Most hair removal methods take time and have to be repeated for the rest of your life. However, laser hair removal requires 8-12 treatments over a few months and the results can be permanent. This method uses light to destroy hair follicles, preventing future hair growth. As you search for a laser hair removal spa Manhattan, you should start your treatment preparation.

2 Weeks Prior

Keep sun off of any area you plan to have laser treated. You don’t want your skin to already be damaged by the sun when you go in for your hair removal. This could cause burns and other irritation.

Avoid getting chemical peels or fake tanning products 2 weeks prior to your treatment.

1 Week Prior

Share all your prescriptions with your dermatologist. Some medications are photosensitive and can result in skin damage if they are not stopped 1 week prior to laser treatments. Also, let your doctor or technician know if you have any infections and consider moving your treatment out to after the infection is healed.

2 Days Prior

Stop using skin products with retinol and glycolic acid, and do not use scrubs within 2 days of your laser hair removal treatment. You may add moisturizers to prepare your skin, but check the ingredients.

Day Of

Before you attend your appointment, shave the areas you want treated. Although many spas and medical facilities will do a little shaving to clean up small areas you my have missed, they typically won’t shave you completely.

Also, remove all your makeup and any other products you have on the treatment area. Leaving makeup on your face can cause burns and temporary skin discolorations.

24 Hours After Treatment

Avoid hot showers, saunas and going to the gym for at least 24 hours after treatment. The heat in these activities encourages bacteria growth and can exacerbate already irritated skin. Be sure to apply sunscreen in case you are in the sun.

If you want to get rid of your unwanted hair permanently, consult a laser hair treatment specialist and dermatologist for details.