You have probably heard laser hair removal advertised as one of the simplest ways to remove hair you don’t want. Another common statement is that hair removed with lasers takes a long time to regrow. Both of those statements are absolutely true. But, as with any other clinical skincare procedure you want to know what to expect and know how to prepare for your treatment. You also want to know how to care for your skin while it heals after the procedure is over. Here are some points to remember when undergoing hair removal with lasers.
Laser Hair Removal Results Are Not Immediate
It is a myth that lasers zap hairs into oblivion on contact. In fact, lasers may not do anything at all to your unwanted body hair in terms of things you can see with your own eyes right away. Most of the changes caused by lasers occur in the deeper tissues of your body, where the hair shafts and follicles are targeted. Over time the light and heat of the lasers causes both the hairs and their roots to become weak. That is when the hairs eventually fall out.
The entire process of hair-removal treatment itself tends to take no more than an hour. But, the time it takes for the hairs to fall out can be as long as about 30 days after your last laser treatment, and treatments are usually done in a series of four to six spread weeks apart. As the treatment series progresses you will see some hairs fall out gradually. You may also notice that hairs start taking longer to regrow and look lighter or more sparse when they do regrow.
Your Laser Hair Removal Technician Will Manage Your Discomfort
If one of your main concerns about removing unwanted hair with lasers is potential discomfort you don’t need to worry at all. Your skincare technician will manage your discomfort throughout the entire process. In the beginning your skin will be numbed, and throughout the process cool air will be used to soothe it as the laser does its job.
Understand the Implications of Shaving Versus Waxing Prior to Laser Treatment
Waxing removes some of the hair shafts that lasers need to target. Therefore, for the best results you should not wax close to the date of your laser hair removal appointment. However, shaving only removes the part of the hair visible to the naked eye. It has no impact at all on the effectiveness of the laser devices. Therefore, shaving prior to laser treatment is perfectly acceptable, though not necessary.
You Should Prepare Your Skin for Laser Treatment
In order for your skin to be treated by lasers it must be devoid of any foreign substances at the time of treatment. For example, you can’t wear perfume when attending a laser appointment. Your skin may also become overly sensitive to the treatment if you spend too much time in the sun or tanning booths in the two weeks prior to your laser treatment. Plus, you cannot spray tan for at least two weeks before your scheduled laser hair removal appointment for safety purposes.
You Should Prepare for Skin Sensitivity After Your Laser Treatment
In addition to certain activities making your skin extra sensitive during laser treatment the laser treatment itself will also make your skin sensitive for a time. Therefore, you may need to avoid the use of perfumes and other applied products for about a day after treatment. Your skin is also likely to be more easily sunburned for up to two weeks after the procedure is over. If you plan to go out in the sun a lot during that time period make sure to wear sunscreen or protective clothing.
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