Published on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5: 44pm
Most people view laser hair removal as a welcome relief from unwanted hair, ingrowns and irritation, shaving, and waxing.
However, before getting started with treatment, it’s important to familiarize yourself with laser hair removal basics.
Continue reading for nine things to know about laser hair removal.
1. Laser Hair Removal is Virtually Painless
In the past, laser hair removal was associated with considerable pain.
Thanks to technological advancements, including cooling tips, most patients report little to no discomfort and liken the sensation to a rubber band lightly snapping against the skin.
2. Results Are Cumulative
The laser is only able to act on follicles that are in the active phase of the growth cycle. Accordingly, patients will need a series of treatments, spaced six-to-eight weeks apart, for optimal outcomes.
3. Shaving Before Treatment is a Must
It’s recommended that patients shave the day of or the day before undergoing laser hair removal. Doing so, creates a clear path for laser energy to penetrate follicles.
4. Laser Hair Removal is Quick and Efficient
Depending on location and size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can be completed in 10-60 minutes. As a result, many women and men schedule it over their lunch break and return to work right after.
5. Sun Exposure Should Be Carefully Avoided
Because laser energy is attracted to melanin, it’s important for patients to carefully avoid sun exposure, tanning , and artificial tanners for four weeks before and after treatment.
Failure to do so can increase the risk of adverse effects like hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and burns.
6. Some Skincare Products Don’t Mix with Laser Hair Removal
If you’re using any acid-based or retinol products, you should discontinue them two-to-three days before and after laser hair removal.
7. You’ll Get More Than Just Smooth Skin
Although silky smooth skin is one of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal, you’ll also appreciate fewer ingrown hairs and less irritation following treatment.
8. You’ll Need to Forgo Certain Hair Removal Methods
Patients are free to shave as much or as little as they’d like before and after laser hair removal.
However, they should forgo waxing, plucking, and threading. These techniques remove hair with the root intact and, as a result, can limit the laser’s efficacy.
9. Maintenance Treatments May be Necessary
While a series of six-to-eight treatments can achieve significant and long-lasting hair reduction, results are best maintained with annual touch-up sessions.
Want to Get Started with Laser Hair Removal?
If you are considering laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced laser specialists.