Instructions for Laser Hair Removal
·Avoid waxing, tweezing, electrolysis or bleaching hair for (10) days immediately before your treatment. If you are waxing we recommend that you discontinue while you are undergoing laser hair removal treatments. If you absolutely need to wax for a special event and cannot wait for the hair to fall out then please do so within (3) days after your laser treatment.
·Refrain completely from sunbathing for a minimum of two weeks before and one week after. Darkly pigmented skin may absorb a portion of the energy that should be striking the hair follicle, which will impact the desired result. If you should be exposed to strong sunlight for any length of time during your treatment schedule, wear tightly woven fabrics that will protect the treatment area from exposure to the sun.
·Keep in mind that overly dry skin may diminish the efficiency of laser treatments. Please keep the area to be treated and surrounding areas moisturized at all times. However, on the day of treatment, DO NOT use moisturizer or apply oil of any kind to any area that will be treated.
· If your upper lip or chin is being treated, we may start you on anti-viral therapy (Valtrex or Famvir) to prevent a herpes (cold sore) infection, starting one day before your treatment and continuing for 7 days total.
·Shave the area 1-2 days prior to the day of your visit. If you have not shaved there will be a $25.00 shaving fee for any areas that need to be prepped by your treating RN.
·For any area needing medically prescribed numbing cream there will be a $10.00 fee collected at the time of service.
During the Procedure
· You will feel some stinging and burning during the procedure. This is actually mild and very tolerable. Topical anesthesia is offered but is usually not necessary.
·To protect your eyes from the laser it is necessary to wear protective eyewear while being treated. Contact lens should be removed.
·Immediately after treatment there may be some redness and swelling at the treatment site. This may last for several hours or days.
· No special skin care is usually necessary. For itching or discomfort apply Aquafor or Hydrocortisone 1% cream over the area as often as desired. Bathe normally patting the area. DO NOT RUB. Tylenol and cold compress may also be used if desired. If blistering or crusting should occur DO NOT PICK the area. Apply an antibiotic ointment and let it heal naturally.
·Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment. Use new makeup or Mineral makeup to avoid the possibility of infection.
·Avoid sun exposure just prior to a treatment, as we cannot treat sunburned skin.