Through laser hair removal process, unwanted hair is eradicated from face, legs, arms and follicles. It is a medical procedure and not just ‘zapping’ unwanted hair. Hence, it requires proper understanding and preparation. Before undergoing the treatment, it is very important that the patient educate himself/herself on various types of lasers, their possible side effects and consult two or three professional laser hair removal providers before deciding and then prepare accordingly. It is best to opt for a certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon with enough experience and positive credentials against his name.
Prior to laser hair removal, some preparatory steps are essential not only for safety but also to facilitate hassle-free procedures and get optimum results. Adhering to it can
- Help one avoid or minimize it side effects.
- Improve the treatment results.
- Minimize the total treatment time
- Ease the pain and discomfort of the procedure.
Preparation 4-6 Week Prior to Treatment
The decision should be made after consultation with the doctor and understanding the risks, benefits and proper expectations. The doctor then provides an individualized set of instructions to follow which can begin weeks before the first treatment takes place. This often involves preparing the skin and unwanted hair to become more conducive to laser treatments. For up to six weeks before the treatment, it’s advisable to:
- Stop using wax, tweeze, depilatories or bleach on unwanted hair since these can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with the process. Shaving is allowed as it does not disturb the hair follicle, the area that the laser treats.
- Going out in the sun and use of tanning creams and lotions is advised against since melanin of the skin can interfere with the treatment and increase chances of side effects. Sunscreens should be used liberally.
- Sunburns too should be avoided, as the reddened skin will change how the lasers interact with the skin and hair follicles.
- If the doctor had prescribed any antiviral medication or oral antibiotics, it should be religiously taken.
Preparation 24 Hours Prior to Treatment
Within 24 hours of the treatment, it is best to shave the area of all present unwanted hair. This facilitates the procedure to be completed quickly with lesser pain and discomfort. If too much hair is present on the skin at the time of treatment, the laser beam will target both the existing hair as well as the follicle underneath the skin. In this scenario, the surface hair will be burned by the laser, and subsequently patients’ skin can be burned too.