Do not perform any plucking, threading, electrolysis, or waxing for 4 weeks prior to treatment, depending on the treatment area. In addition, the intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight, tanning booths, or spray-on tanning products for 4 weeks prior to treatments. If you have had a history of herpes simplex virus infection and are scheduled for facial hair treatment, a prophylactic antiviral medication may be prescribed. Prior to a laser hair removal treatment, all surface hair should be removed by shaving or snipping to prevent any damage to the skin.
What can I expect from my laser hair removal session?
Our laser hair removal specialist will assess the area(s) of concern, discuss all details of the treatment including expectations and pre-treatment protocols, while addressing any concerns and questions you may have. At this time, a patch test on the desired area may be performed at the appropriate laser parameters upon request. Prior to treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or skin tanning products before laser treatment. Protective goggles will be placed on your eyes to protect them from the laser light. During the treatment, the Sciton laser emits an amplified beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin in the root of the hair follicle. The absorption of light by melanin generates heat in the hair shaft, which diffuses to the stem cells and matrix targets to cause the desired damage. This manifests as redness and swelling at the hair follicles, called peri-follicular edema, which is the desired clinical endpoint of your treatment.