- It is important that the area being treated NOT BE EXPOSED the sun. A broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher should be applied whenever area to be treated is exposed to the sun. This practice should continue between treatments and following your last treatment for at least 6 weeks. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of skin) can result if treated area is exposed to the sun without sunscreen.
- DO NOT use Retin-A, Renova®, or other retinol products one week prior to laser treatment. Retinol can be irritating and/or drying and can cause adverse skin reactions such as higher risk of burn.
- DO NOT take Accutane (acne medication) for 6 months prior to laser treatment. There is a higher risk of scarring and keloid formation (raised scar).
- DO NOT pluck, tweeze, thread, wax, or use depilatory agents for 3 weeks prior to treatment. Laser hair removal works by focusing beams of light into your hair follicles, destroying the hair follicle during growth.
- DO NOT shave the area of hair removal 24-48 hours prior to treatment. Stubble is needed to visualize the area of treatment.
- DO NOT wear make-up, deodorant, perfumes, or powders on the areas to be treated.
- Inform us if you have a history of oral herpes (fever blisters), as you may need to have a prescription of suppressive therapy prior to treatment, especially for areas of the face.
- We will not perform your laser treatment is you present with a suntan, sunburn, or have used self-tanning cream because of the likelihood of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
We want your treatments to be successful! To achieve your desired results, you should adhere to your treatment plan. Skipping treatments, even when it appears that you have reached your results, can result in a less than adequate outcome. Although laser hair removal is not always permanent, results can last up to 2 years after completion of your proposed sessions. Maintenance sessions may sometimes be needed to keep the area hair-free.