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Laser Hair Removal: A Comprehensive Guide To Smooth Skin

Chichi Ogwe • May, 2023

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal: Your Comprehensive Guide

Chichi Ogwe • August, 2023

There are numerous hair removal methods available:

  • Shaving
  • Waxing
  • Plucking
  • Electrolysis removal
  • Threading
  • Sugaring
  • Chemical depilatory
  • Tweezing
  • Using a epilator device
  • Applying hair removal cream
  • Each method has its own pros and cons. One of the common issues with some of these methods is that the results are often short-term and don’t last long.

     However, with laser hair removal – the procedure that involves using a powerful laser or intense pulsed light to remove unwanted hair – there are plenty of benefits and the results tend to be long term.

     Unlike other hair removal methods, laser hair removal guarantees smoother skin and thinner hair regrowth. Because of the effects of the procedure, you don’t need to wait for regrowth and you are likely to avoid the risk of ingrown hairs, cuts, burns and scars. Plus, the procedure doesn’t usually require any downtime. Ultimately, hair removal means you achieve hairless and soft skin for longer!

     If you are considering having a laser hair removal procedure, then here are some of our top tips on how to prep for laser hair removal.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
  • 2. What to Expect on the Day: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough
  • 3. Evertone IPL Hair Removal device
  • 4. FAQs
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  • 1. How Does Radio Frequency Cellulite Treatment Work?
  • 2. Potential Side Effects Of Radiofrequency Cellulite Treatments
  • 3. Evertone Anti-Cellulite Routine
  • 4. FAQ For Radiofrequency For Cellulite
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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Before proceeding with a laser hair removal procedure, it’s important to embark on laser hair removal prep and aftercare to reduce the likelihood of side effects occurring. Possible side effects include swelling, redness, discomfort, blistering, infections, scarring and skin lightening or darkening.

Here are some helpful tips on what to do before laser hair removal.

Avoid sun exposure
To reduce the risk of burning, avoid the sun and don’t sunbathe or go on tanning beds before the procedure. To take extra precaution, make sure you wear sunscreen with a high SPF for at least a week prior to the laser hair session.

Clean the skin
Cleanse your skin on the day of your laser hair removal session and exfoliate at least three days before. This is to ensure that your hair follicles are free from dirt, oil or makeup. When cleansing, use products with gentle and delicate ingredients to avoid irritating the skin.

Wear comfortable clothing
Wear loose fitting clothing, or clothes that expose the area (e.g. shorts) so that you feel comfortable after the treatment. Avoid tight or abrasive clothing items (e.g. skinny jeans.)

Have a laser hair removal consultation prior to the session
Before embarking on a laser hair removal procedure, you should have a consultation so that the dermatologist or medical expert can establish your health and needs.

Don’t wax, epilate or pluck
You can clean and shave the areas of the skin due to be treated, but you should not use an epilator, or wax or pluck any hairs from the root because the root is required for the laser to work effectively.

Avoid caffeine
Caffeine makes your skin more sensitive and can make it harder for you to relax during the procedure. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks beforehand.

What to Expect on the Day: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Here’s a step-by-step guide of the laser hair removal procedure.

First step
Right before the procedure begins, you will be given the option of receiving a topical anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort that you may experience during the treatment. This is particularly important if the laser will be applied to sensitive areas, such as the underarms. You will also be given eye protection and a cooling gel to reduce side effects on the skin.

Second step
A typical laser hair removal appointment will take between 15 and 60 minutes.

Third step
During the procedure, the dermatologist will apply the laser device in the treatment area and you may experience a little bit of discomfort. The laser will feel like a light rubber band snapping against the skin, but this sensation is minimal and doesn’t last long.

Once the procedure is complete
After a laser hair removal appointment, no downtime is usually required, so you can resume normal activities. If this is the first time you’ve ever experienced laser hair removal, you’ll probably receive anti-inflammatory products to use afterwards, because after your first time, your skin is likely to feel sensitive.

Evertone IPL Hair Removal device

While it’s normally best to see a medical professional for laser hair removal treatment, some people still prefer a DIY approach at home – and we’ve got the right device for that! With our Evertone IPL Hair Removal device, you can get rid of unwanted hairs on your body and achieve smooth skin and permanent results at home in four 45-minute sessions.

FAQs About Laser Hair Removal

Is laser hair removal safe for all skin types?

Yes! As long as your treatment area isn’t actively irritated or experiencing a rash, laser hair removal is perfectly safe even for sensitive skin.

How many sessions are needed for optimal results?

For the best results, most patients need between two to six laser treatment sessions over the course of a few months.

Can I shave between laser hair removal sessions?

Yes – you can shave between each laser session, but because laser hair removal procedures tend to make the hairs finer and thinner, you might not need to shave as much.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal preparation is essential. You must avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds, clean and exfoliate the skin, wear comfortable clothing, have a consultation with a dermatologist, don’t use an epilator, avoid plucking and waxing and don’t drink caffeine.

 Are the results of laser hair removal permanent?

After a few sessions, many patients can enjoy long-lasting results for months and years. Also, the hair becomes less noticeable over time.

What are the do’s and don’ts of laser hair removal?

The most important thing to do is to prepare before a laser hair removal session. Lack of preparation before laser hair removal can cause side effects. Also, a consultation beforehand is necessary.

What must I do after getting laser hair removal?

After a laser hair removal procedure, you must avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds. Also, you must follow any aftercare instructions given to you by your dermatologist. This is to prevent side effects. If you experience redness and swelling after the procedure, apply a cool compress.

Is there any downtime after laser hair removal treatment?

No – laser hair removal normally doesn’t require any downtime, so you’ll be able to resume normal activities.

Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.

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Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.