- The most important rule when doing a course of laser hair removal sessions is to avoid any kind of sun exposure, use of self-tanners (including spray tans), and solariums. These can all greatly affect laser treatment, as laser is attracted to dark pigment and is unable to decipher between the pigment in dark hair and tanned/darker skin. To reduce any risk of skin burning or pigmenting due to incorrect preparation, your clinician must be aware if you have had recent UV exposure or are wearing fake tan. An SPF30 or greater sunscreen must be used daily and frequently to protect the treated area throughout the course of treatments.
- As waxing, plucking and threading temporarily remove the hair from the follicle before it grows back, it is imperative to not pursue such methods for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to laser hair removal in the treatment area. If there is no hair in the follicle at the time of treatment, then the laser is unable to successfully target and destroy growth. The use of shaving or depilatory creams on the treatment area is not a problem, as they do not remove the hair from the follicle.
- It is recommended only to remove surface hair by shaving, depilatory creams, or clippering the treated areas during the course of treatment.
- Shave the area to be treated 24 hours prior to your treatment; this will promote a stronger current in the laser which will mean better results.
- Avoid partaking in any activities prior to coming in for treatment that will make you hot and sweaty, such as exercising or going to spas and saunas.