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How to Prepare for Your Very First Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Laser hair removal is an excellent option for removing unwanted hair from your face, arm, underarm, leg, bikini line, and back. There are many benefits that you can get from a laser treatment. For one, it offers precision that ensures the removal of hair only in the parts that you want them removed. It also gives you soft and smooth skin after the treatment. Also, after a few sessions, many patients lose their hair in those lasered parts permanently.

If it is your first time getting laser treatment, it can be scary because you don’t know how it will go. To help you prepare for your very first session, here are some things that you can expect from laser hair removal:


Your goal is to get the best possible results without any irritation. These tips can help you achieve that:

Shave as Instructed

You should get specific instructions from your practitioner on how you should shave your hair. You should do this at least 12 hours before the treatment. Make sure your skin is bare and free from any lotion or moisturizers when you get your hair removal treatment.

Steer Clear of Other Hair Removal Methods

Plucking, waxing, and other hair removal methods could disrupt the hair follicle and could affect the result of the laser hair removal. If you are going to schedule an appointment for a laser session, ensure that you stop other methods for a month before your laser hair treatment.

Keep Sun Exposure to a Minimum

Avoiding direct exposure to the sun and not tanning for weeks prior to your appointment can make recovery easier and faster. It could also help prevent blisters and swelling. If it’s impossible for you to stay out of the sun, at least make a conscious effort to cover up and to apply a good amount of sunscreen. 

Inform Your Practitioner of Any Medications You Are Taking

Whether they’re prescription medicines or supplements, it’s best that you disclose everything that you’re taking to your practitioner. It’s because some medications may not work well with the procedure and affect the result. 

For instance, if you are taking antibiotics that are photosensitive, getting laser treatment could cause hyperpigmentation, or worse, a skin burn. 

What to Expect From the Treatment

You might experience some discomfort during the treatment, but it’s not painful or intolerable. This will last for just a few seconds, so it’s nothing to worry about. Some parts may feel more discomfort than others because the thinner the skin, the more sensitive it is. 

The length of the procedure depends on which body part you are getting laser treatment for. A full body hair laser removal will last significantly longer than just having your arm hair removed.

Expect some redness or even some minor irritation after the laser treatment, but it’s nothing that can’t be relieved by applying a cold compress. In fact, it should not be anything worse than a sunburn or a razor burn. These post-laser effects should be gone in a few hours or a couple of days at the longest. 

Laser treatments are done in six to ten sessions with each treatment addressing a different level or stage of hair growth. The interval between two sessions is often two to 10 weeks. Unlike with waxing, you won’t get any coarse ingrown hairs, and once you have completed all your sessions, you will notice complete hair removal, or at least a significant hair reduction. 


Laser hair removal is among the most commonly done cosmetic treatments in the country because of its effectiveness and the benefits that it delivers. If you are someone who spends hours each week plucking or shaving hair from your face or body, you should definitely consider a laser treatment.

Lase New York does the best laser hair removal treatments that are fast, effective, and painless, thanks to our patented cooling technology and top of the line equipment. Contact our team today to request a consultation!

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