician about when to resume skin care regime.