Top Things You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal
Summer is slipping away, and, for many people, this signals the start of wearing bigger, warmer clothes and covering up bare skin. If you are a bit of a sun worshipper, however, you may already be planning next summer’s look. And that may involve undertaking a bit of laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal has become more accessible and affordable in recent years. Meaning that it is now easier than ever to banish those dark, ingrown hairs from your legs, your armpits, or even your bikini area. Why is laser therapy so popular? Well, it has long-lasting results, is easy, and it saves costs in the long run.
However, undertaking laser hair removal is not as simple as waxing or shaving your legs and armpits. There are many things that need to be considered and explored before you attend your laser hair removal consultation. And here, you will be walked through what you need to know about the procedure, the aftercare, and what to expect post-treatment. Enjoy!
OK, so to be clear, it is often nearly impossible to avoid the sun if you are having laser hair removal performed in summer.
However, to keep the laser hair removal cost low, it would be best if, when you attend the appointment, you have not had any extreme sun exposure for two weeks before treatment. This is because sun exposure combined with the laser can cause the skin to sizzle and burn. So, if you have recently had sunburn or have acquired a tan, you will need to reschedule your laser hair removal. For sun lovers, resolving this is simple: undergo laser hair treatments during the fall or winter months when sun exposure is less likely.
It’s worth noting here that if you have recently undertaken a fake tan, professionally applied or at home. You will not be able to undertake laser hair removal either.
Once you have had laser treatment performed on your legs, your groin, your armpits, or your back, you may need multiple appointments to become completely hair-free. So, post-treatment, if you spot a stray hair regrowing, put the waxing strips away. And stick to a simple shave with a razor.
Indeed, when you reattend the clinic for your laser hair removal, the laser will be applied to the areas. Where there are stray hairs, with the intent of burning away the root of the hair permanently. If you have waxed before reattending the appointment, there may be no hair root to remove. This means that the lasered hair will eventually regrow, leading to additional time and money expenses.
To prepare for your first session at a laser hair removal clinic, you will be advised to shave the area where you want the treatment performed. Use a clean, sharp razor to get the smoothest look and to avoid overly long hairs being present. If they are there when it comes to laser the area, there is a higher chance of them burning down. And singing the skin, which can be sore!
Deodorant is a staple for most people, especially in the summer. Meaning that it can be a bit awkward having to avoid using it when you have had some lasering work done.
On the day you undertake the treatment, you will need to make sure that the area that is going to be lasered is completely bare. Thus, you cannot have oils, moisturizers, or deodorant on it, even if it is a super-gentle deodorant. Indeed, when you have laser hair removal on your face, you won’t be able to wear makeup either. Post-treatment, you should avoid putting anything on the area of the skin, like moisturizer, deodorant, or make-up. As these can irritate the skin and cause inflammation. Of course, if you have sensitive skin, talk to your laser hair team about which creams may be best to apply to the area to help speed up the healing process.
Most people enjoy a dip at the local pool to stay in shape and simply cool off after a long day.
It goes without saying, however, that after you have had your hair lasered off, you will need to avoid swimming for a day or two. This applies to both swimming pools, which may have high levels of chlorine and the ocean.
Why? Well, post-lasering, your skin will be more sensitive to bacterial growth. And the pores will also likely be a bit sore and irritated. Thus, it’s essential to keep your pores bacteria-free to prevent infections. And sores from forming on the surface of the skin. As said before, this is not a long-term thing. And if you have undergone lasering treatment ahead of the bikini season, it is best to undertake the treatment the week before you hit the beach.
Many people who undertake laser treatments expect that after the first treatment is completed, they will have smooth, hair-free skin for life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way, and even with the best laser hair removal team. You may still have to go back for repeat appointments.
There are many things that can influence the number of treatments that you will need. For one thing, when you attend your consultation with the laser hair removal team, they will likely assess the type of skin you have in the area. Where you are going to have the treatment performed. If you have sensitive skin, then they may target the laser setting to lower so as not to irritate the skin too much. Though some irritation is to be expected. If you are middle-aged, then there are hormonal factors to consider, too. Which can promote the regrowth of hair faster or make it harder to get rid of.
You need to remember that there is no laser hair clinician who can guarantee 100% hair removal after the first appointment. And if they do, they are likely to be conning you, so move on to the next one!