Preparing For Laser Hair Removal
Please follow these guidelines below (unless your laser technician advises you otherwise).
• We ask that you come to your appointment with clean skin. That means that you shouldn’t apply any lotions, deodorants, oils, creams, or fragrances of any kind before coming in.
• The area you will have treated should be shaved completely prior to treatment. Legs should be shaved 24-48 hours prior to your appointment (and not before!) to avoid irritation. Do not wax, tweeze, epilate or use chemical depilatories between laser treatments. Since the laser targets your hair’s roots, they must be whole for the treatment to be effective. Shaving is the only form of hair removal recommended during the course of your treatment. A charge of $50 or more will be added if the laser tech must shave the treatment area.
• The use of UV tanning beds needs to be stopped two weeks prior to treatment.
• SPF is your BFF. Use a broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 30 or above daily (rain or shine).
• Do not use any topical products that cause photosensitivity (e.g. hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, retinols, and benzoyl peroxide) in the treatment areas for seven days before treatment. Use a gentle cleanser and lotion on treated areas.
• Oral prescription medications need to be discussed with your laser technician. Also, tell your technician about photosensitivity medications such as doxycycline (tetracyclines) before treatment. Accutane must be stopped 6 months before any laser hair removal treatments.
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