Laser hair removal has become a wonderful solution for men and women that want to get rid of unwanted hair on their legs, arms, backs, shoulders, upper lip, and other bodily areas. It is a great option for those that are tired or are sensitive to shaving, waxing, and plucking. However, like other treatments, it is best for patients to prepare themselves for the procedure. Since laser hair removal is non-invasive the preparations are minimal.
Prior to a laser hair reduction or removal treatment it is advised that patients consult with a cosmetic surgeon and go over their medical history and discuss the risks that are involved with the procedure. It is also important to go over the benefits and expectations a person should and should not have with laser hair removal. The patient and surgeon will go over the treatment plan and what the overall cost is going to be. Surgeons will take a picture that will be used as a before-and-after assessment at a long-term review session. When your appointment nears there are a few things to keep in mind to make the treatment more successful.
Stay Out of the Sun Prior to Laser Hair Removal
Those who have a tan when they get a laser hair removal treatment may have unwanted side effects, such as blistering and discoloration. Typically, patients will see a slight reddening of the skin and localized swelling but nothing severe. To prevent harsh side effects, it is best for patients to wait until their tan completely fades before getting a treatment. Avoid the sun and use sunscreen whenever you go outside when you are undergoing laser hair removal treatments.
Avoid Plucking, Electrolysis, and Waxing
Another thing to avoid for a more successful laser hair removal treatment is plucking, waxing, and electrolysis since these methods can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with the laser treatments. However, shaving is still OK because it preserves the hair shaft and follicle.
Always ask your surgeon how they prefer their patients to prepare for laser hair removal so treatment can begin as soon as possible.