You have to shave before laser hair removal because the heat energy delivered by the laser targets the pigment in your follicle. If you don’t shave, the visible hair absorbs the heat instead, leaving burnt hair and skin in its wake.
Who Needs to Shave?
Yes - Required
Kick Your Razors and Waxing Appointments to the Curb
Laser Hair Removal in Apple Valley. MN
Don’t you just love having to spend money on razors so you can shave every day? Or paying someone to rip your hair out by the roots—what joy! If you’re anything like most of us, that’s definitely not your experience with unwanted hair.
It’s time to embrace the convenience of laser hair removal in Apple Valley, MN.
How it Works
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the world. We utilize advanced technology for a more comfortable and effective laser hair removal experience that works best for untanned skin protected by SPF. You have to arrive for your laser hair removal treatment with the area completely shaved in order for us to move forward with the treatment.
What to Expect
The Laser Hair Removal Process
Apple Valley, MN's Home for Laser Hair Removal
You deserve options—we've got them! Our selection of aesthetic treatments means your laser hair removal treatment plan can go further.
We put real consideration into each step of your journey with us, giving you an amazing experience.
With the most sought-after options and the most attentive care come the best outcomes.
Your Center For Beauty and Wellness
Paula Overbye, Founder
About The Laser Room Med Spa
The Laser Room Med Spa started when our founder and owner, Paula Overbye, decided to turn her exceptional talents toward helping the community of Apple Valley and beyond achieve true confidence and comfort in their own skin.
The Laser Room Med Spa brings 30 combined years of experience, leading us to win the award for the best aesthetic center multiple years in a row. We’ve built a reputation for excellence in both client care and results.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
Let us know if you have an active breakout, cold sores, or lesions, as we may need to reschedule your laser hair removal appointment.
You’ll need to closely shave the treatment area prior to your appointment. The closer you shave, the better your treatment.
Let us know about the medications you take so we can ensure you’re not on light sensitive medications.
Avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours before laser hair removal and discontinue the use of retinoids 12 hours prior.
Use no oil-based creams or gels a week before your treatment.
Don’t pick, scratch, wax, or tweeze the area at any point in the weeks leading up to or during your treatment. Shaving should be the only hair removal method you use during your treatment series.
Laser Hair Removal Post-Care
The most common side effects are erythema and edema (redness and swelling) which generally occur immediately after treatment and typically resolve within 24-48 hours. Crusting and rarely, blistering may occur which typically resolve within 48-72 hours. Some patients experience mild itching post-treatment. This is common and lasts approximately 1-2 days.
Post-treatment discomfort is mild, and you may return to regular activities immediately. It is advised that you avoid hot baths, saunas, jacuzzis, and pools for the first 2 days following treatment
(bacteria in them can cause an infection). It is best to avoid applying ice or cooling compresses as the heat response is the body’s natural healing response. However, if extreme heat or discomfort is
evident, use cold compresses to sooth the area.
Moisturizer may be applied after each treatment, and then should be applied regularly throughout the course of the treatment.
Make-up may be applied to hide the pinkness of the skin.
Sun avoidance should become a permanent component of your long-term skin care program; always use sunblock. Sun exposure to the treatment area immediately after treatment and for one month following the treatment may increase the risk of pigmentary changes in the treatment area.
Long-term Skin Care:
In addition to sun avoidance for one month following the treatment, we suggest ongoing use of sunblock.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
We typically recommend that our clients shave the hair from their treatment area the night before treatment. This ensures there’s pigment beneath the surface and none at the surface of your skin, ensuring a better result.
No, you won’t be hairless after just one treatment. You will see some thinning and patchiness anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks after the first treatment. This is because your hair grows in 3 phases—an active growing phase, a transition phase, and a resting phase—and the laser is only effective against the hair that’s in the growing phase. That’s why we schedule multiple treatments every 4 to 8 weeks.