If you’ve been shaving for years, or are tired of painful waxing appointments, laser hair removal treatments may be the next best option for you. Although the notion of being hair-free in certain areas of your body sounds exciting, laser hair removal doesn’t come without potential risks. Each person may have a different reaction to lasers, so preparing your skin and mind before your appointment is not a step to be skipped. How do you prepare for your laser hair removal treatment?
Steps to Prepare for Treatment
Four to five weeks before your first laser hair removal appointment, there are some important steps to follow. Depending on where the treatment will be administered on your body, you might have received specific instructions from the laser technician about how to prepare your skin so the procedure is the most effective and least painful.
Stop Plucking and Waxing
One of the first and most important tips to remember is that you should discontinue any waxing, tweezing, bleaching, or use of depilatories before your laser treatment. This ensures that the hair removal process is completed correctly, efficiently, and with as few side effects as possible.
Shave 24 Hours before the Treatment
The day before your treatment, you should shave all existing hair. If your hair grows back quickly, you can shave up to an hour before the laser treatment so the skin is fresh and calmed down after shaving. The technician may be required to charge you extra fees if they need to shave the area for you. Smooth, shaved skin allows the laser procedure to be quick and effective, and it means less discomfort or pain for the patient. If there is too much hair present on the skin that needs to be treated, the laser will target the hair and the follicle under the skin, causing burned hair and, sometimes, burned skin as well.
Avoid Tanning Beds/Lotions, Spray Tans, and Sun Exposure
Since lasers are attracted to the melanin in the hair and skin, tanned skin can make it difficult for the laser to differentiate your sensitive skin from the actual hairs. Patients are strongly recommended to avoid sun exposure on the areas that need to be treated—sunscreen should be applied before any prolonged time outdoors. If you have sunburns, your treatment will definitely need to be postponed since the reddened skin is highly irritable and will change how the lasers affect the skin and hair follicles.
What to Expect After the First Treatment
After the first laser hair removal session, most patients will notice tenderness and slightly red or pink skin. This is caused by the heat from the laser and is completely normal. Patients should keep their skin moisturized with an unscented product such as aloe vera gel or Polysporin, stay out of the sun, and wear loose fitting clothing so the area is ventilated. If the skin feels sore, wrapping an ice pack in a soft towel and placing it over the affected area is a soothing solution. Within one to two days, patients can resume their normal activities, exercises, and dress to their comfort.
Get Laser Hair Removal Treatments at The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
If you’ve decided that laser hair removal in Toronto is right for you, you should contact a trusted laser hair removal provider who can get you started. Experienced providers will always walk you through the process in detail, answer any questions you have, give you specific laser hair removal cost information, and give you expert advice so you can get the most out of your treatments.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the anti-aging skin and body care that they deserve. To learn more about our laser hair removal services, contact us at 416.546.4664 or info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.