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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal3 min read

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Melanie Schwarz is a registered nurse who works closely with each of our patients to provide the quality treatment they deserve for optimal results.

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Body hair removal prep can often be a process full of hurdles to jump, and if you are considering laser hair removal you’re probably wondering what preparations are required.

You can set your mind at ease: not only is the prep for laser hair removal minimal and simple, we’ll cover everything you need to know right here. Here are the answers to some of the top question asked about how to prepare for laser hair removal.

Should You Shave Before Your Laser Hair Removal?

Unlike waxing, laser hair removal does not need a long hair follicle to remove the undesired hairs; in fact, laser hair removal is safer and more effective when you have shaved the area prior to your procedure. This means you are not required to “grow out” your body hair over the course of the weeks or month prior to your hair removal. For many, the grow-out phase can be incredibly uncomfortable and cause self-consciousness, so being able to avoid that painfully dragged out step is a huge plus for laser hair removal.

Should You Stop Waxing and Plucking?

Yes! Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment located in the hair’s root, and if the roots aren’t there, they will not be effectively removed. Because waxing or plucking removes the hairs from the root up, it is best to stay away from those types of your procedures for six weeks prior to your laser hair removal.

Will Insurance Cover Laser Hair Removal?

Because laser hair removal is considered to be a cosmetic or aesthetic procedure, it is generally not covered by most insurance providers. It’s worth it to chat with your insurance agent to see what their policy is on laser hair removal. To make laser hair removal more affordable, speak to your doctor and ask about any specials or promotions they may be running. Some doctors offer discounts to clients receiving treatment in multiple areas, or on multiple sessions.

Do You Need to Skip the Sun before Your Laser Hair Removal?

Sun-damaged skin is not able to receive laser treatments. The sensitive skin could possibly become pigmented by the lasers during the hair removal, or simply be extremely uncomfortable during the procedure. It is recommended to avoid excessive sun exposure in the two weeks leading up to your laser hair removal, and to be vigilant about your application of sunscreen.

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Can You Work Out Before Your Laser Hair Removal?

You don’t need to stress about disrupting your regularly scheduled exercise program before your laser hair removal! In the first few days following your procedure working out will cause some discomfort; the recovery time is minimal and you will be back in business before you know it!

Do You Need to Come with Clean Skin?

It is important to go in to your laser hair removal with clean skin that has no lotions or creams on it. Make-up, serums, deodorants, or lotions can interfere with or react to the lasers that will be used during your hair removal. This means that when getting ready for your laser hair removal, it is important to refrain from any topical applications.

Ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair?

Getting ready for your laser hair removals is an extremely straightforward and easy process! Get ready to say goodbye to razors and the hours spent battling body hair, and experience laser hair removal with confidence today!

During the stay at home order, we invite you to schedule a VIRTUAL consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to learn how you can stay home AND stay beautiful. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.

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