Laser Hair Removal Dos and Donts

Laser hair removal is a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment that can allow you to permanently reduce unwanted hair and achieve smooth skin.

While the treatment process is fairly straightforward and seems simple, it is important to remember laser hair removal is a medical procedure and requires proper preparation and post-care.

If you are considering laser hair removal this summer, here are the dos and donts for before, during, and after treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Dos and Donts Before Treatment

Here are four things that every patient should do in the weeks and days leading up to their treatment.

DO research providers and ensure that you are being treated in a medical setting by a qualified and experienced practitioner like those at Laser of Arlington.

DO avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and artificial tanners for two-to-four weeks.

DO shave the targeted area the day before or the day of your laser hair removal appointment.

DON’T wax, pluck, thread, or epilate the treatment area for four weeks.

Laser Hair Removal Dos and Donts During Treatment

Most laser hair removal sessions can be completed in 10-20 minutes and require no downtime.

Here are three ways that you can make the process a breeze and return to your normal routine a quickly as possible.

DO wear protective eyewear.

DO ask questions and let your provider know if you are uncomfortable or if something doesn’t feel right.

DON’T worry too much about discomfort. Laser hair removal is relatively quick, and most patients say that it feels similar to a rubberband lightly snapping against the skin.

Laser Hair Removal Dos and Donts After Treatment

Laser hair removal has an excellent safety profile and success rate. However, following these post-care instructions will help maximize results and minimize side effects.

DO schedule your next treatment six-to-eight weeks later. You will begin to see reduced and finer regrowth in two-to-three weeks.

DO wear a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

DO shave the area, but avoid waxing, plucking, threading, and epilating between sessions.

DON’T expose the treatment area to the sun or tanning beds for two-to-four weeks after laser hair removal.

This helps limit the risk of hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, burns, and scarring.

DON’T sit in a steam room, sauna, or hot tub for two days.

DON’T engage in high-intensity exercise for 24 hours.

DON’T go in a pool or ocean for two-to-three days after laser hair removal.

Get Started with Laser Hair Removal Today

If you are considering laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented providers.

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Arlington, VA 22201


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