FULLY SHAVE all areas you plan on treating the night before your appointment. DO NOT wax, tweeze, bleach or use any hair removal creams.
*Exception: thin, short facial hairs.
Make sure you have not been on any ANTIBIOTICS two weeks prior. You will not be able to get treated if you have any of these or the following contraindications:
2 WEEKS BEFORE DISCONTINUE…
- Antibiotics and any other photosensitizing medications
- Waxing, tweezing, bleaching, and hair removal creams (shaving is acceptable)
- Prolonged sun exposure, tanning beds & self tanners
- Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, botox/fillers and other laser procedures
- Prescribed topical medications, including Retin A, Tazorac, Differin, etc.
1 WEEK BEFORE DISCONTINUE…
- Abrasive products containing retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone/bleaching creams, benzoyl peroxide
ON THE DAY OF YOUR APPT…
- Arrive fully shaved and make sure all creams, lotions, makeup and deodorants are removed.
Pregnant or lactating women may not be treated. Accutane must be stopped 6 months before laser.
- SPF 30+ sunscreen is required on all treated and exposed areas between sessions.
- Applying makeup for 12 hours and deodorant for 3 hours after each session.
- Products with alcohols, bleaching creams, perfumed products (i.e. aromatherapy oils) for 24 hours.
- Gym activity for 24 hours.
- Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs, swimming and extreme sports for 48 hours.
- Abrasive skin care products and exfoliation for 1 week.
- Waxing, tweezing, bleaching, and hair removal creams (shaving is acceptable) between sessions.
- Prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds/self tanners for 2 weeks.
- Chemical peels, botox/fillers and other laser procedures in the area for 2 weeks.
INTRA-TREATMENTS & home care
- Intimate Whitening treatments may be performed to help exfoliate and bleach pigmented areas.
- For ingrown hairs, razor bumps or generic irritation Tend Skin is a liquid solution that can be found on Amazon.com or your local Walgreens, Target or Walmart.
- Razor burn folliculitis occurs when the hair follicles become inflamed due to infection. This is a result of improper shavings, such as dry shaving, and is common on the legs. Always shave in the direction of the hair growth and do not shave immediately before undergoing laser hair removal. Depending on how frequently you shave, each dull razor blade should be replaced at least once a month.
What to expect
- During your treatment you can expect slight discomfort, similar to a rubber-band snap on your skin. For your comfort, a numbing cream is available for purchase. You must arrive 30 mins before in order for it to be applied and to take effect.
- Treated area may appear red, irritated and swollen (like sunburn) for up to 24 hours or longer. You may apply ice packs, pure aloe vera gel and/or any over the counter hydrocortisone cream twice a day for three days. Do not pick or scratch, these are temporary and will subside.
- Allow a minimum of 5-10 days post treatment for hair to “fall out” or shed from the skin. You can help the hairs exfoliate by rubbing with a washcloth or loofah sponge a week after treatment.
- On average, clients experience up to 30% reduction after each treatment.
- You may call for an appointment at the first sign of new hair growth. This occurs within 4-6 weeks for the upper body and possibly as long as 2-3 months for the lower body.
- If scabbing, blistering or signs of infection occur, please contact us at 929-463-3510.