How to Prepare for Laser Bikini Hair Removal

by Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor

How to Prepare for Laser Bikini Hair Removal. Are you sick of shaving your bikini line or paying for waxing every time you want to put on a bathing suit? Laser hair removal completely removes all hair after just a few sessions. If you're ready to be hair-free, prepare yourself properly for your laser hair removal appointment to ensure the best possible results.

Step 1

Stop waxing, tweezing and electrolysis at least 3 weeks prior to your first laser hair removal session. You may continue to shave your bikini area both before and after laser hair removal.

Step 2

Avoid tanning, either real or artificial, for about 4 to 6 weeks before treatment. Any pigment (color) in your skin will make the laser hair removal less effective. Most specialists will refuse to treat a tanned area, as blistering and discoloration may occur.

Step 3

Shave the entire bikini area 3 days before your laser hair removal session. Allow the stubble to grow back, so that the clinician can follow the natural hairline. Some salons will ask that you come in completely shaved, so you should check when you make your appointment.

Step 4

Clean the bikini area completely. You should not apply any lotions or sprays to the area on the day of your laser hair removal.

Step 5

Take ibuprofen to prepare for your appointment. While there is no proof that pain reliever helps with the discomfort, many people swear by it. Ibuprofen will often reduce the redness and swelling caused by the laser.

Step 6

Apply numbing cream to the bikini area about an hour before your treatment. For your first session, you should arrive early enough so that you can pick up and use the numbing cream.

Step 7

Ask the nurse, doctor or clinician what type of laser she will be using, and if there are any special preparations you need to be aware of--try to be as informed as possible about your treatment. You can also ask the receptionist when you first make your appointment.

Tips

  • If you are unsure about laser hair removal or want more information, schedule a free consultation with the clinic. The specialist you meet with can help you prepare for treatment. Between treatments, you should prepare the same as you did before your first treatment. Avoid waxing, plucking and tanning, and don't forget to exfoliate.

Warnings

  • Avoid using any prescription drugs that cause UV sensitivity, as you will be more likely to be burned during treatment.