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Laser Hair Removal Pre & Post Care Instructions
The area to be treated must be clean-shaven. Unshaven patients will be rescheduled.
Avoid UV exposure 10 days prior to your treatment.
Patients who are sunburned or tanned must wait 2 weeks before being treated to avoid additional skin damage.
Avoid sunless tanning products 3 weeks prior to your treatment. It is recommended that you exfoliate the area to remove any residual color.
Patients should come to appointments with clean skin in the area to be treated. All clients who are treating any part of their face or neck will be required to cleanse their entire face in the clinic.
Avoid chemical peels and other laser procedures in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior and two weeks after your laser treatment.
Avoid all alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl products (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinols/retinoid, Tazorac, and Differin for 7 days before treatment.
Patients with any abnormal lesions, moles, or spots on the area to be treated must be cleared by a medical practitioner prior to treatment.
Patients must stop waxing, tweezing and chemical epilation 3 weeks prior to treatment.
If you are prone to cold sores, it is highly recommended to take an anti-viral medication (such as Valtrex) prior to your treatment. Patients with active cold sores will not be treated.
Patients who have used Accutane or similar products within the last 6 months CANNOT have laser hair removal treatments.
Patients should not perform any physical activity that increases body temperature or blood pressure within 2 hours before and after treatments.
If you have Botox or dermal fillers in the area to be treated, wait 14 days both before and after injection to receive treatments.
Antibiotics may increase photosensitivity. We recommend that you check with your physician prior to receiving laser treatments if you are taking a long-term antibiotic. If you become ill and begin taking an antibiotic, you will need to be off the medication for 7 days before laser treatment.
Boots may not be worn immediately after leg treatments.
Avoid extended UV exposure for 7 days post-treatment.
If blisters occur, do not puncture. If skin is broken, apply an antibiotic ointment until healed.
Tylenol is recommended for post-treatment discomfort.
Over the counter medication is recommended for post treatment discomfort. You may also apply Restorative Gel (highest recommended), cool towels, ice packs or aloe vera to alleviate discomfort due to heat.
Avoid using seat warmers immediately after treatment.
Avoid any additional laser treatments or chemical procedures on the treated area for at least 2 weeks post- treatment or until healing has occurred.
Using a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher is critical when receiving laser treatments and is recommended ongoing for maintenance.
If you experience any side effects, such as hypo- or hyper-pigmentation, prolonged redness or swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, call or come in for instructions on treatment.
To achieve the best results, complete the full treatment schedule at the intervals recommended by your technician.
Exfoliate treated areas to minimize the risk of ingrown hairs.
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