How to Prepare for Your First Laser Hair Removal Session

By: Michelle Eyler, ANP-BC


Starting your journey with laser hair removal treatment is an exciting step toward smoother, virtually hair-free skin. At Ageless Skin and Laser Center, nurse practitioner Michelle Eyler helps ensure your experience is both effective and comfortable. Preparation, like waxing or avoiding sun exposure, is key to maximizing the benefits of your first session and achieving the best results possible. Knowing what to expect at your session in Hagerstown, MD, and how to care for your skin before and after treatment can significantly enhance your results and overall experience. Here's a guide to help you get ready for your laser treatment for hair removal.

How to prepare for your first laser hair removal treatment

Preparing for your first laser hair removal treatment involves several steps to ensure the procedure goes smoothly. First, avoid direct sunlight for at least two weeks before your appointment, as tanned skin can increase the risk of side effects. Second, refrain from waxing, plucking, or epilating the area to be treated for at least four weeks prior, as the laser targets hair follicles that need to be present for effective treatment. Shaving is allowed, and, in fact, it is recommended to shave the area the day before your session to prevent surface burns from the laser.

What can I expect during laser hair removal sessions?

When you arrive at Ageless Skin and Laser Center for your laser hair removal session in Hagerstown, MD, you'll start with a consultation. Michelle will discuss your medical history, skin type, and hair growth patterns to customize your treatment plan. During the session, you'll wear protective eyewear, and a cooling gel may be applied to your skin for added comfort. The Aerolase® or LightSheer® applicator will then be moved across the treatment area, emitting pulses of light that target hair follicles. Some patients describe the sensation as a slight sting, similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin, but overall, the procedure is well-tolerated.

How can I ensure optimal results from laser hair removal?

After your laser hair removal treatment, following post-care instructions is crucial for the best possible results. Almost immediately after the session, you might experience some redness and swelling, similar to a mild sunburn. Applying a soothing aloe vera gel can help alleviate these symptoms. Avoid sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect your treated skin. It's also advisable to avoid hot showers, saunas, and vigorous exercise for 24 – 48 hours post-treatment to prevent irritation. With each session, you can notice a significant reduction in hair growth, leading to smoother skin over time.

Are you ready to start your laser hair removal journey?

Embarking on a laser hair removal journey at Ageless Skin and Laser Center with nurse practitioner Michelle Eyler is a fantastic way to achieve long-lasting hair reduction. By understanding how to prepare for laser hair removal and knowing what to expect during and after the treatment, you can ensure a smooth and successful experience. If you're ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair and hello to silky smooth skin, contact our team in Hagerstown, MD today to schedule your first session. Michelle and her team are here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring you achieve the best possible results from your laser hair removal treatment.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.