For six weeks before treatment, you must avoid tanning (in the sun or with self-tanning products), bleaching, tweezing, and waxing. If you have a darker skin type, you should apply a topical bleaching cream four to six weeks before treatment. You should stop shaving a few days before treatment. If you have a history of fever blisters, you may need an antiviral medication beginning the day before treatment.
Immediately after treatment, you may experience swelling for a few hours and redness for two to three days. Your hair will begin to shed five to 14 days after treatment and can be wiped away with a wet cloth.
Avoid sun exposure and use a sunscreen at all times during the course of treatments. For six weeks after a treatment, you may shave and use depilatories, but do not wax, have electrolysis to the area, or tweeze.
Treatments are typically scheduled at four-to-six-week intervals.