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Laser Hair Removal Preparation and Aftercare

Laser hair removal is a popular and effective way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. However, proper preparation and aftercare are crucial for the best results and to minimize any potential side effects. This guide provides all the information you need to ensure your laser hair removal experience is successful and comfortable.

At Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton, we prioritize your safety and satisfaction. Read on to learn more about how to prepare for your treatment and take care of your skin afterward to achieve optimal results.

“Laser hair removal is a transformative procedure that offers long-lasting results. By following proper preparation and aftercare, you can maximize the benefits and enjoy smooth, hair-free skin with minimal discomfort.”

Treatment Timeline, Preparation, and Aftercare

3 Days Before
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds to reduce the risk of burns or pigmentation changes.
  • Shave the Treatment Area: Shave the area to be treated 24-48 hours before your appointment. Avoid waxing, plucking, or threading, as the laser needs the hair root to target.
  • Discontinue Certain Products: Stop using retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) in the treatment area.
  • Check Medications: Inform your practitioner of any medications you're taking, as some can affect your skin's sensitivity to the laser.
0 Days Before (Treatment Day)
  • Clean Skin: Ensure the treatment area is clean, free of makeup, lotions, or deodorant.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing to avoid irritation post-treatment.
  • Consultation: Expect a brief consultation to review your medical history, skin type, and confirm the treatment plan.
Immediately Post Treatment
  • Cooling: Apply a cold compress or ice pack to reduce discomfort and swelling.
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Keep the treated area out of the sun and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Gentle Cleanser: Use a mild, non-irritating cleanser. Recommended options include CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, or Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser.
  • Moisturize: Apply a soothing moisturizer such as CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, or Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream.
  • Avoid Heat: Steer clear of hot showers, saunas, and activities that cause excessive sweating for 24-48 hours.
1 Day Post Treatment
  • Continue Gentle Care: Use a mild cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.
  • Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when exposed to the sun.
  • Avoid Irritation: Refrain from using perfumed products, scrubs, or exfoliants on the treated area.
3 Days Post Treatment
  • Gentle Products: Continue using mild skincare products.
  • Normal Activities: You can resume most activities but still avoid direct sun exposure and use sunscreen diligently.
  • Monitor Skin: Redness and slight swelling are normal; use soothing products if needed.
7 Days Post Treatment
  • Skin Improvement: The treated area should show signs of improvement.
  • Normal Skincare: Resume regular skincare routines, avoiding harsh or irritating products.
  • Follow-Up: Contact your practitioner if you notice any adverse reactions.
14 Days Post Treatment
  • Full Effects: Results of the treatment should be more apparent.
  • Routine Care: Continue with your usual skincare routine and sun protection.
  • Evaluate: Assess the need for additional sessions based on hair regrowth.
3 Months Post Treatment
  • Maintenance: Schedule maintenance treatments if necessary, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart initially, then less frequently as hair regrowth decreases.
  • Long-Term Care: Follow the long-term care recommendations from your practitioner.
  • Monitor: Keep an eye on the treated areas and report any concerns to your practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning products for at least four weeks before your appointment. Shave the treatment area the day before your session. Do not wax, pluck, or use hair removal creams.

It’s best to come to your appointment with clean skin, free of makeup, lotions, and creams. This allows the laser to penetrate the hair follicles more effectively.

Apply a cool compress or soothing aloe vera gel to reduce redness and swelling. Avoid hot showers, saunas, and strenuous activities for 24-48 hours.

Avoid sun exposure and use a high-SPF sunscreen on the treated area. Refrain from using harsh skincare products and opt for gentle, soothing products instead.

Yes, mild redness and swelling are common side effects and usually subside within a few hours to a couple of days. Applying a cool compress can help alleviate these symptoms.

You may notice some hair shedding in the weeks following your treatment. Full results typically become visible after multiple sessions, as hair grows in different cycles.