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5 Essentials BEFORE You Have a Laser Test Patch

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Test patches are carried out to determine the treatment parameters and to judge how your skin might react to a full treatment. A test patch is a small trial in an area with similar hair and skin to the treatment site and allows the practitioner to assess how well the light energy is being absorbed and whether the skin is responding as expected.

Here are 5 essential pieces of pre-treatment advice before you have a laser test patch:

1. The area to be treated should be free from make-up, perfume, deodorant and body or face creams. Be careful when using spray deodorant prior to treatment.

2. Avoid waxing, plucking, hair removal creams and bleaching for one month prior to hair removal treatments. Hair should be shaved prior to treatment and be no longer than 1mm     in length.

3. There should be no active or fake tan in the area to be treated or test patched.  Use of sun-beds or prolonged exposure to sunlight is not allowed in the month prior to treatment and an SPF30 must be used on the area between treatments. Suntans must be left to fade completely before treatment can start. Fake tans must also be fully faded before treatment can commence.

4. A medical history is taken at consultation, but you will be relied on you to inform your practitioner of any changes to this. They will also need to know of any medication you are taking including those bought from a chemist or herbalist.

5. Make sure you arrive in good time for your appointment; this will allow your skin to be pre-cooled should be required. Please note your practitioner may reserve the right to charge for any appointment booked by abandoned due to active sun-tan, fake tan or missed appointment.