Before the Treatment
- Avoid sun exposure at least two weeks before and after the laser hair removal procedure. Irritated skin is more prone to injury and hypo-pigmentation.
- Stop using any topical medications two weeks before treatment.
- Avoid threading, waxing, plucking, or bleaching the hair for a month prior to laser hair removal.
- Keep the affected area shaved and free of any cosmetic products on the day of the laser treatment.
- Inform the med spa treatment provider about any specific past or present health issues, habits or concerns as a part of medical history.
- Provide details about any prescription or general medications and herbal supplements that you may be taking, including those purchased from a chemist.
After the Treatment. Keep the treated area clean and dry for best results.
- You may use a topical soothing skin care cream or gel following the treatment. If the area continues to feel hot, you can apply a cold pack at home. However, do not let ice packs or ice come in direct contact with the skin.
- You may take anti-histamine drugs as per the doctor’s advice in case your skin is particularly sensitive and susceptible to histamine reactions.
- Avoid using makeup that contains too many chemicals because it may restrict the breathing of the skin.
- Do not scratch or pick the treated area.
- Between the laser treatment sessions, do not use waxing, threading, plucking or lotions because it will disturb the hair follicle. Shaving is acceptable.
- Avoid sun exposure to minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation. Apply a sunscreen of minimum SPF 30 throughout the course of treatment.
- In the weeks following the treatment, the treated hair will shed. This is in the normal course, and you can simply clean and remove the hair by wiping the area with a wet cloth.
- Following the underarm hair removal, apply medicated powder instead of a deodorant for at least 24 hours to reduce skin irritation.
- Avoid very hot bath or shower and steam or sauna for about one week. Normal bathing is acceptable.
- Avoid swimming in strongly chlorinated water for about one week.
- Skin exfoliation, chemical peels and procedures such as microdermabrasion should be avoided for at least a week or performed under the advice of a therapist.