How do I prepare my skin and unwanted hair before laser removal treatment?

Hair in the body areas to be lasered should be as short as possible. We recommend shaving the hair the day before or on the day of your appointment. We do not aim the laser at individual hairs, the whole of the shaved area will be treated, so we do not need to see the hairs to be treated. By shaving, the root of the hair is still present, which is what the laser targets. It is for this reason that waxing, plucking and electrolysis are not permitted between treatments, as they all remove the entire hair including the root. If you have waxed, plucked or had electrolysis, you would need to wait 4 weeks before starting laser treatment. Bleaching should also be avoided as this removes the pigment from the hair, which the laser needs to work. If you have bleached the hair, you would need to wait for this to grow out before starting laser treatment. Hair removal cream should not be used for 7 days prior to commencing laser treatment. You can shave as often as you need to between treatments.

It is also important that your skin is not tanned. We therefore ask that you do not use fake tans or sunbeds during your course of treatment. If your skin has tanned through sun exposure, it is important that you do not laser it until your tan has gone. The laser can burn tanned skin.

If you wear make up to your appointment and you are having your face lasered, this would be removed prior to treatment.

If you are unsure about skin and hair preparation prior to laser hair removal treatment, the nurses at Complete Lasercare would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.


Jane Keena This article was written by Jane Keena of Complete LaserCare.
Jane qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth and worked as a senior nurse in the NHS until 2001.
She left to pursue a career in laser hair removal, initially working for Boots the Chemist where she was appointed laser protection supervisor and gained a BTEC award in Laser and Intense Light Hair removal in March 2001.