Prepare For Your Laser Hair Removal Session

First, our qualified laser hair removal specialists will evaluate you to determine your skin type using the Fitzpatrick scale. The Fitzpatrick scale is a method of skin typing that measures and refers to different skin types’ tolerance to the sun’s burning rays. Determining your skin type helps us calibrate our laser to best remove your unwanted hair successfully, safely and comfortably.

Fitzpatrick Scale

TYPE APPEARANCE REACTION TO SUN EXPOSURE
I Very blonde, blue eyes, likely has freckles. Always burns, never tans
II Fair skinned, blue, green or hazel eyes, blonde or red Hair burns easily
III Very common skin type; fair with any eye or hair color Sometimes burns, tans gradually
IV Typical Mediterranean Caucasion skin, medium to heavy pigmentation. Rarely burns, always tans
VI Mideastern skin types, rarely sun sensitive Tan
VII Black skin, rarely sun sensitive Tans well

 

How Do I Prepare For A Laser Hair Removal Treatment Regimen To Achieve Optimal Results?

  • First, do not wax, tweeze, or use any form of chemical depilatory on the part of the body to be treated with laser for three to four weeks prior to your first appointment.
  • Avoid tanning or significant sun exposure of the area to be treated for three to four weeks before receiving treatment as this may affect the determination of your Fitzpatrick Typing and may reduce the effectiveness of your laser treatment.
  • Make sure you get a good, close shave of the area to be treated the morning of your treatment session.
  • Do not take ibuprofen or naproxen the day of the treatment.
  • The day of treatment, thoroughly wash the area to area to be treated with liquid soap that is fragrance-free and after cleansing do not apply any oils, perfumes or creams of any kind. This includes no deodorant if you are having your underarms treated.
  • Avoid activities that might raise your body temperature the day of your treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure one week before and for ten days after each treatment to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. Use sunscreen SPF 35 or higher at all times.