If you’re tired of struggling with traditional hair removal methods that just don’t offer you the convenience and smooth results you’re looking for, you might already be considering laser hair removal. This has become a popular procedure to help both women and men streamline their daily routines and achieve the look and feel of smooth, sleek skin without the hassle of shaving, waxing or plucking.
Before your first session, consider these laser hair removal tips to help you get the most out of your procedure and absolutely love your results.
Thanks to advanced laser technology, laser hair removal can now effectively treat those with light or dark skin tones without damaging the skin. However, laser hair removal won’t work for those with blonde, gray or white hair. The most effective combination for laser hair removal is dark hair and light skin.
This is because the laser targets the melanin, or pigment, in the hair to disable that hair follicle and deliver effective results. With very light-colored hair, there is not enough melanin for the laser to target. This is also the reason why those with a greater contrast between their hair and skin tones typically see the best results, as the laser is able to easily distinguish between the melanin in your hair and skin.
During your initial consultation, your laser technician will assess your skin tone and hair color and coarseness and design a treatment plan that will be a good match for your unique needs.
Once you’ve decided to treat yourself to laser hair removal, there are a few things you can do to prepare before you start your first session. First, be sure to work with an experienced laser specialist to ensure your safety and maximize your results, and avoid at-home laser devices. Even though it is a minimally-invasive procedure, laser hair removal should be performed by a trained professional.
You’ll also need to avoid tanning—both indoor and outdoor—prior to your first session, as tanned skin can increase the risk for developing dark spots and hinder your smooth results. Be sure that you don’t wax or pluck the hair in the desired area for at least six weeks prior to laser hair removal. However, you should shave the day before each treatment. This helps to maximize your outcome and minimize the risk of unwanted side effects caused by the laser targeting hair above the surface of your skin.
You can expect to see about a 10 to 20 percent reduction in the presence of hair immediately after your first session, but know that it typically takes 6 to 9 treatments before seeing your full results. These sessions are usually spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart for the face and 8 to 10 weeks for the body, so you can still shave any remaining hair during this time. However, never wax or pluck the treated area between sessions because these methods completely remove the hair from its follicle, making the laser ineffective.
It’s also crucial that you stay out of the sun for the duration of your treatment sessions and avoid tanning beds. If you want to use a sunless tanning lotion or spray instead, just make sure that the color has enough time to fade before your next session so that the laser can do its job. Remember that the greater the contrast between your hair and skin color, the better the results you can expect.
Immediately after each session, feel free to resume your normal activities, as long as they don’t involve baking in the sun. If you are going to be outdoors, apply and reapply sunscreen as needed, and try to find a shaded area or cover your skin with sun protective clothing like sun hats and cover-ups.
The exact number of laser hair removal sessions that will be necessary to achieve the best results will depend on your hair color and thickness. It’s important that you follow through with all of the treatment sessions that your laser technician recommends so that you can get the absolute most out of your procedure.
Once you’ve completed your full round of laser hair removal treatments, you’ll need to stay out of the sun for an additional 30 days, as your skin will still be sensitive. At this point, you should notice the full extent of your smooth, sleek results and can resume your regular daily activities immediately, minus the need to shave. Although laser hair removal results are very long-lasting, you may decide to have a touch-up in the future to maintain the same smooth skin.
Setting up your laser hair removal consultation is an exciting first step toward finally ridding yourself of the hassle and discomfort of shaving, waxing and plucking. Choose a trusted laser technician and follow these laser hair removal tips for optimum, hassle-free results that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.
Guest post by - Simply Smooth Laser Center in Tampa, Florida
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