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If you’re tired of waxing or suffering from unwanted razor nicks, laser hair removal might be the holy grail that solves all your fuzz-related problems. This popular procedure helps you achieve flawless, smooth, hair-free skin. If you’re considering this popular treatment, you might be wondering how to prepare for laser hair removal. Learning about the treatment’s benefits and limitations is crucial to safeguard yourself from unnecessary complications and achieve optimal results. To help you start your journey, we’ve created this handy guide on everything you need to know about preparing for laser hair removal.

How to prepare and what to do before laser hair removal

Before you learn what to do before laser hair removal and how to prepare for laser hair removal, it’s important to know what laser hair removal is. In short, it is a treatment that uses a concentrated beam of light to target and destroy the pigment in your hair follicles to prevent further growth. A trained beauty therapist should always perform this treatment for the best results.

Before you make your appointment, you should do a few things to prepare to ensure the best possible outcome. Follow these simple tips while preparing for laser hair removal:

  • Do not wax or tweeze before your treatment, as these processes rip hair from the root. The beam must act directly on the follicle for laser removal to be effective.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before your appointment, as sunlight can trigger the production of melanin which might interfere with the efficacy of the treatment. Winter is the best time to do it!
  • One week before your laser hair removal, discontinue using skincare products containing harsh actives such as retinoids and glycolic acid.
  • If you’re on birth control, acne treatments, blood thinners or prescription medication, consult your medical practitioner before starting the treatment. Some medications can increase skin sensitivity.
  • Shave the treatment area right before your appointment. This will help the laser device to penetrate the skin more easily.
  • Avoid applying oils, fake tans or lotions to the treatment area before your appointment. Bare-skinned is the best way to go.

Laser hair removal aftercare

Aftercare following laser hair removal is an essential part of preparing for laser hair removal and obtaining the longest-lasting results.

  • Immediately after the treatment, avoid sun exposure.
  • Soothe skin with our EvolveMD Laser Soothe Gel. Avoid using lotions, moistures or oils such as coconut oil as these products will seal your skin and trap heat, causing infections and irritation.
  • The treated area will be sensitive, so avoid hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms for the next 24 hours.
  • In the days following your treatment, avoid shaving or waxing, as this can irritate the skin and prevents the destroyed hair follicle from naturally falling out and interrupting the hair removal process. Shaving also stimulates hair growth.
  • Refrain from using harsh exfoliants, retinoids or scrubs around or on the treated area. Instead, focus on gentle cleansing and moisturising to maintain healthy skin.
  • Do not apply tanning lotions, deodorants or fragrances to the treated area.

Experience smooth, ready-for-anything skin at Evolution Laser Clinic

At Evolution Laser Clinic, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of all things regarding laser hair removal. Using the latest medical grade equipment and devices, we ensure you get the safest and most cost-effective, long-lasting results. If you’re interested in getting laser hair removal or would like to learn more about how to prepare for laser hair removal, please contact us or book an appointment today!


How long does laser hair removal last?

The answer depends on several factors, including the type of laser used, the size of the treatment area, and the individual’s hormones and hair type. However, most laser hair removal treatments provide long-lasting results, with many patients seeing a significant reduction in hair growth after just a few sessions. For some, the results may even be permanent.

Why shouldn’t you exercise after laser hair removal?

Exercise can cause sweating, which can irritate the skin and delay healing. In addition, it can be difficult to keep the treatment area clean when you are sweating. Before exercising, it is generally advised to wait at least 24 hours after treatment. This gives the skin time to heal and makes it less likely that you will experience side effects such as redness, swelling, and blistering.

How long between laser hair removal sessions?

Generally speaking, most people will need between 10-12 sessions spaced four to eight weeks apart to see significant results. Some may need more sessions, while others may only need a few or one-off top-ups.

Why can’t you tan before laser hair removal?

When preparing for laser hair removal, it’s important to avoid sun exposure. This is because tanning can make the skin more sensitive to laser light. As a result, you may end up with an uneven skin tone. In addition, tanning can increase the risk of side effects, such as blistering and hyperpigmentation.

Can you get laser hair removal when pregnant?

Although laser hair removal is generally considered safe, many healthcare providers advise against getting laser hair removal while you’re pregnant.

Can you get laser hair removal over tattoos?

Tattoos work by injecting pigment into the skin, which can interfere with the laser beam and cause complications. Therefore it’s not advisable to get laser removal over your tattoos.

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