How to Prepare for Spa Treatments

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Preparing for your spa treatment involves taking certain steps to ensure you make the most out of your spa experience. Whether you are a seasoned spa-goer or having spa treatments for the first time, knowing how to prepare for your specific treatment will enhance its benefits and offer the safest, best and most comfortable outcome. In this post, we’ll look at some general ways to prepare for spa treatments, and some specific pre-treatment instructions for some of the spa treatments we offer here at Mira Spa & Salon. Be sure to visit our individual pages for pre- and post-treatment instructions as well.


What General Preparations Should I Make for Spa Treatment?

Different spa treatments may have specific preparation requirements, so it’s important to follow the instructions given to you by your spa provider. Overall, here are some tips to enjoying your spa treatment.

  • Communicate your needs, expectations and concerns in your consultation appointment. This helps the spa staff to tailor your treatment and ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
  • Follow your pre-treatment instructions. For example, you may be asked to avoid sun exposure, stop using certain skin care products, or refrain from taking specific medications prior to treatment.
  • Arrive early so you can check in, complete any paperwork and transition into a relaxed state of mind.
  • Dress comfortably. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement and maximizes your comfort.
  • Communicate openly with your spa provider during your treatment. Share any discomfort or preferences regarding pressure, temperature or any other aspect.
  • Stay hydrated to keep your skin and body in optimal condition and help eliminate toxins.
  • Follow aftercare instructions that may ask you to avoid certain activities, use recommended products or take additional steps to maximize the treatment benefits.


Personal Information You May Be Asked in Your Consultation

To provide you with the best and safest experience, your spa provider may ask for relevant information that will help customize your treatment to meet your specific needs. Information you should consider sharing can include:

  • Past or current medical conditions, surgeries, allergies or chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, skin disorders, etc.
  • Medications including prescription, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements or vitamins. Some medications may interact with certain spa treatments.
  • Allergies or sensitivities to medications, skincare products or ingredients.
  • Skin sensitivities or conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis or acne.
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Previous spa treatments, and especially any adverse reactions or complications.
  • Your desired outcome and comfort expectations.



How to Prepare for Specific Spa Treatments


Potential Preparations for Dermal Filler Treatments

  • Avoid blood thinners, supplements and alcohol prior to treatment
  • Avoid topical products
  • Avoid hair removal cream, waxing, bleaching and tweezing to the treatment area
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds


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Potential Preparations for Diolaze Treatments

  • Check to see if you have any unsuitable conditions for Diolaze
  • Shave the treatment area a day or two in advance. Do not wax or pluck the hairs. Shave again on the day of your treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds
  • Avoid skin sensitizing products like retinoids, exfoliating scrubs or chemical peels for at least one week prior to treatment
  • Stop anticoagulants 7-10 days before treatment (if medically permitted)
  • Cleanse your skin and avoid applying lotions, creams or makeup to the area


Potential Preparations for Lumecca Treatments

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds
  • Discontinue sunless tanning products like self-tanners or bronzers at least one week in advance.
  • Avoid skin sensitizing products like retinoids, exfoliating scrubs or chemical peels for at least one week prior to treatment
  • Avoid hair removal efforts like waxing, plucking or depilatory creams for at least two weeks in advance.
  • Cleanse your skin and avoid applying lotions, creams or makeup to the area


Potential Preparations for Morpheus8 Treatments

  • Protect your skin from sun exposure a few weeks ahead. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Avoid tanning beds, creams and sprays.
  • Discontinue topical products like retinoids, exfoliating acids or potentially irritating or sensitizing products a few days prior to treatment.
  • Avoid professional peels or microdermabrasions for two weeks ahead
  • Avoid blood thinners like aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood-thinning medications to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising
  • Avoid waxing, laser hair removal, laser therapy and cosmetic fillers
  • Avoid alcohol and drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
  • Cleanse your skin and remove makeup, lotions or creams
  • Arrange for a ride or aftercare if sedation or anesthesia is expected


Potential Preparations for Xeomin Treatments

  • Provide your medical history and medications, especially your history with botulinum toxin injections and medications and supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding or bruising.
  • Avoid blood thinners like aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen and Aleve, including herbal supplements
  • Avoid alcohol at least 24 hours ahead
  • Avoid topical products or “anti-aging” products
  • Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing or hair removal cream
  • Be well hydrated prior to treatment
  • Avoid sunburn or skin irritation prior to treatment
  • Schedule time off for aftercare


For Spa Treatments, Contact Mira Spa + Salon in Reston, Virginia

Taking the time to properly prepare for your spa treatment is an investment in your treatment’s effectiveness, allowing your skin to fully absorb the benefits and leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.


To schedule your consultation and spa treatment, contact Mira Spa + Salon at 571-313-8962 or book your appointment online. We’re open seven days a week to serve you.