Pre and Post-Treatment Patient Instructions
You are to refrain from bleaching, tweezing or waxing of the area to be treated for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to treatment.
Prior to Treatment
- Do not pluck, wax, thread, tweeze or undergo electrolysis in the areas you wish to have treated for 4 weeks prior to laser hair removal.
- Shaving, bleaching or using a depilatory such as Nair may be done prior to treatment.
- For better results, patients are to avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and self-tanning creams. Do not tan the areas to be treated for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment, and throughout the course of your treatment. A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun block with an SPF of 30 or greater should be applied to the area(s) to be treated whenever exposed to the sun. However, if sun exposure is not avoidable, a reduced energy fluence may be used for your treatment, and in this case treatment sessions need to be increased. Very recent sun exposure may result in the cancellation of your treatment.
- If it is your FIRST treatment, leave about three days hair growth in the area being treated, so we can take photographs to document the success of your treatments, and to record hair density. You may shave the area being treated before your scheduled appointment time if it is your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc., treatment.
- Topical anesthetics, such as Maxilene 5% is highly recommended prior to laser treatment for most areas being treated, and especially high hair density areas such as bikini lines. Apply Maxilene 5% about 1/8 inches thick to the area (like icing a cake) approximately 30min to 1 hour prior to treatment, and cover with an occlusive covering such as saran wrap. This keeps the cream moist and effective. You can tape around the edges of the saran to secure and keep in place. Your technician will remove the saran. If treating smaller areas such as facial areas or underarms, we recommend purchasing a 15 gram tube to complete the course of your treatments, and at least 2 if treating bikini areas, lower legs back, etc. Maxilene 5% in 15 gram and 30 gram sizes can be purchased at the spa for your convenience. Please speak to your technician about using any topical creams such as EMLA or Maxilene. Do not apply more than 1 tube on your body at any given time.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable and washable clothing.
- For comfort and pain relief, you may take regular strength Tylenol if prescribed by your Physician, and if this does not interfere with any other medications you may be taking.
- You may bring washcloths with you before your treatment, so that you may apply these cold to the treated area if you have a long distance from home after your treatment. (facial areas).
- Some redness, swelling and a mild sunburn sensation should be noticed in the treatment area for up to 2 hours after treatment. Clients should not feel any significant discomfort after treatment.
- Apply a Vitamin E Gel or Aloe Vera Gel to the treated area twice a day for 5 to 7 days after treatment, or until the “sunburned” feeling has subsided. Gently clean area twice daily.
- Ointment can be applied to the area to prevent drying and crusting. If crusting develops it should be allowed to fall off naturally (no picking). Polysporin or Fucidin HC are highly recommended, however a prescription is needed for Fucidin HC.
- You may apply cold compresses to the area to reduce any redness and swelling. Do not use chemical cold packs. Post treatment cooling is highly recommended for darker skins.
- Apply sunscreen for 6 weeks over the treated area, and throughout the course of your laser treatments. A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun block with a minimum SPF 30 must be applied 15 minutes prior to casual sun exposure, and prolonged sun exposure requires repeated applications every 2 hours, and also reapplied after swimming.
- Avoid perfumes, strong soaps, makeup and deodorants to the treatment area until the stinging and redness has subsided. Avoid hot baths and hot tubs and also working out for 24 hours after treatment. Avoid any facial irritants such as glycolic, retinoid creams, chemical peels, microdermabrasion etc., for 7 days after treatment.
- Do not pluck or wax after your treatment. Hair should appear to grow for several days post treatment as the hair is being extruded. Hair should spontaneously fall out approximately day 4-14. Shaving of the area is allowed between laser treatments as necessary. Please allow 3 days post laser treatment to begin shaving.
- Blistering can occur during the first 3 days following treatment. The areas should be kept clean and treated with care. If an open area or blister develops, use a topical antibiotic ointment, like Polysporin or Fucidin HC, keeping it moist until area has healed. For facial areas that blistered, use extreme caution when applying or removing makeup. Rough removal of makeup can increase the incidence of post treatment complications.
- When bathing, if the treated area is irritated, do not rub with a face cloth or towel. The area should be patted dry.
- Pustules or pimples may develop in the first few days following treatment. The areas should be kept clean and treated with care. Avoid excessive sweating.
- Histamine/Hives: some patients develop raised papules similar to hives. This irritation usually subsides in a few hours.
- With bikini areas, panty elastic at the leg should be avoided for several days after treatment. The irritation of the elastic can lead to rash or blistering.