You've Booked Your First Laser Treatment... Now What?
November 7, 2018
You've done the research, come in for a consult and booked your first appointment! You might be a little nervous to come in, but there’s no need to worry! Here is everything you need to know for your first appointment!
Before your appointment, make sure you shave the areas you want to have lasered. It’s always a good idea to bring your razor along with you just in case there are patches that you’ve missed.
Another thing you may want to consider is numbing cream; most clients don't need it, so its best to wait until after your first session to see if you feel like you'll need it. You can get a cream called EMLA over the counter at most pharmacies. Ask the pharmacist how to use it properly.
We ask all first-time laser clients to show up 15 minutes early to their appointment. There is a laser form we will get you to fill out, and it is quite extensive. The form will go over what to expect in terms of results and will ask you questions about your skin and lifestyle. It is imperative that all these questions are answered honestly, especially anything about medications and the way you react to the sun.
If you’re unsure about how to answer any questions on the form, feel free to ask the front desk or your technician! Once you’ve completed the form, your technician is going to read it over before taking you in for your treatment.
Okay, so this next part is what most people worry about most. We get asked all the time how much the laser hurts. In my personal experience, I didn’t find it that bad. However, the intensity will vary depending on what area is being treated and which setting we have to use based on your skin type. The LightSheer Duet uses a vaccuum to suck the skin up and more accurately target the hair. The vaccuum is what I found to be the most uncomfortable. The actual laser ‘zap’ feels a lot like a rubber band being snapped against your skin with a little bit of extra heat. While it is a little more intense than waxing, it’s pretty quick and the pain is very temporary.
After your treatment you can expect to feel a little warm. If you’re feeling very warm, let your technician know. She can get you some aloe and cool towels to pull some of the heat out of your skin. We will provide you with all the information you need for taking care of the area after your treatment. Some of the top things for you to remember:
If you continue to feel hot, keep applying cool towels and aloe until it goes away.
Stay away from anything that will cause your body temperature to rise for the next 24 hours. Your skin will continue to hold on to heat during this time, and you can still burn if you raise your body temperature.
Make sure you are wearing sunscreen everyday in the areas you’re having treated. The sun can cause you to burn very severely. If you get a tan, you need to wait 4 weeks after the tan has fully faded to book your next appointment. We will not treat areas with a tan, so make sure you’re staying out of the sun if you’re getting laser.
If by chance you do burn, apply polysporin until the burn goes away. Always let us know if something seems off after the appointment so we can make a note of it and follow up with you later if needed!
Most clients opt to book their next appointment while they are here in salon, as many people tend to forget to book their next one! When booking, any areas below the neck are booked once every 8 weeks, and from the neck and up are every 4 weeks. If you’re not able to make it in at exactly those intervals, it’s fine to push it longer but don’t come any sooner! Coming sooner than the 4 or 8 weeks will impact your results.
And that pretty much covers what you can expect at your first appointment! Still have questions or we didn’t cover something you’re worried about? Shoot us a text or email or give us a call! We’d be happy to answer all your questions!