Patients should avoid exposure to tanning for at least 2 week prior to laser hair removal. Tanning immediately prior to treatment sessions may disrupt melanin regeneration, which may result in hyper or hypo pigmentation. The same can be said of UVA and the cosmetic tanning, whether in cream or spray booth - any system that darkens/bronzes our skin hampers the laser hair removal treatment. Please avoid any tinted sunscreen, tanning products, or moisturizers.
The area to be treated should be closely shaved prior to treatment either 1 day before treat or same day as treatment, ideally one day earlier to reduce skin sensitivity the day of the treatment. If too much hair is present on the skin surface during treatment, the laser will target that existing hair as well as the follicle underneath the skin. When that happens, the surface hair will be burned by the laser, and subsequently patients' skin can be burned too.
For best results, the skin should not be treated and must be completely clean without makeup, perfume deodorant, oil, lotions as well as tinted sunscreen and moisturizers before treatments. While laser hair removal is generally a little annoying for some people, for some it will become uncomfortable. To this problem there is a solution in the form anesthetic ointment. The ointment is a drug and not a cosmetic. Apply the cream, 45– 60 minutes before the treatment so that it can take effect.
You must avoid waxing, plucking, depilatory products, threading or electrolyses of the hair for 3-6 weeks prior to treatment. The laser needs the hair at skin level in order to effectively destroy the hair follicle. This is mainly a precaution to ensure that the hair removal process is completed efficiently and correctly.
Be certain that you are not on medications such as Tetracycline, Retin-A, Gold Therapy etc, at present or within the past 2 weeks. Be certain that you have not been on Accutane for the past 6 months. These medications, and several others, can make your skin susceptible to damage from the laser. If in doubt, please ask us for a list of the aforementioned medications.