Preparing For Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive way to reduce or remove unwanted body hair. It can be a good option for those with excess body hair who are looking for a way to effectively reduce or remove hair from both large and small areas of the body.

Before the procedure, a medical specialist cleans the treatment area. If the area is particularly sensitive, the numbing gel can be applied. During the laser hair removal procedure, everyone in the room needs to wear special protective eyewear to prevent eye damage from the laser.

Once the numbing gel kicks in, the medical specialist focuses a beam of high-energy light at the desired area. The bigger the area you would like treated, the longer the procedure takes. Small areas can take as little as a couple of minutes while larger areas such as the chest can take an hour or more.

Your doctor should provide thorough preparation instructions before your appointment. Following these instructions improves the effectiveness of the procedure and reduces the risk of side effects. Here are some common recommendations:

  • Stay out of the sun for a few days before the procedure. Laser hair removal shouldn’t be performed on tanned skin.
  • Avoid irritating the skin.
  • Stay away from waxing and plucking.
  • Try not to take anti-inflammatory drugs that may increase bleeding, such as aspirin.
  • If you have an active infection, such as a cold sore or bacterial skin infection, the procedure should not be performed.