A. Preparing For Laser Hair Removal (How-To Guide)
Tired of shaving your bikini line? Tired of shaving your armpits? Tired of pulling the hair follicles out of your upper lip? When you’re ready to remove the shave, waxing and waxing from your maintenance routine, it’s time to consider laser hair removal. This procedure is not like going to a beauty salon and getting a haircut. In fact, there are several steps you need to take before your first session.
1. Schedule an appointment
Although laser treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is better to think of it as a medical procedure. In other words, you should only have a licensed and certified professional to do this for you. First, find a licensed and certified laser hair removal clinic near your city. Ask friends for testimonials or check reviews online for recommendations. Once you’ve found a place to trust, make an appointment. Counseling is critical, and trusted clinics need one for each patient. During the session, the laser technician will provide you with all the information you need to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.
2. Ask lots of questions about laser hair removal
Counseling is the time to ask questions. This will help you gather all the information you need to make an informed decision. During this first meeting, you and the technician will discuss your possible treatment. They also ask questions about your medical history. Be sure to mention any skin problems you have had in the past and whether your skin is prone to scarring.
When the coach stops asking questions about you, it’s your turn to ask questions. Ask how many sessions you will need. Ask if the procedure will be effective in knowing what to expect. Ask what the process really involves, how long it will take and what tools they will use. Also, be aware of the possible risks, as some people experience irritation, scarring and pigmentation changes in the skin. Finally, ask how much it will cost and if there are any payment plans or special offers available.
3. Consider laser hair removal
When you are sure you want to proceed with the procedure, you can schedule your first treatment session at the end of the consultation. However, if you hesitate, take a day or two to think about it. Make sure that you can afford it. Before you commit, consider your options and decide if it’s really worth it. Remember that while laser hair removal is safe, some people have minor side effects. You must consider this fact before making a decision. When you decide that laser hair removal is the right step for you, schedule your first treatment session.
4. Follow the pre-treatment instructions
Your coach will instruct you on what to do (and what not to do) before your first session. You must follow these instructions carefully. Failure to do so may affect your results or, in some cases, force you to reschedule your appointment for a later date.
a. What are some of these pre-treatment tasks?
- Well, the process starts about six weeks before your first session. You will not be able to shave or shave during this time. Laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle, so the follicle must be intact.
- It is also important that you avoid tanning and use self-tanning products six weeks before your first appointment.
- Because? Because tanning increases melanin in the skin and it is better to have natural levels of melanin during treatment. So do your best to keep your sun exposure as low as possible.
5. What to do in the days leading up to laser hair removal?
There are other guidelines that you need to follow in the days immediately prior to your first treatment. Avoid medications such as anticoagulants, NSAIDs and painkillers for several days before each session. Scrape the treatment area the day before the session. If your technician does not mention this, ask if you should. Take pictures of the area a day or two in advance so you can compare the results before and after the comparison. Take a shower before the appointment and clean the area thoroughly. Dry the area normally, but do not use lotion, sunscreen or moisturizer. The skin must be clean, dry and free of all skin products at the time of treatment.
6. Prepare yourself mentally
Laser hair removal is not completely painless, but it does not hurt most people. However, if you are very sensitive to pain, be prepared for a little discomfort. Before your first session, make sure you are 100% familiar with the procedure. If you hesitate, take a moment to think about it before entering the laser. And if you are ready and willing to have that hair removed forever, now is the time to get excited. Think about it – after a few sessions, you will never have to worry about shaving or shaving again!
The effects of laser hair removal treatments are different for each person. They often depend on a person’s skin type, skin tone and hair color. However, one thing applies to all candidates:
a. Following the correct pre-treatment steps will produce the best results.
- First, find a reputable technician with a state license and certification.
- Schedule an appointment to discuss your medical history, payment options and how the procedure works.
- Ask questions to know what to expect before, during and after treatment.
- Follow the pre-treatment instructions in the days and weeks before the first treatment.
- Maintain the treated area according to the technician’s instructions after each session.
As long as you follow your technician’s instructions, you can stop worrying about unwanted hair growth once and for all!
B. How To Prepare For Laser Hair Removal
First laser hair removal and don’t know how to prepare? This is completely right! If you read our blog, you will become a laser hair professional! When you are tired of shaving, shaving and waxing, and tired of the long and boring hassle, the inconvenience and (not to mention the cost) wearing skirts or going to the beach without thinking about your leg hair. or the hair on your chest.
1. Advice on laser hair removal
Before you get your first laser hair removal treatment on any area of the body, you need to have a full consultation and do a patch test.
During your consultation, our laser specialists listen to your needs and goals. Ask questions about your education, health and lifestyle.
2. Hair growth explained
The growth and strength of hair follicles are mainly determined by genetics. Your doctor will explain the whole process to you and give you an estimated number of sessions to attend. They explain the hair growth cycles, how the laser works, the technology, the general process, prices and payment options, the most convenient time for you to start treatment and why you are in the best hands with Premier Laser & Skin.
3. What is a laser hair removal patch test?
If your appointment determines that you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal and you are not yet tanned, your doctor will do a patch test. The patch test must be performed at least 24 hours before your first session. We apply the laser to a small part of the target area and monitor it.
4. If I have had one before, do I need to do a patch test?
Please note that even if you have had laser hair removal on other parts of your body, we will need to do a new patch test for each new area. This is because your skin may be more sensitive in some areas and possible side effects can be avoided. Even if you have had laser treatment in a different location before, we will still need to do a patch test, as the technology, circumstances and your condition may have changed since then. If your skin is suitable for laser treatment, we will create your personal treatment plan and make your first laser appointment.
5. How to prepare for laser treatment
For the best results and the most convenient treatment, it is important to follow your doctor’s advice. In this way, you can prepare for laser treatment in the best possible way.
Your doctor will advise you:
- Avoid any tanning. Sun tan, fake tan and sun loungers are equally dangerous if you tan your skin or apply a fake tan before laser treatment. If your skin is tanned, the laser can burn the surface. If all traces of your fake tan are not removed, you may also be at risk.
- Wait at least 4 weeks before receiving laser treatment if your skin is tanned.
- Avoid epilating or epilating before laser hair removal. As these options change the hair growth cycle, the laser is unable to capture hair follicles at the correct stage and reduce hair.
- Do not bleach your hair. The darker the hair follicles, the easier it will be for the laser to see them.
- Before the session, clean the treatment area. Do not use cosmetic creams before the session. You can ask your doctor for baby wipes at the beginning of the session to clean the area as well.
- Make sure you have between 4 and 6 weeks of total hair growth before your first session.
- Shave 24 hours before your laser appointment. NOT on the day of treatment. To learn more about how to shave properly, you can visit our blog.
- Choose a non-perfumed shaving / cleaning product for the bikini area. Otherwise, it can cause irritation.
- Then use a pH-balanced female cleanser to make sure that all shaving cream has been removed. You can find more tips on shaving here.
- Gently exfoliate the bikini area 3-4 days before the session. Do not leave until the last day or after shaving.
- Otherwise, it can irritate your skin.
- Make sure that any excess hair has been removed from the lips and the perianal area.
- Wear loose clothing for your treatment. Make sure your panties are not too tight.
- I prefer cotton underwear.
- Avoid caffeine. This can increase your sensitivity.
- If you have a low pain threshold, you can take a mild pain reliever (not ibuprofen) before the session.
- Some of our customers find chewing gum useful during treatment.
- Try to schedule treatment one week before the week after menstruation.
- Most importantly, relax, you are in good hands.
6. Treatment day arrives
On the day of your treatment, it is important that you arrive at the clinic in time so that your session can be completed in time. Your doctor will receive you in the treatment room. Here you have complete privacy while preparing for your session.
You need to remove the parts on which you are going to do the laser treatment. Your doctor will provide towels for you to cover if necessary. If you are performing laser treatment on more than one area or on your entire body, you may prefer to partially remove each area for added comfort. Your doctor will check that your hair growth is suitable for treatment. Then, clean the treatment area.
8. Markings with a white pen
You will mark the area with a white pencil to ensure that no part is overlooked. Cover blemishes and beauty marks to avoid any negative effects. And if you have tattoos, they cover the sides so that the laser does not go over them.
9. Numbing cream, if required
Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. You will also be offered an anesthetic cream before treatment. But even if you don’t want to use it, you’ll still be fine. Our laser specialists have many years of experience and know how you can feel most comfortable.
Before starting treatment, you must wear special goggles to protect your eyes. You can also sit and close your eyes, if you prefer. It is important that you never look at the laser with the naked eye, as it is very dangerous.
11. Make sure you are comfortable
Your doctor can take a break or take a break during treatment to make sure you are comfortable. You can take advantage of the cold air function of the laser to give your skin extra calming help before and after treating the area. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to treat the area with small spots to make the treatment easier.
12. Correct settings
Your doctor may change the device’s settings during treatment. This aims to adapt the best performance and consistency to the area to be treated. Your specialist will ensure that the area is treated with the most appropriate and necessary settings. This can vary from area to area due to the number of completed sessions, the number of hair follicles or the sensitivity of the skin.
13. Your feedback is important
Your doctor may also need your help in some areas. They can ask them to stay in a specific position or help them during the treatment of some areas, such as during the perianal. You can always ask your doctors questions during treatment. They make you feel as comfortable and ready as possible.
14. Respect your privacy
Your doctor will always respect your privacy during laser treatment. Even if you have a laser treatment on the bikini area, you will always be covered in towels. And your doctor will reveal only the areas that are currently being treated.
15. Immediately after and aloe vera gel
After the treatment, apply the aloe vera gel to the treated areas. Or if you prefer to apply it yourself, get the gel. (You can also buy aloe vera gel at our clinics.) They will ask you how you are feeling and how your session went. They will always make sure that you are happy with the session and that you will not feel uncomfortable after it. And it gives you your privacy to dress.
16. Monitoring progress
Your doctor will also take pictures of the treatment areas to track and record the process. Don’t worry, these images are for processing purposes only and will not be published or shared anywhere without your consent. After recording the details of your treatment, they will help you book your next appointment at the reception. And advice on aftercare.
17. How does the laser feel?
The sensations of the laser vary from person to person and the treatment area. Although some may feel a slight sting, some people do not feel the laser until they hear the beep. Several factors affect the sensation of the laser on sensitive skin. Like hair color, density, skin type and pain threshold. However, you can ensure that the sensation of the laser diminishes after each treatment, as the hair follicles become thinner and lighter and, over time, your body gets used to the sensation.
18. Laser cooling technology
To minimize the sensation, our lasers work with an integrated cooling system. This reduces the possible pain of the laser. Some patients may feel cold during treatment. In this case, tell your doctor and he will take short breaks to make you feel better.
19. Aftercare for laser hair removal
The laser only targets the hair follicle and leaves the surrounding skin intact. However, there are still some rules that you must follow in order not to harm the skin and maintain maximum comfort. Immediately after the session, the doctor will apply the aloe vera gel to the treatment area.
20. The first 24 hours
It is recommended to continue using the gel for the next 2-3 days. Make sure to use it as often as necessary. Redness may appear after the session. It should disappear within 24 hours to a few days. For convenience, you can place an ice pack covered with a clean cloth over your skin.
- Avoid sunlight – even if it is not very likely.
- Avoid using lubricants or chemicals for 24 hours.
- Avoid hot showers, baths and saunas.
It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for the hair follicles to return to the correct stage for the next laser treatment. Inform your doctor about the holidays you plan to attend, the amount of sun exposure you have or may have and the length of time when relevant. At Premier Laser & Skin clinics, we use the latest medical lasers for the best results and comfort. All of our doctors have a lot of experience in this area. So you can be sure that you are in good hands.