Pre and Post Treatment Procedures

Laser Treatment | Hair Removal

Recommended Pre and Post Treament Procedures for Laser Treatment

For best results please follow these instructions:

Before your treatment:
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment.
  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved.
  • No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment:
    • Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.).
  • Some medications or supplements may increase the risk of bruising. Consult with your physician.
  • Notify clinic 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  to prevent further sun damage
  • Bruising, redness and swelling may occur and resolve with time
  • Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, etc. for 1-2 days
  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below) a few days post-treatments:
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  • Multiple treatments are required
  • Treated pigment will turn darker (brown to black) within 24-48 hours:
    • Do not pick at treated areas
    • Treated pigment will exfoliate off the face in approximately 1 week
    • Treated pigment will exfoliate off the body in approximately 2-3 weeks
  • Notify clinic of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling, etc.)
  • Consult with clinic about when to resume skin care regimen.

Recommended Pre and Post Treatment Procedures for Hair Reduction Treatments

For best results please follow these instructions:

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. Consult with your physician.
  • 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 clinic 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:
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  • Do not wax or pluck between treatments
  • Notify clinic 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 with clinic about when to resume skin care regimen.

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