Are you a bit nervous about your first laser hair removal? When you come to Cabelo, you’ll be in good hands, but you should still know what to expect. It can be an odd experience for rookies, so read on and get to know what you should do before and after your treatment – and yes, we talk about the pain!
Before The Treatment
There are a number of things you can do before the appointment to make it easier on both you and us. First off, the part of your body that is to be treated needs to be cleaned, and do not apply makeup, creams, oils, deodorant to this area. These irritants can make it impossible to do our job, and cleaning it will only add unnecessary time to your treatment.
Though you’re having hair removed, the treated area has to be shaven 24 hours before your appointment. If you haven’t shaved, our lasers won’t be able to find and take care of the follicles, so we will need to reschedule! Make sure to shave and refrain from waxing, tweezing, threading, sugaring or chemical epilation for hair removal six weeks prior to treatment.
You should avoid UV exposure in the week before your appointment. If you are sunburned, we’ll have to reschedule two weeks later to avoid additional skin damage. Also avoid sunless tanning products in the week before your treatment. Finally, do not take aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or any herbal supplements. They can be anticoagulants and increase the risk of bleeding. If you follow all these directions, you can expect a smooth treatment (no pun intended).
Is There Any Pain?
Usually, but not when you come to us! There is quite a bit of pain and discomfort with conventional laser hair removal treatments, because these machines use only concentrated beams of light energy to remove the hair right at the follicle. The hair pigment absorbs this energy, and this essentially burns out the hair. As you can expect, this isn’t the most comfortable treatment.
However, the Cabelo team only uses the Soprano ICE hair removal device to treat our customers. This is one of the latest, greatest advancements in laser hair removal technology. It combines multiple laser wavelength settings and technology to guarantee speed, comfort, and above all else, an almost painless treatment. You don’t have to be nervous when making an appointment with us.
After The Laser Hair Removal
After your appointment, you can expect the treated area to be quite sensitive, so there are a number of things you should take care not to do in the next two days. Don’t scratch or scrape the treated area, and avoid hot temperatures. Don’t apply deodorants, heavy makeup, cosmetics or chemical skin creams to your skin for at least two days. This means you should resist taking a hot bath following the treatment, and you should especially steer clear of saunas and hot tubs.
To help the skin heal, gently exfoliate the area after redness subsides. Continue to do this for one to two weeks following your appointment. You might see some hairs growing. However, you should not pluck or wax any of the regrowing hair that might pop up. Doing this can disrupt the procedure, and it will take longer for the area to stop growing hair. If you experience any discolouration to the treatment area, don’t panic. Simply apply a vitamin E topical ointment to the skin.