Prepping for Laser Hair Removal: Dos and Don’ts for Optimal Results

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Laser hair removal targets hair follicles with concentrated light, reducing hair growth over time. This non-invasive procedure is known for its precision and long-lasting results. However, you should follow a few steps to maximize efficacy and minimize potential side effects.

In this blog, we’ll provide essential pre-treatment instructions and laser hair removal tips to make your sessions successful.

Pre-Treatment Preparation

Here are some steps in your laser hair removal preparation.


Shave the treatment area 24 hours in advance to help the laser penetrate hair follicles effectively. Avoid waxing, plucking, or depilatory creams, as they remove the hair root, making laser treatment less effective.

Sun exposure

Limit sun exposure and avoid tanning beds for at least two weeks before your session. Sunburned or tanned skin increases the risk of burns or pigmentation changes. Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen if you must be outdoors.

Skincare products

Discontinue retinoids, glycolic acid, and exfoliating agents a week before treatment. These products can sensitize the skin. Avoid topical antibiotics to prevent increased photosensitivity.

What to Expect During a Consultation

Your initial consultation at a reputable practice like UniQ Laser Center is a vital step toward achieving optimal results. You can expect the following when you visit our office for an appointment:


We will assess your skin type, hair color, and hair texture. This assessment helps determine the most suitable laser settings for effective hair removal while minimizing risks.

Treatment plan

Based on the assessment, a personalized treatment plan will be recommended. This plan may include the number of sessions needed, expected results, and any special considerations based on your skin’s response to previous treatments.

Addressing concerns

This is your opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you may have about the procedure, potential side effects, or expected outcomes. 

During the Treatment

Your session at a trusted practice like UniQ Laser Center will be conducted by experienced providers prioritizing your comfort and safety. The treatment session will likely go this way: 


The treatment area is cleansed, and a cooling gel may be applied for comfort. Protective eyewear shields your eyes from the laser light.


The laser device is adjusted based on your skin and hair type. You may feel a slight sting or warmth as the laser pulses. Sessions typically last 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area size.

Post-treatment care

Expect mild redness and swelling immediately after, akin to a mild sunburn. Apply aloe vera or a cool compress to soothe the skin.

Aftercare Tips

To achieve optimal results and prevent complications, follow these laser hair removal tips:

  • Sun protection – Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen diligently to protect sensitive skin.
  • Gentle skincare – Use mild skin care products, avoiding exfoliation and hot showers for 48 hours post-treatment.
  • Reduce touching – Resist picking or scratching treated areas to prevent scarring and allow natural healing.
  • Hydration – Drink plenty of water to maintain skin health and aid the healing process.
  • Schedule follow-up sessions – Multiple treatments are often needed for complete hair removal due to hair growth cycles.

Why Choose UniQ Laser Center

UniQ Laser Center stands out for several reasons.

Experience and reputation

Established in 2015, UniQ Laser Center has earned a reputation for specializing in laser hair removal and other aesthetic services. Our experienced providers use the latest technology to provide effective treatments.

Our offices in Watertown, Canton, and Needham offer complete services, from CoolTone and fillers to microneedling and Hydrafacial. As of now, our Saugus location only provides laser hair removal, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, and SkinPen microneedling. This variety allows patients to address multiple concerns conveniently.

Schedule a Consultation

Proper preparation and aftercare are critical for successful laser hair removal. Follow these tips to improve treatment efficacy and enjoy lasting results. Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with UniQ Laser Center today to get smoother skin. Contact us to learn more and book your appointment!