HideShow Header

Laser Hair Removal

Patient Instructions Pre & Post Treatment
  1. Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
  2. Hair must be shaved in the treatment area 12–24 hours prior to any hair removal procedure.
  3. You MUST avoid bleaching, plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment.
  4. If you have had a history of perioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be started the day before treatment and continued one week after treatment.
  5. For Facial laser treaments treatments patients. If you have not shave your face before is preferable to trim.
  6. No antibiotics (2 weeks before and after treatment).


  1. Immediately after treatment, there will be erythema (redness) and follicular edema (swelling) at the treatment site. These expected side effects may last up to 2 hours, or up to 2–3 days in some cases. The treated area will feel like a sunburn for a few hours after treatment. The application of ice during the first few hours after treatment will reduce the discomfort and swelling that may be experienced.
  2. Darker pigmented people may have more discomfort than lighter skin people and may require aloe vera gel or ice after treatment. Hydrocortisone cream is also used when appropriate for comfort and resolution of symptoms.
  3. Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment.
  4. Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation or darker pigmentation. Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater) at all times throughout the course of treatment. If you are going on a sunning trip, you should wait at least 4 weeks between your trip and your next treatment.
  5. Avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. Do not use any other hair removal treatment products or similar treatments (waxing, electrolysis or tweezing) that will disturb the hair follicle on the treatment area for 4–6 weeks after the laser treatment is performed. Shaving or clipping is fine.
  6. Call your physician office with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment. Hair regrowth occurs at different rates on different areas of the body. New hair growth will not occur for AT LEAST three weeks after treatment. Re-treatment is recommended in 4 weeks for any areas above the collar bone, and 6–8 weeks for areas below the collar bone.
  7. Anywhere from 5–14 days after treatment, shedding of the surface hairmay occur and this appears as new hair growth. This is NOT new hair growth. You can clean and remove the hair by washing or wiping the area with a wet cloth.
  8. After the axillae are treated, use a powder, instead of deodorant, for 24 hours after the treatment to reduce skin irritation.
  9. There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently, as if you have a sunburn, for the first 24 hours.