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How Should You Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

How Should You Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
Preparing for a laser hair removal session is essential to ensure a safe and effective treatment experience. Laser hair removal offers a long-lasting solution to unwanted hair, and proper preparation can contribute to optimal results and minimal discomfort. If you’re considering undergoing laser hair removal, here are some important steps to take before your session:

Avoid Sun Exposure

Direct sun exposure can increase the risk of complications during laser hair removal. The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicles, and tanned or sunburned skin can be more sensitive to the laser’s energy. It’s advisable to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning products for at least four to six weeks before your treatment. If you have unavoidable sun exposure, make sure to use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin.

Shave the Treatment Area

On the day of your laser hair removal session or the night before, shave the treatment area thoroughly. Shaving ensures that the laser’s energy is focused on the hair follicles below the skin’s surface, rather than being absorbed by the hair above the skin. However, avoid waxing, plucking, or any hair removal method that removes the hair from the root, as this can interfere with the laser’s effectiveness.

Avoid Certain Skin Products

Products that can sensitize the skin, such as retinoids, glycolic acids, and alpha hydroxy acids, should be avoided in the treatment area for a week or two before your session. These products can make your skin more sensitive to the laser’s energy and increase the risk of adverse reactions. Consult with your practitioner about which skincare products are safe to use leading up to your treatment.

Inform Your Practitioner

Before your laser hair removal session, inform your practitioner about any medical conditions, medications, or recent changes in your health. Certain medical conditions and medications can affect the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Open communication with your practitioner ensures that they can tailor the treatment to your specific needs. Plan Your Wardrobe

Plan Your Wardrobe

Wear loose and comfortable clothing to your laser hair removal appointment. This will help prevent friction or irritation on the treated area after the session. Additionally, avoid applying perfumes, deodorants, or any other products to the treatment area on the day of your session.

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is important for the health and condition of your skin. Drinking enough water leading up to your appointment can help improve the overall quality of your skin, making it more receptive to the laser treatment.

Shave, Cleanse, and Go Product-Free

On the day of your appointment, arrive with clean, freshly washed skin. Remove any makeup, lotions, or creams from the treatment area. This ensures that the laser can effectively target the hair follicles without any barriers.

Arrive on Time

Arrive for your appointment on time to ensure that you have enough time for any paperwork or pre-treatment consultations. This also allows you to relax and prepare mentally for the session.

Follow Post-Treatment Instructions

After your laser hair removal session, your practitioner will provide you with post-treatment instructions. Follow these guidelines carefully to ensure proper healing and to minimize the risk of complications. This may include avoiding sun exposure, using gentle skincare products, and refraining from strenuous activities for a short period.


Proper preparation is a key factor in achieving successful laser hair removal results. By following these guidelines and collaborating with your practitioner at DrSkin Med Spa, you can ensure that your treatment is safe, effective, and as comfortable as possible. Say goodbye to the hassle of traditional hair removal methods and embrace the convenience and confidence that laser hair removal can provide. Schedule your appointment today!  

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