How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Posted in Laser Hair Removal | February 14, 2015

Laser Hair RemovalDon’t you get sick of having to remove unwanted hair by shaving, waxing, and plucking week in and week out? The solution is laser hair removal. This cosmetic treatment has grown more and more popular because of its enduring results.

Once you choose an experienced provider, here’s how you can prepare for your upcoming procedure.

  1. Say no to tanning.
    Tanning should be avoided for at least one month before your laser hair removal procedure. It is also best to apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 in case you need to go outdoors. Do so especially in areas where hair is to be removed. Why? The laser works more effectively where there is good contrast between the hair color and the skin color; darker skin makes it harder to differentiate between the hair and the skin.
  2. Say goodbye to waxing.
    Four weeks before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment, do not wax or even pluck those unwanted hairs. Also avoid bleaching the hair before the procedure, as these can impact the effectiveness of the treatment. Why? First, the laser will heat the hair follicles, making them close down and eventually stop producing hair. So, if you pull out hair by the roots, the laser can’t target the follicle. Second, the laser finds dark hair better than light-colored hair. You can still shave, however, because shaving doesn’t affect the roots.
  3. Shave the area to be treated.
    A day or two before your treatment, you may be asked to shave the area you wish to be treated. This is to avoid having painful sensations during the procedure.

Get the flawless skin you’ve always wanted with laser hair removal. Call us today at 541-330-0900 to schedule your appointment at Deschutes Dermatology Center.


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