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Preparing for Laser Hair Removal | What To Do Before Laser Hair Removal

November 19, 2017

Laser hair removal is the best way to permanently reduce or remove unwanted body hair for both males and females. Laser hair removal can be used to remove unwanted hair on the face, neck, armpits, chest, back, genital area, arms, legs, fingers, toes and feet.

How to Prepare For Laser Hair Removal Treatment

This blog covers the usual or most common pre-treatment instructions that will prepare you for your laser hair removal treatment. Your SpaMedica hair removal expert will have a customized pre-treatment guide depending on your skin tone, hair type, hair colour and what area of the body is being treated.

  • The number one pre-treatment laser hair removal instruction regardless of skin type, hair type and colour and area(s) being treated is avoiding Ultra Violet (UV) exposure. Ideally, you will avoid exposing the skin to the sun’s UV rays and using tanning beds four to eight weeks before laser hair treatment commences. Your skin should be as light as possible at the time of treatment as the laser can target darker skin pigments. This is also why you avoid UV exposure throughout your entire treatment program and why you should get treatment during the colder, darker months when it is less likely you will be outside exposed to UV light.
  • Avoid plucking, tweezing, waxing, threading, bleaching, electrolysis or using epilators four to six weeks before your first laser treatment. These hair removal or reduction techniques can impact on the effectiveness of laser hair removal treatment as the laser needs the hair to be long enough to target the hair follicles. As such, they should be avoided well in advance of treatment.
  • Refrain from using topical skin products on the area being treated on the day of treatment. Don’t use any moisturizers, creams and/or lotions, especially fake tanning products. Such products can impede the effectiveness of treatment. 
  • Shave the area that will be treated the day or night before treatment. Hair follicles should be visible for laser treatment to be effective. However, treatment can be less comfortable if the hair is too long. Hence why the area should be shaved the day or night before treatment. 
  • Consult your Laser Hair Removal expert if there has been any change in your medical circumstances from the time of your initial consultation and treatment. Any change in your medical circumstances may affect treatment. So if there has been a change, you should contact your laser hair removal expert as soon as possible to see if treatment can continue.

For more information on laser hair removal treatment please visit our Laser Hair Removal page

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If you would like to book a free laser hair removal consultation call 877-712-8367 or fill in the online consultation form here.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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