LASER HAIR REMOVAL PRE AND POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Stop any topical medications 1 week prior to treatment, including (blood thinning medications, antibiotics, Retin-A or skin care products .
- Antibiotics may increase photosensitivity. We recommend that you check with your personal physician prior to receiving laser treatments if you are taking a long term antibiotic. If you become ill and begin taking an antibiotic you will need to be off of the medication for 7 days before laser treatment.
- Do not take Accutane at minimum 6 months. Clients who have used Accutane, or similar products, within the last 6 months CANNOT have laser hair removal treatments.
- Avoid chemical peels and other laser procedures in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior and two weeks after your laser treatment.
- Avoid all alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products(AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinols/retinoid),Tazorac, Differin for 7 days before treatment.
- If you are prone to cold sores, it is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication (such as Valtrex) prior to your treatment. Clients with active cold sores will not be treated.
- No tanning / self tanning of the skin before, immediately, or between treatments.
- Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and 2-4 weeks after the treatment.
- Discontinue the use of self tanning skin care products 1 week prior to treatment. Any residual self tanner should be removed prior to treatment.
- Recently Tanned skin cannot be treated!
- Tanned skin is more sensitive to heat without you knowing it, client is at risk of burning, pigmentation, scarring, and serious damage of the skin, and a less effective treatment. White spots may also developed after the treatment and this may not clear for 2-3 months or longer.
- No Waxing, tweezing, threading, bleaching, electrolysis treatment on areas to be treated 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. Plucking or pulling hair out by the roots means there won’t be any hair for the laser to target.
- Shave the day before your treatment schedule. Show up with clean skin. Do not shave the face
- Shower and wash your skin prior your laser treatment. Avoid any products on the day of treatment to the areas to be treated. Remove all make up, dirt, oil, lotions, and moisturizer.
- No Laser treatment: if you are pregnant or if you think you may be pregnant.
- Use of a topical numbing cream is optional. Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment if you wish to apply numbing cream, available for purchase. If applicable, apply numbing cream 30 to 40 minutes prior to your treatment. All products must be completely removed prior to treatment.
- If you have botox or dermal fillers in the area to be treated, wait 14 days both before and after injection.
- Clients should come to appointments with clean skin in the area to be treated. All client's who are treating any part of their face/neck will be required to cleanse their entire face in the clinic.
- Immediately after your treatment there should be slight redness, swelling around hair follicles, and mild discomfort similar to sunburn which may last up to 2 hours or longer. You may use topical hydrocortisone, aloe vera gel to alleviate the discomfort. Oral antihistamine, hydrocortisone, or Benadryl can be used as well. Cool packs may also be applied.
- Avoid Sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation
- Use Sunblock SPF 30 and above at all times, apply several times daily. Continue to use Sunblock for the duration of your treatments.
- Avoid anything that pulls hair out by the roots ( Wax, tweeze, thread, or electrolysis treatment) 4-6 weeks post laser treatment. Shaving is permitted if needed in between intervals. For the face trim instead of shaving
- Within 2-3 weeks after the treatment , hair will reach the shedding stage and begin to fall out Don’t pluck, tweeze or wax the targeted area, you can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth or loofa sponge
- No deodorant 24 – 48 hours if under arm was treated if redness still present, you may wish to use powder instead of deodorant to reduce irritation. Make up or deodorant may be applied after the redness/irritation is cleared
- Do not take a shower with warm/hot water within 24 hours use cold water only. Do not rub or pick the treated area, Do not use any scrub loofahs or abrasive scrubs for 5 days
- Avoid strenuous sports activities / saunas/ Jacuzzi for 3 days. Client should not perform any physical activity that increases body temperature or blood pressure within 2 hours before and after treatments.
- You should experience slight redness, bumps, and swelling in the treated area for up to 72 hours. You may apply Recovery RX Restorative Gel (highly recommended) cool towels, ice packs or aloe vera to alleviate discomfort due to heat. If these conditions persist, topical creams such as RX Restorative Gel (highly recommended), aloe vera (no alcohol), calamine or hydrocortisone may be applied.
- If blisters occur, do not puncture. If skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment until healed.
- Tylenol is recommended for post treatment discomfort.
- Avoid any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post treatment or until healing has occurred.
- If you experience any side effects such as hypo or hyper pigmentation, prolonged redness or swelling, histamine reaction, or blistering call or come in for instructions on treatment.
- To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended by your technician.
Treatments generally occur every 4-6 weeks for the upper body, and possibly 6-8 weeks for the lower body. Hair regrowth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body., After each treatment, you should notice less and less hair in the targeted area. The hair that does not continue to grow should be finer and lighter in color.