Don't Pluck 

Prior to a laser hair removal treatment, patients must abstain from tweezing, waxing, or any other unwanted hair treatment that removes hair from its root. There must be hair in the hair follicle for laser hair removal to work. The laser is attracted to the melanin, or pigment, of the hair. The hair must be in its anagen, or active, growth phase. 


Don't Tan 

You should also avoid sun exposure in the 4-6 weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment. Tanned skin has extra melanin, which attracts laser energy. 


Don't Moisturize 

Right before your laser hair removal treatment, avoid applying any lotion, sunscreen, perfume, or other similar cosmetics to the surface of your skin. 



Shave 1-3 days before your session. The idea is to have a nice, close shave, so that there is no hair outside the skin. It is best to have just enough hair to be visible so your laser technician knows what is to be treated. 


There may be some slight charring of the small amount of stubble that gets 

hit by the laser. So, if you notice an odor of singed hair, that's normal. 



1. An accurate diagnosis by a physician is necessary prior to the IPL treatment. 


2. Prior to the treatment, clean the treatment area. The treatment area should be free of any makeup 

creams, perfumes and lotions. Male patients should shave just prior to treatment (the pigment in your beard could increase discomfort). 


3. Discontinue sun tanning, use of tanning beds and any application of sunless tanning products one 

month before the treatment. 


4. Always use an SPF 30 or greater sunblock on all exposed treatment areas. Wear sun protective 

hats and clothing. 


5. Discontinue the use of exfoliating creams 1 week prior to the entire treatment 


6. If the patient has a history of herpes outbreaks in the areas being treated, a prescribed medication 

like Valtrex is recommended for one week prior to the treatment prior to the treatment to help prevent an outbreak. 


Patients Will Need to Have: 

  • A mild facial cleanser. 

  • A high quality sunblock SPF 30 (zinc and / or titanium dioxide >10%) 

  • A good moisturizer available for your after-care. 

  • For discomfort, a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used. If an open area occurs or if the treatment area is inadvertently picked an antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin can also be applied. 




  • Women who are pregnant, nursing, or planning to be pregnant should not use Botox.

  • Avoid alcohol & blood thinners (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc) 24 - 48 hours prior to your treatment. 

       This increases your chance of bruising.



  • Women who are pregnant, nursing, or planning to be pregnant should not receive fillers.

  • Avoid alcohol & blood thinners (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc) 24 - 48 hours prior to your treatment.

  • Do not take muscle relaxers or sleep aids for 3-5 days prior to your appointment.


  • Schedule your appointment accordingly: 2-4 weeks before any events.

  • Take a 24-hour antihistamine for 2 days leading up to your appointment.  This will help to reduce post-treatment swelling.

  • Take 600mgs of Ibuprofen 1-2 hours before your appointment.

  • Arnica gel or supplements can be taken pre & post treatment to manage possible bruising.


  • Avoid active ingredients such as acids, astringents, retinoids or topical prescriptions 2 days prior to treatment.

  • Increase hydration levels prior to appointment.


• Avoid aspirin or blood thinning products (fish oil, vitamin E, ibuprofen & anti-inflammatory drugs) for

   1 week prior to your appointment.

• Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment.

• Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds 4 weeks prior to your appointment.

• Do not use self tanner for 2 weeks prior to your appointment.

• Do not shave, moisturize or use depilatories the day of your treatment.

• Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.

*Compression garments will be provided as part of your treatment.*