Pre & Post Care Advice For Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment, but to ensure it’s both safe and effective, certain guidelines should be followed both pre and post-treatment. Some of these things are common sense, but others may not be so obvious. If you’re a laser therapist, then you must communicate the importance of pre and post-care to your clients. To ensure they have the best possible experience, it’s important to provide them with the right advice.

This article will outline what you need to be communicating to your clients before and after their laser hair removal treatment.

Pre-care Guidelines

During the initial consultation, it’s important to go over the pre-care guidelines with your client. This is so they know what they need to do to prepare for their treatment. Here are some of the requirements they should be made aware of:

Avoid Sun Exposure 4-6 Weeks Prior to Treatment

Clients should be warned against sunbathing, using tanning beds, or fake tanning products in the weeks running up to any laser hair removal procedure. The skin’s sensitivity is heightened after exposure to UVA and UVB rays, increasing the risk of laser burns, hyperpigmentation and other unwanted side effects.

Avoid Alcohol and Smoking in the 24 Hours Prior to Treatment

Both drinking alcohol and smoking cause dehydration which makes the skin more sensitive. This increases the risk of unwanted side effects from laser hair removal treatment. Clients should be advised to avoid drinking alcohol and drinking alcohol during the 24 hours before and following their treatment

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

During the laser treatment process, heat is used to target the hair follicles. This can cause the skin to become dry and irritated. To help combat this, clients must keep their skin hydrated both before and after treatment. Drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to laser hair removal will help ensure the skin is plump and fully hydrated.

Shave The Treatment Area at Least 12 Hours Before Treatment

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicle. If the hair is too long, then the energy from the laser will be dispersed along the length of the hair shaft and won’t be concentrated in the follicle. This means that it won’t be as effective. For this reason, clients must shave the treatment area at least 12 hours before their appointment.

Clean Skin Thoroughly

Makeup, lotions, oils, and deodorants can all interfere with laser hair removal, blocking the laser light, and making it less effective. Clients should be advised to clean the treatment area thoroughly before arriving for their appointment.

Avoid Tight-Fitting Clothes

Tight-fitting garments can rub and irritate the skin and cause discomfort during and after treatment. It’s best to advise clients to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing at their appointment to avoid irritation.

Clear Communication

Certain medications and medical conditions can cause the skin to be more sensitive to light, increasing the risk of adverse reactions o laser treatment. It’s vitally important that clients are encouraged to tell you about any medications they are taking, and also about any active skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

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Post-care Guidelines

After the treatment is complete, there are also certain things that clients should do to care for their skin and ensure optimal results. Here are some post-care guidelines that you should communicate to your clients:

Avoid Sun Exposure

To avoid hyperpigmentation, clients should be advised to avoid sunbathing, sun beds, and self-tanning for at least two weeks after treatment. If it’s impossible for clients to avoid exposure to the sun, they should wear sunscreen with a high SPF and cover up with suitable clothing.

Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes

Tight-fitting clothing, sportswear, and even underwear can rub the skin and cause friction. To avoid irritation, clients should be advised to wear loose clothing for at least 48 hours following their treatment.

Avoid Rubbing or Touching the Skin

After a laser hair removal session, clients need to avoid touching the treatment area. Touching or rubbing the skin can cause irritation and increase the risk of infection. If the skin is showing signs of irritation, a cool compress should be applied to help soothe the area.

Cool the Skin

Clients may experience a small amount of discomfort, irritation, or pain following laser treatment. To best advice you can give to minimise these effects is to apply ice packs, aloe vera gel, or other soothing creams during the days following their session and between treatments. Don’t forget to remind clients not to apply ice directly to the skin. If using ice packs, they should wrap in a towel first.

Keep the Skin Clean

Keeping the treatment area clean is important for avoiding infection and helping the skin to heal. During the days after their treatment, clients should be advised to cleanse the skin gently with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser while avoiding perfumed products, scrubs, or exfoliants that could irritate the skin.

Avoid Hot Baths, Steam Rooms, and Saunas

Clients should avoid taking hot baths and using steam rooms and saunas for a minimum of 24 hours after treatment to avoid skin irritation and related side effects.



If your clients follow these simple guidelines, their laser hair removal treatment will result in smooth, hair-free skin with minimal side effects. Make sure you go through each of these points with your clients before their treatment to avoid unnecessary complications.

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