How to Prepare for Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment

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Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to eliminate the need for shaving, plucking, waxing, and other uncomfortable methods of getting rid of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal can treat your underarms, back, chest, legs, and arms without damaging your skin.

Before you come to Vino Med Spa for your first laser hair appointment, here are a few ways to make your appointment go smoother and ensure optimal results. Your provider will give you more detailed instructions during your consultation, but these tips can help you prepare for your first treatment.

Be honest about your medical history

Some medications and medical conditions can interfere with your laser hair removal success. Be upfront and honest about your medical history and provide a list of current medications you’re taking so your provider can ensure laser treatments are a safe option for you.

Avoid sunlight in the treatment area

For at least a month before your treatment, you should keep the soon-to-be-treated area out of the sun. Treatments are not effective on sunburned skin, and even a fresh tan can interfere with your results. If you’re looking for a hair-free summer, consider starting your treatments in late winter or early spring.

You also need to avoid tanning beds, spray tanning, and tanning lotions before a laser treatment.

Have realistic expectations

While laser hair removal can certainly provide you with amazing results, the reality is that you will likely need several treatments to achieve your goal. Any hair follicles that are inactive during treatment won’t be destroyed.

Follow-up treatments are necessary to target all follicles in their active growth phase and ensure satisfactory, long-term results.

Shave the day before

If you’ve been waxing in the past, you likely grew out your hair for the occasion. With laser hair removal treatments, the laser energy targets the pigment within your hair follicle. You should shave a day before your treatment, but don’t wax. In order for the treatment to be effective, the hair follicle must be intact.

Schedule your time wisely

While the hair removal process is relatively quick and painless, treatment time does depend on the size of the area being treated, your skin type, and the coarseness of your hair.

Your provider can discuss how long you can expect treatment to last during your consultation. Be prepared to schedule an hour or more for your visit, as well as some downtime after your appointment to relax and let your skin heal.

Understand some may find treatment a tad uncomfortable

While laser hair removal treatments won’t leave you in excruciating pain, there will be some discomfort involved. Most people report that the laser energy feels like someone is snapping a rubber band repeatedly against their skin.

This sensation is normal, and any pain can be prevented with a topical numbing agent before the procedure starts. The staff at Vino Med Spa makes your comfort a priority.

Be ready for your post-treatment regime

While the treatment area will heal on its own in just a few days, you will have some limitations after treatment.

In addition to continuing to avoid direct sun exposure to the treatment area, you need to also use high-quality sunscreen daily. A good moisturizer with adequate SPF protection can help alleviate dry, flaky skin while protecting you from harmful UV rays.

You also need to avoid deodorants and perfumes for the first 48 hours after treatment. You can take showers using lukewarm water for the first week but avoid hot showers. Your provider discusses any other limitations based on your specific needs during your consultation appointment.

Now that you’re ready for your first laser hair removal appointment, call Vino Med Spa directly or book an appointment online.

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