After years of shaving, waxing, plucking, and creams, you are ready for a more permanent way to remove unwanted hair from your legs, arms, face, and intimate areas. Laser hair removal is a great option because it is less painful than other hair removal techniques, it is fast, and it is a precise way to eliminate unwanted hair. Here are a few ways you can prepare for your first laser hair removal appointment.
Stop Taking or Applying Certain Medications
Your aesthetician will provide you with a comprehensive list of medications you need to stop ingesting or applying to your skin, particularly the treatment area, prior to your appointment. For example, you may be asked to adjust your birth control treatment oral medication. Avoid applying topical prescription and over-the-counter medications or ointments to the treatment area, such as acne medications, as well.
Taking a break from these medications can help ensure the laser hair removal is more effective and your skin does not have any reactions to the procedure.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Avoid tanning beds for several days before your appointment. Additionally, stay out of the sun and if you must be outside in direct sunlight, apply sunscreen according to the package directions. Exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage your skin and leave it very sensitive, which can cause more discomfort during and after your laser hair removal.
After your appointment, continue to avoid direct sunlight and apply sunscreen.
Shave the Treatment Area
Remove the hair from the treatment area a few hours before your appointment. Use a razor and shaving cream to remove the hair. Do not pluck or wax to remove unwanted hair, as these both damage the skin and can cause unnecessary discomfort from the laser hair removal.
Also, avoid shaving right before your appointment, especially in your bikini area. Instead, give your skin a few hours to heal after shaving before your laser hair removal appointment.
Clean the Treatment Area Thoroughly
Finally, make sure to take a shower and thoroughly clean your skin prior to your appointment. Do not apply any lotions, perfumes, makeup, or any other products to the skin that will be treated. This will ensure that there is no barrier between your skin and the wand that is used to remove the hair. Additionally, wear comfortable clothing that can easily be removed prior to your treatment.
From avoiding direct sunlight to shaving the treatment area, there are several ways you can prepare for your first laser hair removal appointment.
For more information on laser hair removal, contact a company near you.