Instructions for Post-Treatment Care
Instructions for Pre-Treatment Care
Avoid the sun and/or tanning beds at least for two weeks before a laser treatment. Your skin cannot be tanned or sun-burned for a treatment as it will absorb the light that should be absorbed by the hair, making laser hair removal less effective and complications after treatment more likely.
Shave or trim the area to be treated prior to your appointment. It is important to have clean (no make-up, deodorant, powder, lotion or perfume), hair-free skin for a procedure. There should be no visible stubble whatsoever. Also stop bleaching any hairs in the treatment area 7 to 10 days before your treatment.
Stop tweezing, electrolysis and/or waxing, for 3 to 4 weeks before your first appointment (to allow hair to be present in the follicle for your procedure), as the laser targets melanin in the hairs' roots.
Apply a cold compress to the treatment site as desired to reduce any redness after treatment. If make-up is desired, it is recommended that a loose mineral powder foundation (such as Youngblood's) be used.
Avoid any direct exposure to the sun for two weeks after a laser treatment and use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater at all times during the course of treatment.
In between treatments, shaving or trimming any regrowth is acceptable. Do not wax or tweeze the treated area, or your treatment will be less effective.
You may rub the treated area with a warm, moist washcloth or loofa sponge to assist shedding of the hair which may occur anywhere from 5 to 30 days after a treatment. Epsom salts soaks are also very effective to draw the detached and purging hairs to the surface of the skin.
Anti-inflammatory creams may be applied to the treated area if a post-zap breakout occurs. Hydrocortisone cream or antibacterial lotion works very well to help blemishes disappear.
After an underarm laser hair removal treatment, powder should be used instead of a deodorant for the first 24 hours.