Laser hair removal is a totally different concept to any other traditional hair removal methods with its own set of rules to safe guide your treatment; while giving you outstanding results. Although at first it sounds very medical, the treatment is a lot more straight forward than you’d think. And if you know what not to do before laser hair removal, you can rest assured the risks involved are very minimal. And rare in occurrence. Except when of course safety protocols are being ignored.
But we’re here to guide you through your life changing hair removal journey. And not only offer you safe but very effective treatments.
What not to do before laser hair removal?
- Never undergo laser without a patch test. Patch tests are strictly part of the protocols set out by the laser provider and are in place to indicate whether your skin is suitable for laser. No matter how experienced the practitioner is and what they tell you otherwise; the lack of patch test is the biggest red flag. And you should run!
- Expose the areas you’re treating to sunlight/sun beds. If you’ve been doing so, a new patch test is required to confirm that the treatment is safe to resume. If you’ve a lighter skin tone you should wait at least 6 weeks or with darker skin tone at least 4 weeks after the last sun exposure and before you can test your skin again. As inconvenient as it is, it would be much worse if your skin reacted and you end up with unwanted burns, pigmentation or permanent scarring. This is also includes the use of tanning products that should be fully removed and your skin exfoliated before the treatment can resume.
- Skip shaving. In order to ensure that your treatment is successful you need your hair in tact with the follicle but under the skin’s surface level.
- Wax, epilate or use tweezers. These will remove your follicles and so the laser will not be effective
- Fail to inform your practitioner of any changes in your medical history / new medications. Certain antibiotics, medication and conditions may trigger photosensitivity increasing the risk of an adverse reaction. In these cases please discuss with your practitioner who can safe guide and check for such contra indications.
Although medical protocols may seem inconvenient at times, they are in place to ensure a safe treatment for you.
If you have further questions or unsure whether your treatment is safe to resume, why not contact my expert team for further guidance?
How to book your consultation and what happens during your first visit?
As the first step of your hair removal journey at Skin Perfection London, we request that you attend a no obligations consultation and skin test. Firstly, this gives you the opportunity to learn more about the process. How does laser hair removal work? Why is it effective?
How many treatments you need? What’s the best laser for your skin type? How to prepare your skin for the treatment? And what to be aware of before undergoing laser hair removal. Finally to confirm suitability we’ll carry out a quick patch test.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at SP. Our highly trained and skilled aesthetic practitioners have many years of experience, so you can be confident you’re in the best hands. And, you can be sure, you’ll always have a stress-free relaxing experience.