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How to Prepare for a Session of Laser Hair Removal

By October 19, 2020May 2nd, 2023Laser Treatment

A more permanent alternative to shaving and waxing, laser hair removal can be performed on almost any area of your body. Before going to an appointment, there are a few steps you should take to help make the session as productive as possible. Here are three tips for preparing for laser hair removal.

Refrain From Plucking and Waxing

Because laser hair removal primarily targets the roots of hairs, you should avoid plucking, waxing, or otherwise damaging the roots in the target area for four to six weeks before the procedure. It’s safe to continue shaving, however, as shaving only affects hairs and not their roots. In the weeks or months between laser treatments, you can still pluck and wax hairs, but make sure you give yourself enough time to be ready for your next session.

Shave the Target Area Before the Session

In preparation for a laser treatment, you should shave the hair in the target area 24 to 48 hours beforehand. This allows the laser to target the roots of hairs more accurately.

Avoid Sunlight, Tanning, and Harsh Chemicals

In the days leading up to a treatment, you need to protect the skin in the target area from extended sun exposure and chemicals. Skin that has been sunburned, tanned in a tanning bed, or treated with self-tanning products is more likely to react negatively to the laser and lead to complications. You should also avoid bleaching the hair in the target area because that alters the hair’s pigmentation, which makes it more difficult for the laser to work effectively.

Regardless of your hair or skin type, there are several options that can provide you with long-lasting results. At The Dermatology Clinic, we offer three laser hair removal procedures as part of our full range of cosmetic services. To schedule an appointment at one of our locations in the Baton Rouge area, call (225) 769-7546 or fill out our form.

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