Here’s What You Should Do Before

Shaving leaves unsightly ingrown hairs, and waxing can be painful–but laser hair removal is a permanent solution. While it takes multiple treatments (most only see permanent hair loss after 6 sessions), it is the most effective hair removal process available. If you’re tired of spending money on razors and messy wax kits; laser hair removal may be right for you!

If you decide to consult with an Ottawa cosmetic clinic that offers this service in order to be rid of your unwanted hair for good, there are a few things you should do to prepare your skin for the treatment.

4-5 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

At this point, you should begin preparing your skin for the treatment to ensure optimal results. If you normally wax, tweeze, bleach, or otherwise remove hair on the area receiving treatment, you should cease to do so in the weeks leading up to your treatment.

Preparing well before your treatment can also help you avoid unwanted side effects; if you want your treatment to go smoothly, think ahead! Reduce your exposure to the sun for up to a month before your treatment, and steer clear of synthetic tanners. Having a natural tan or tanning products on your skin can cause damage and skin lightening during the laser hair removal process.

24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

The most common mistake that people make is attending their appointment with a large amount of hair on the area to be treated. This type of hair removal is not designed to remove pre-existing body hair–it ensures that hair will not grow back by slightly damaging the hair follicles, impeding their ability to grow hair.

If you haven’t already done so, most laser hair removal clinics will shave the area to be treated, since longer hair can make the process more painful. The highly concentrated light (the “laser”) will burn the hair, which will singe the surrounding skin. It is best to shave the night before to ensure that unwanted hair does not have time to grow back, and so that your skin is not experiencing increased sensitivity from the razor.

About one day before your treatment, your technician will probably recommend that you shave the areas to be treated. Do not wax or pluck – shave! If the hair on the treated area is too long, the laser will target the existing hair along with the hair follicle beneath the surface, which risks burning the surface hair as well as your skin.

THE DAY OF YOUR TREATMENT

Before heading to your appointment, thoroughly clean the area being treated and resist the urge to apply your usual lotion, make-up, perfume or deodorant (depending on the area to be treated). These substances can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.

You may also want to wear loose-fitting clothing, since your skin may feel a little sensitive following the treatment, and having clothing constantly rubbing against it will be uncomfortable and potentially painful.

FOLLOWING YOUR TREATMENT

Following your treatment, you can expect some redness around the follicle for about 24 hours, so you may want to avoid strenuous activities that could make you sweat during that time. Otherwise, you should be able to return to your regular activities immediately.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to laser hair removal is expecting immediate results, and not returning for subsequent appointments to complete the treatment. You can expect to have 80% or more hair reduction with anywhere between 6 and 10 treatments performed at 4-6 week intervals, so only attending one or two treatments would be a waste of your time and energy.

If you follow these tips, your treatment will go much smoother. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when making your appointment, or to consult your doctor if there are any medical concerns. Once you’ve adequately prepared, you’re ready to say goodbye to your old razors and waxing kits, and to enjoy your silky smooth skin!