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.

Preparing for Your Procedure

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 in Ottawa 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.

You should also avoid plucking, tweezing or waxing for two to three weeks before your appointment for the same reason–having irritated or sensitive skin will make the treatment more painful than it has to be.

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.

On the day of your appointment, thoroughly clean the area being treated, and do not apply any lotions. 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.

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!