Preparing for Laser Hair Removal: 3 Important Steps (Updated 2024)

Dr. Kevin Johnson’s Advanced Aesthetics
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For many people, laser hair removal does more than just reduce unwanted hair. It eliminates their self-consciousness—which is why so many people choose this procedure before a major event.

In the midst of an important occasion, shaving or waxing is the last thing you want to worry about. Laser hair removal provides peace of mind. With smooth, soft skin, you can focus on and enjoy the experience rather than feeling self-conscious about your appearance.

Like any procedure, though, preparing for laser hair removal is essential. Here are some suggestions I typically recommend for my patients:

1. Skip sun tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment.

Sun exposure or sunless tanning products may increase the chances of skin discoloration after laser hair removal. Be sure to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or greater if you plan to be outdoors. If you are currently tanning or sunburned, it’s best to wait until the tan completely fades before treatment.

2. Don’t use glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids for 1 to 2 weeks before treatment.

Chemical exfoliating agents can cause an increased sensitivity to the laser’s energy and should be discontinued 1 to 2 weeks before treatment. You should continue to refrain from using these products for about 1 week after treatment.

3. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen & other anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medications.

Some medications can make the skin more prone to irritation, which is why you should discuss all current prescriptions with your provider prior to treatment. Other drugs that may interfere with laser hair removal include certain dietary supplements and some types of antibiotics.

With a little planning, your can ensure your treatment is as successful as possible. If you still have questions about laser hair reduction, check out our related blog post.

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