Are you tired of shaving, plucking, waxing, and/or threading to get rid of the hair on your body? If so, it may be time to take the plunge and get laser hair removal. Whether you have already made your laser treatment appointment, or you are still pondering about it, here are three things you should know before the day of your appointment to increase the odds of success. 

1. Avoid Waxing or Tweezing for Two Weeks

The way that laser hair removal works is by targeting the pigment in the hair. Therefore, the hair must be present within the actual hair follicle in order for the process to be successful. As a result, it is important that you avoid waxing, tweezing, threading, or any other method that removes the hair root from the follicle for approximately two weeks prior to your laser hair removal appointment.

2. Shave a Day or Two Before the Appointment

While waxing and tweezing may be out of the question leading up to your appointment, you can still shave. In fact, it is actually recommended to shave the day or two before your actual appointment. Shaving the area that will be lasered helps to ensure that the laser is able to focus on the hair follicles precisely.

If you choose to avoid shaving the area for days or weeks leading up to your appointment, similar to the way you would if you were going in for a wax, you will be asked to shave before the treatment begins. Depending on the physician, your appointment may even be rescheduled.

3. Stay Out of the Sun for a Few Weeks

While you may prefer the appearance of sun-kissed skin, you are going to need to avoid the sun for several weeks (approximately one month) prior to your laser hair removal appointment. When your skin is tanned, it contains more pigment, making is far closer in color to your hair. As a result, the laser has a more difficult time distinguishing what is skin and what is the hair. In the end, the treatment may not be as effective as it should be. In some cases, the risk of discoloration and/or burn is increased. So, make sure to stay out of the sun—as well as tanning beds—for at least one month before your laser treatment.

For more information about laser hair removal and how to prepare for your appointment day, consult with your physician.