How Should You Prepare For Laser Hair Removal?

Eugene Mandrea, MD
Article by
Chicago Dermatologist

Laser hair removal is a procedure that should not be undertaken without a proper examination of the risks, costs and benefits. More precisely, you should make sure you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. The first step you must take is a discussion with your doctor. That initial informal meeting should include a review of you medical history.


Before undergoing any medical procedure, you must also make your clinician explain to you what laser hair removal he will use and what you should expect the results to be. Don't be afraid to ask questions.


Also, you must not have a tan from sun exposure or sunless tanning products before having the laser hair removal procedure. Still, if you have a sun exposure, you must wait until the tan completely fades. That's because a tan increases the risk of blistering and discoloration after treatment. To be on the safe side, you should avoid sun exposure four to six weeks before treatment.


Another important aspect to care for: two to three days before having laser hair removal you must shave the area on which you want to use the laser hair removal in order to allow stubble to grow back. The shaving must not include wax, pluck or electrolysis.


If you respect those simple rules, your laser hair removal will be a totally success.