Sure, you can shave, wax, or pluck unwanted hair, but those options can be painful and can lead to unpleasant side effects like shaving nicks or ingrown hairs.
Fortunately, there’s a better option and it’s laser hair removal! Not only is it quick and painless, but the results also last much, much longer.
Keep reading to learn more about how to prepare for laser hair removal so you can get the best possible results.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses lasers to remove unwanted body hair. It is a popular method of hair removal because it is relatively fast, provides long-lasting results, and is effective at reducing or eliminating hair growth in the treatment area/s.
It can be performed on most parts of the body, such as:
- Bikini Area
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Any type of laser hair removal treatment uses calibrated and controlled light waves to permanently destroy or damage the hair follicles and reduce regrowth.
Basically, it targets a special pigment called melanin present at the roots of your hair follicles. Melanin absorbs the heat energy from the laser, resulting in the destruction of the hair follicles.
As stated by the FDA, laser treatments can permanently reduce the regrowth of hair by up to 70% in the treated areas and you can see visible reductions in as little as 2 treatment sessions.
7 Skincare Tips Before and After Laser Hair Removal
Here are seven tips for taking care of your skin before and after laser hair removal:
- Avoid the sun. Avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight for at least six weeks before and after your laser hair removal treatment.
- Shave the area to be treated. Shaving the day before your laser hair removal appointment ensures that the laser can easily reach the hair follicles.
- Avoid plucking or waxing. Plucking and waxing can remove the hair follicle, making it more difficult for the laser to target the hair.
- Refrain from using products with strong active ingredients. Avoid using products that contain retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids, and glycolic acid for at least two weeks before and after your treatment to avoid irritating the skin.
- Use a soothing cream or ointment. After your laser hair removal treatment, apply a soothing cream or ointment to the treated area to help reduce redness and swelling.
- Avoid hot showers. Avoid hot showers and baths for at least 24 hours after your laser hair removal treatment because they can irritate your sensitive skin.
- Wear sunscreen. If you can’t avoid sun exposure entirely, be sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on the treated area to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays.
It’s also important to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your provider to ensure the best possible results and minimize the risk of any complications.
That being said, our highly experienced and well-trained laser technicians at Beauté Aesthetics, New York, NY, can help create a customized laser treatment plan as well as provide a set of post-treatment instructions best suited for your skin type, skin tone, and hair growth.
Book a consultation today.