Laser Hair Removal Pre- and Post-treatment Care

SIDE EFFECTS ARE MINIMAL AND TEND TO BE ONLY MILD TO MODERATE REDNESS. TO AVOID ANY OTHER POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:

  • The best way to minimize the risk of side effects is to avoid UV exposure for 7 days pre-and post- treatment.
  • Avoid sunburns and tans for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Avoid sunless tanning products for 7 days before treatment.
  • Clients who are pregnant cannot be treated.
  • Technicians cannot treat over tattoos.

Pre-treatment Care

  • The area to be treated must be clean-shaven leaving a small patch for the laser specialist to see. Unshaven clients may be rescheduled.
  • Avoid UV exposure 7 days prior to your treatment.
  • Clients who are sunburned or tanned must wait 2 weeks before being treated to avoid additional skin damage.
  • Avoid sunless tanning products 7 days prior to your treatment It is recommended that you exfoliate the area to remove any residual colour.
  • Clients should come to appointments with clean skin in the area to be treated.
  • 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, and Differin for 7 days before treatment.
  • Clients with any abnormal lesions, moles or spots on the area to be treated must be cleared by a medical practitioner prior to treatment.
  • Clients must stop waxing, tweezing and chemical epilation 3 weeks prior to 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.
  • Clients who have used Accutane or similar products within the last 6 months CANNOT have laser hair removal treatments.
  • Client should not perform any physical activity that increases body temperature or blood.pressure within 2 hours before and after treatments.
  • If you have Botox or dermal fillers in the area to be treated, wait 14 days both before and after injection to receive treatments.
  • 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 the medication for 7 days before laser treatment.

What to Expect from Your Treatment

  • Clients with red, grey or blonde hair in the area to be treated should consult with a Laser Technician prior to receiving treatments, as the laser is less effective on these hair colours.
  • During your treatment you can expect slight discomfort, similar to a rubber-band snap on your skin.
  • You may experience slight redness, bumps, and swelling in the treated area that can last 15 minutes or up to 72 hours.
  • Allow a minimum of 7 to 14 days post treatment for hair to “fall out” or shed from the skin.
  • For best results, allow your technician(s) to customize your treatment schedule based on your needs.
  • Be advised, clients may not bring children under the age of 12 to their appointments.

Post-treatment Care

  • Avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.
  • If blisters occur, do not puncture. If skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment until healed. Please let laser technician know before next treatment if a blister did occur.
  • Tylenol is recommended for post-treatment discomfort.
  • Using a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher is critical when receiving laser treatments and is recommended ongoing for maintenance.
  • To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended by your technician.

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