How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal - Getting Started
Now that you've worked up the nerve to try laser treatment, it's time to
learn how to prepare for laser hair removal.
Being better prepared will make you more informed and the treatment more effective.
Before going 'under the laser', it's important to schedule a consultation
with a clinic or salon to get a skin and hair assessment done. This will let them
determine if you're a valid candidate for the type of laser they have in use.
Look for a medical doctor who is specialized in laser hair removal and who
is well experienced in the procedure. Even though spas and salons offer the
treatment, be careful of non-medically trained technicians who may not be
knowledgeable with potential complications. This is an especially important
consideration if you have skin conditions or other health conditions.
Preparing for the Consultation
- Put together a list of questions, such as,
"Does laser hair removal work
for everyone?". No question is too basic and it's the job of the clinician
to clearly and patiently answer all of your concerns.
- Complete the questionnaire and review your medical history, prescription use
and other hair removal methods you've attempted in the past. The more you explain
your condition and experience, the more the procedure can be tailored to your
specific hair and skin type.
- Avoid tanning your skin (real or artificial) and dying, coloring or sun-bleaching
your hair. Accurate assessments are best done when skin and hair are their natural
colors. Laser hair removal treatments work best with patients who have
fair skin and dark hair.
- Discuss with the clinician your expectations and in return, get a realistic
evaluation and an accurate cost estimate for the procedure. The cost of subsequent
follow-up treatments should be included as well.
- Take photos before treatment to record your progression.
Preparing for the Laser Hair Removal Treatment
If you're deemed a valid candidate for laser treatment, follow the specific
directions given to you from the treatment center. Not all clinics use the
same laser for hair removal.
Following their directions will make the procedure as successful as possible. Here's
a list of general tips to follow before each hair removal appointment:
- Patients should stop waxing, plucking or
undergoing electrolysis treatments
at least 2-4 weeks before each session. The hair root should be deep within the follicle
with a portion of the shaft still visible.
- Only shave an area if asked to do so. Most clinics will
trim the hair to the desired length before the start of each laser treatment.
- Clean the bikini area but do not shave unless asked to do so.
Arm hair, leg hair and
body hair should be left as long as possible.
- Avoid sun exposure 1-2 months before so your skin is as naturally light
- Avoid any light-sensitive medication. Talk to your doctor about any
prescribed medication that may react with laser light.
- Follow the preparation given by your clinic regarding painkillers, numbing
creams and tranquilizers. Do not self-medicate.
If you learn how to prepare for laser hair removal, the procedure will be
more straight forward, less painful and the results more in line with your
options for both men and women. Learn about the various alternatives for removing
unwanted body hair so that you can decide which option you might want to try.