Preparation for and recovering from Laser Hair Removal
For at least 2 weeks before your treatment, do not bleach or pluck the hair you want removed. Stop using tretinoin (such as RetinA) or similar products at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment. No self tanning or sunbathing at least 1-2 weeks before your treatment. Treament may not be done if you have been recently exposed to the sun. If you have genital herpes or cold sores, please take your medications before treatment. Shave, but be sure to leave a stubble (short, stiff, bristle hairs) in the area you would like treated.
After treatment, you should apply a cold compress to help reduce redness and inflammation. To give your hair follicles time to heal properly, you should avoid makeup, moisturizers and creams, perfumes and shaving for 2 to 3 days. For best results, you should not tweeze, pluck, wax, or have electrolysis on the laser-treated area. You can return to shaving after several days and once your follicles have healed.*
Once you have healed, be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 whenever you are outside to avoid pigmentation issues. You also can gently exfoliate the treated areas with a loofah sponge or washcloth to help turn over new skin cells and reveal your beautiful, smooth, hair-free skin!*