Laser – Pre and post care

Ensuring the proper care leading up to, and immediately after your treatments is vital. To get the best possible result and for your safety, please follow the care instructions listed below.


Avoid Sun Exposure – The area to be treated should not be exposed to sunlight or to tanning booth light for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.

Self Tanning Products – The use of self-tanning skin products must be discontinued one week before treatment. Any residual self-tanner should be removed.

Topical Medications – Avoid applying any topical medications or skincare on the treatment area that may cause sensitivity for 3-5 days before your appointment.

Hair Removal Methods – You must avoid waxing, tweezing, or bleaching hair for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. The melanin-containing hair must be present in the follicle as it is the “target” for laser light.

Shave Before – Area should be shaved 24-48 hours before treatment with minimal stubble showing.

Skin Cleanliness – Your skin should be completely clean and dry prior to treatment. Remove or omit application of any skin care products on the day of treatment.

Herpes Simplex Virus – Clients with a history of Herpes Simplex Virus may begin prophylactic antiviral medication before treatment if recommended by your physician.

Bleaching Regimen – If you have a tan or darker skin type, a bleaching regimen can be started 4-6 weeks before treatment. (This is not required for darker skin types as our laser machine can treat all skin types.)

Test Spot – Test spot treatments are recommended for darker skin types as they are more likely to experience hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.


Redness – Redness may last from 2 hours up to several days following treatment.

Cool compresses – Cold gel packs, or a soothing skin care product such as aloe vera gel may be applied after treatment.

Sun Exposure – Avoid sun exposure and use a sunblock (SPF 30+) after and during the course of treatments.

Sensitive Skin – You may have some swelling or itching post treatment.

Exercise & Physical Activity – Avoid excessive exercise, hot tubs, or any temperature raising activities for 24 hours. Treat the skin gently as if you have a mild sunburn.

Skin Care – You may re-apply make-up or deodorant after treatment if the skin does not feel too irritated. You may wish to use a powder instead of deodorant for the first 24 hours to reduce irritation. Wait a few days before resuming any topical medications or skin care products that cause sensitivity.

Hair Removal Methods – NO tweezing, waxing, or any other hair removal methods/products besides shaving are to be used during the course of treatments. Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin.

Hair Shedding – Hair will start to shed at around 2-3 weeks post treatment. You can shave or use a washcloth to gently exfoliate the hairs.

Hair Regrowth – Return to the salon or call for an appointment at the first sign of the return of hair growth. This may be within 4-6 weeks for the upper body and possibly as long as 2-3 months for the lower body. New hair growth will not occur for at least three weeks after treatment.

Rare Possibility of Blistering – If blistering occurs inform the salon and allow natural healing process (topical antibiotic ointment is recommended). If blistering is severe please see your physician.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pre or post care instructions, please contact us. We are here to help.