How to Prepare for Your First Laser Hair Removal Session

How to Prepare for Your First Laser Hair Removal Session

Indulging in any new beauty treatment is often exciting. When that treatment minimizes the time, energy, and effort you put into your daily or weekly routine, it promises even more value. Therefore, many people who want to look their best undergo laser hair removal treatments.

If you’ve never undergone laser hair removal, you might wonder what to expect and how to prepare for your first appointment. Skin Tight MedSpa provided the ultimate procedure guide below. Walk into your first laser treatment experience with confidence after reading our guide.

Laser Treatment Comes with Advantages

Laser Treatment Comes with Advantages

As you probably know, laser hair removal treatments have numerous benefits. Almost anyone can get this procedure because of its accessibility and effectiveness. While it doesn’t typically yield permanent hair removal results, it can significantly shorten your beauty and hygiene routine.

Cost Effectiveness

Think of all the time and effort you waste to remove unwanted hair at home. Now, consider how much you spend on waxing or shaving products at the store. Regular laser hair removal treatments can save money and time throughout the years.

No More Ingrown Hairs!

One of the pitfalls of shaving is painful ingrown hair follicles. Ingrown hairs develop when a cut hair curls beneath the skin’s surface, causing swollen, red bumps. Laser hair removal works by ripping the hair out at the root. Bid farewell to unsightly, uncomfortable bumps!

Less Time Shaving and Plucking

How long does it take for you to pluck, shave, or wax unwanted hair? Legs can take 10 to 15 minutes, while waxing might take half an hour. The hours add up, and your efforts don’t stop or slow the hair growth cycle.

Thinner Hair Regrowth

Each laser hair removal procedure damages the hair follicle. This damage both slows hair growth and makes the hair thin with time. Under some circumstances, the hair follicles may cease to produce hair at all. A laser session might also lighten the hair pigment, making regrowth less noticeable.

Few, If Any, Side Effects

Some clients don’t have any side effects while others have mild ones. If you have sensitive skin, you might experience more discomfort than others. However, side effects are often short-lived and easily managed with proper post-procedure care.

Getting Ready for Your First Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Now that you’ve decided to add an occasional laser hair removal appointment to your beauty regimen, let’s explore how you should prepare for it. Your aesthetician will likely give you a run-down of potential risks and preparation recommendations during your initial consultation. However, you’ll find some general information about what to do and not do below.

Discuss Prescription Medications with Your Medical Spa Aesthetician

If you take prescription medications, inform your aesthetician during the initial consultation. You might also want to discuss stopping them with your doctor. Some medications can cause adverse reactions, like skin discoloration and excessive pain.

Some photosensitizing medications include antibiotics, birth control, and acne treatments.

Avoid Sun Exposure and Tanning Beds

Excessive UV or sun exposure wreaks havoc on your skin’s surface. If you have a habit of sunbathing or using tanning beds, you should consider other options to achieve that sun-kissed glow. At the very least, stop tanning a month before your first appointment. Consider replacing your routine with self-tanners once your skin stops reacting to the laser hair removal treatment.

Stop Using Certain Products Beforehand

Some skin products are far too harsh to combine with a laser hair removal treatment. Check your skincare collection for the following ingredients:

  • Benzoyl peroxide increases photosensitivity.
  • Hydroxy acid might make your skin sensitive.
  • Retinoids can increase the likelihood of unwanted skin reactions.
  • Salicylic acid may prevent the hair laser from fully targeting the hair follicles.

Stick to gentle, moisturizing lotions. When in doubt, reach for skin products with no active ingredients. You can return to them once you fully recover.

Stop Waxing and Plucking

Stop plucking and waxing sessions if they were previously part of your beauty routine. These hair removal methods rip the hair out at the hair follicles, preventing your laser hair removal treatment from doing its job. If you decide to stick to laser hair removal for each treatment area, you must forfeit these habits entirely.

Shave the Area Before Your Appointment

Although waxing and plucking aren’t allowed, you can still keep shaving up to 24 hours before your appointment. In fact, some aestheticians recommend shaving the treatment area as it leaves just enough hair growth to see and target.

Shower Right Before the Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Almost all beauty products and procedures require clean skin to work safely and effectively. Take a shower or bath before showing up to your laser appointment. Thoroughly wash each treatment area, remove makeup, and avoid applying lotions and other moisturizing skin products.

Any remaining makeup product residue left on your skin can increase your chances of developing a post-procedure infection or reaction. These complications can be particularly painful on the bikini area.

What Should You Expect During Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

When you arrive for your procedure, you will receive a pair of light-deflection goggles to protect your eyes from the laser. You will sit or lie back with the bikini area or other treatment spot exposed. As the aesthetician works the laser, you might feel prickling sensations or smell hair burning.

As you lie back on the table, your aesthetician points a laser at the bikini line or other treatment area. The laser targets the hair roots within the follicles. The light emits heat that burns the sacs that produce the unwanted hair, resulting in slowed hair growth, lighter hair pigment, and ultimately less noticeable hairs between each laser treatment.

You should be offered numbing cream after the laser hair removal treatment ends. Use the numbing cream as recommended to combat redness, swelling, and sensitivity caused by the lasers.

Potential Side Effects of Laser Treatments

Like other cosmetic treatments, laser hair removal treatment can cause some side effects. However, these reactions shouldn’t prevent you from going about your regular routine. If the lasers cause any noticeable discomfort, it should resolve within the first day or two following your laser hair removal appointment.

Sensitive Skin and Discomfort

Your skin may feel to the touch immediately following laser hair removal. You might also notice burning sensations or general soreness. The numbing cream should help with these symptoms.

Redness and Inflammation

A hair removal treatment can cause the treatment area to swell up from inflammation which may cause redness at the hair removal site. Ask your aesthetician whether ibuprofen and other NSAIDs might be appropriate for combating these issues.

In rare cases, a laser hair removal procedure might darken or lighten your skin pigment. These changes are often temporary.

Speak with Your Med Spa About Painful Occurrences

Generally, you shouldn’t struggle with any distracting pain, discomfort, or swelling that limits your daily routine. Following pre-treatment guidelines can significantly reduce the likelihood of the above-listed and more extreme reactions:

  • Discuss all medications you take. These might include antibiotics, birth control, and anti-inflammatories.
  • Double-check each product’s ingredient list. Watch out for actives like benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and other potent ingredients.
  • Present clean skin at the appointment. Wash off all makeup, lotion, and topical medications.
  • Avoid sun exposure. Leave the tanning beds and sun-bathing sessions in the 80s and 90s. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • No waxing or plucking. Plucking and waxing prevent you from achieving the best possible results. You can still shave up to a day before your appointment.

If you forget to disclose some medications, couldn’t get around to a shave session, or accidentally moisturized your skin before the laser hair removal procedure, inform your aesthetician about the mistakes. If you notice any concerning developments or side effects, like noticeable pigment changes, contact your med spa about your concerns. They can pencil you in for a visit to determine whether your experience is normal or if you need an intervention.

What to Do After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

What to Do After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

After undergoing laser hair removal, you might wonder what you should and shouldn’t do to get the best results possible. Your aesthetician will likely suggest the following do’s and don’ts during the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure:

  • Do use topical antibiotics. Anti-inflammatory or antibacterial topical solutions can protect and soothe your skin.
  • Don’t get in the sun. If you must spend time outdoors, stay out of intense heat and wear a high-SPF sunscreen.
  • Do use gentle skincare products. Apply gentle, non-fragranced moisturizers to the area. Fewer ingredients are often better!
  • Don’t go swimming. Water bodies harbor bacteria and other pathogens that can easily infect your irritated skin.
  • Do exfoliate… gently! Gentle exfoliation can help you achieve the best results and prevent debris from lodging in the hair follicles.

Book a Consultation for Your First Appointment with Skin Tight MedSpa in Natick, Massachusetts

Whether you’re embarking on your first laser hair removal adventure or awaiting your next appointment, you can trust Skin Tight MedSpa’s cosmetic experts to remove unwanted hair through laser hair removal. Call 978-705-9919 to book a consultation today!

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