What to Expect During Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment


Laser hair removal has gained immense popularity as a long-term solution for unwanted hair. If you’ve decided to give it a try, you may be curious about what to expect during your laser hair removal appointment. Understanding the process and preparing for the treatment can help you feel more confident and comfortable during the session. In this blog, we will walk you through the typical steps and what to expect during your laser hair removal appointment.

  1. Consultation and Skin Assessment:

Before the actual laser hair removal session, you’ll likely have a consultation with a qualified technician. During this initial meeting, the technician will assess your skin type, hair color, and medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. They will explain how the laser works, discuss potential risks, and set realistic expectations regarding the number of sessions needed for optimal results.

  1. Preparation Before the Appointment:

Leading up to your laser hair removal appointment, it’s essential to follow specific preparation guidelines:

  • Shave the Treatment Area: Shave the area to be treated a day or two before your appointment. Shaving ensures that the laser can directly target the hair follicles without any interference from the hair above the skin’s surface.
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Minimize sun exposure to the treatment area for at least two weeks before the treatment. Sunburned or tanned skin can increase the risk of complications and interfere with the laser’s effectiveness.
  • Discontinue Other Hair Removal Methods: Avoid waxing, plucking, or using depilatory creams for at least four weeks before your laser hair removal session. These methods remove the hair from the root, which is necessary for the laser to be effective.
  1. The Treatment Process:

On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, wear loose, comfortable clothing to ensure easy access to the treatment area. When you arrive at the clinic or spa, the technician will clean the area to be treated and may apply a cooling gel to protect the skin and enhance the laser’s effectiveness.

During the treatment, you will be provided with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser’s light. The technician will then use a handheld device to deliver laser pulses to the targeted area. The laser emits intense light energy that is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair follicles. This energy damages the hair follicles, leading to a reduction in hair growth.

You may experience a mild stinging or snapping sensation during the procedure, similar to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. However, many modern laser devices incorporate cooling mechanisms, which help reduce discomfort during the treatment.

The duration of the treatment session depends on the size of the area being treated. Smaller areas, such as the upper lip, may only take a few minutes, while larger areas like the legs or back may take up to an hour.

  1. Post-Treatment Care:

After the laser hair removal session, you may experience some mild redness or sensitivity in the treated area. This is normal and should subside within a few hours to a day. Applying a cold compress or aloe vera gel can help soothe the skin.

To ensure the best results and minimize any potential complications, follow these post-treatment care tips:

  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect the treated area from sun exposure for at least two weeks after the session. If you need to be outside, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to the treated area.
  • Avoid Hot Baths and Activities: Refrain from hot baths, saunas, and vigorous physical activities that may cause excessive sweating for the first 24-48 hours after the treatment.
  • Moisturize: Keep the treated area moisturized with a gentle, non-irritating lotion to help the skin heal and reduce any dryness or peeling.
  • Avoid Harsh Products: Avoid using harsh or scented products on the treated area for a few days after the session to prevent irritation.

Use These Products

Before each appointment, we recommend using Schick Hydro Silk Touch Up Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool to prepare your skin before coming in for your appointment. We also recommend using LMX5 Lidocaine Pain Relief Cream at least 30 minutes before your next electrolysis appointment.

After an appointment, we recommend using Dickinson’s Alcohol Free Gentle Balancing Toner to help your skin heal; We also recommend using Aloe Vera Gel after each electrolysis appointment.


Knowing what to expect during your laser hair removal appointment can help you feel more at ease and confident as you embark on your journey to smoother, hair-free skin. Consultation and preparation are crucial steps to ensure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. During the treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort, but modern cooling mechanisms in laser devices help make the process more tolerable. Following the post-treatment care guidelines will aid in a speedy recovery and ensure the best possible results. Always choose a reputable clinic with qualified technicians to perform your laser hair removal sessions and enjoy the benefits of long-lasting hair reduction with this popular cosmetic procedure.

Finding the Right Treatment for You

If you’re dealing with unwanted hair growth and would like to give laser hair removal or electrolysis a try, book an appointment with us now so we can get it taken care of asap! Don’t keep shaving hoping this will be the last time, knock hair growth out at the source. If you’re ready to start your journey of getting rid of unwanted hair, schedule an appointment by giving our team a call at (862) 283-1243.