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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal

Did you nick yourself while shaving again or just get a wax? 

Ouch! We’re sorry. While you may appreciate the final results, the path to getting there isn’t always pain-free. 

When razors and waxes aren’t cutting it, laser hair removal might be your answer! This quick treatment can result in long-lasting, silky-smooth skin without the hassle or time spent making sure every last hair is gone.

Instead of shaving or ripping out the hair, laser hair removal is a procedure that emits concentrated light beams to target hair follicles and reduce growth. 

If you've ever considered laser hair removal, then this guide is for you. Today, we’re going to cover everything you need to know to prepare for laser hair removal with confidence.

Let’s start with step one: a consultation.

Your laser hair removal consultation 

Before everything else, you need to find the right provider for laser hair removal in your area. Start by doing some research, reading reviews and testimonials from others who have had the service, and book a consultation appointment with the provider you've chosen.

Your first appointment will be a consultation where you'll learn more about the procedure and they'll learn more about you. Your provider is ask questions to understand your skin type, hair removal goals while also answer any questions or concerns that you have. For example, they may ask how often you go tanning or if you regularly use any topical skincare products in the areas you want treated.

Once your provider puts a treatment plan together, they will schedule a date for your first treatment. You'll want to follow their pre-treatment care guidelines to a T to get the best results possible! 

Preparing for laser hair removal 

Your laser hair removal provider’s pre-treatment guidelines will help you avoid any issues or side effects that could impact the treatment’s ability to produce your desired results. 

Some common tips for preparing for laser hair removal include: 

  • Minimize sun exposure: Avoid sun exposure as much as you can before your treatment. If the treatment area is going to be exposed during the day, wear a high-SPF sunscreen to prevent any UV damage. 
  • Limit topical cosmetics and skincare: Limit the use of any topical cosmetics and skincare products that could potentially affect the hair follicle or get in the way of the laser. Ask your provider when you can resume using these products in the target areas following your treatment. 
  • Shave but don’t wax or pluck: You should shave the treatment area at least a few days leading up to the procedure. Waxing or plucking can remove too much hair from the follicle and prevent the laser from reaching it effectively. 

  • What to expect during laser hair removal 

    During your treatment session, a certified laser hair removal technician will use a handheld device and guide it over the surface of your skin to target the hair follicles. Though it may cause some minor discomfort for some people, laser hair removal typically does not cause significant pain. 

    The level of discomfort you might experience is usually described as a warm feeling or a mild stinging sensation. Though rare, if this feeling is more than you can tolerate comfortably, let your technician know immediately. 

    Aftercare post-treatment 

    Once the laser hair removal session is finished, your provider will give you advice on post-treatment aftercare. You may also see some swelling or redness, which is completely normal and should subside on its own within a few hours. 

    To help alleviate any swelling, redness, or irritation, you can apply aloe vera gel, an ice pack or any other product recommended by your provider. You may also want to avoid wearing rough or itchy fabrics over the area of skin to maximize your comfort. 

    For the first few days after your treatment, keep your skin away from high heat and high-sweat activities like hot showers, strenuous exercises, and long hours in the sunlight without protection. 

    Start your path to better laser hair removal in Chicago

    At Chapter Aesthetic Studio, we provide caring, guest-tailored laser hair removal in Chicago and over 20+ other locations throughout the northern United States. To learn more about preparing for laser hair removal, book a free consultation now for any of our aesthetic studios or contact us anytime!