What Can I Do to Prepare for a Laser Hair Removal Session?

By: Dr. Jerry Chidester


Laser hair removal has remained one of the most popular aesthetic treatments performed year after year, with countless men and women alike turning to the procedure to help reduce unwanted hair growth, boost their self-esteem, and save valuable hours — and dollars — wasted on shaving and other hair removal methods. At The Plastics Clinic, under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester, our team of South Jordan, UT aesthetic specialists performs laser hair removal using the cutting-edge Soprano™ Titanium laser, with a built-in cooling system and innovative technology that helps patients enjoy a more comfortable treatment and enduring results. To further boost your chances of the longest-lasting laser hair removal results and minimal side effects possible, be sure to follow the helpful preparation guidelines covered here — as well as any other instructions outlined by your provider.

Does laser hair removal stop hair growth?

Laser hair removal is primarily designed to reduce the rate, density, and thickness of unwanted hair growth. While some patients may achieve a cessation of hair growth in certain areas, others may have continued hair growth — albeit dramatically reduced — or potentially have months or years of no growth followed by sporadic regrowth of hair. If hair does spontaneously regrow after laser hair removal, a repeat round of "touch-up" treatment can help to tackle new growth.

How can I get ready for laser hair removal?

In order to reduce your risk of unwanted laser hair removal side effects and boost the efficacy and efficiency of your treatment, there are several important pre-treatment instructions you may be advised to follow. Helpful laser hair removal preparation tips include:

  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Do not tan or use tanning beds
  • Do not pluck, wax, or otherwise remove hair at the follicle (shaving is okay)
  • Shave the treatment areas prior to your appointment
  • Avoid certain topical skincare products as outlined by your provider
  • Plan to wear protective clothing following your appointment to minimize sun exposure

With these pre-treatment laser hair removal steps, you can help avoid unwanted side effects like burning, sensitivity, and discoloration while also ensuring your treatment is as complete and successful as possible.

Why can't I pluck before laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal works by sending targeted laser energy to the hair follicles, which damages the follicles and disrupts future growth. When hair is removed via waxing, plucking, and other methods that include removing the follicle, the laser energy delivered during treatment has nothing to target, meaning the treatment will not be effective for those particular hairs.

How many laser hair removal sessions will I need?

Patients should plan for a series of several laser hair removal sessions spaced a few weeks apart. This allows all the hairs to be treated while they are in their active growth cycles, as hair follicles rotate between active and dormant cycles at varying rates. During your initial consultation, our knowledgeable providers will recommend the most appropriate frequency for your laser hair removal sessions and will monitor your progress throughout your course of treatment to determine whether additional sessions may be an appropriate consideration for you.

Silky smooth skin can finally be yours with laser hair removal in South Jordan, UT

If shaving, waxing, and other at-home hair removal methods feel like a waste of time and money, or if you are excited about the possibility of smoother skin, virtually free of stubble and razor burn, laser hair removal may be right for you. Discover more of the life-changing benefits of laser hair removal by calling The Plastics Clinic in South Jordan, UT to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced laser aesthetic specialists — under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester — and start your journey toward silkier skin and boosted self-confidence today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.