All You Need To Know; How Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment; Are you planning to get laser hair removal treatment for your underarms, bikini line, or other unsightly hairy areas? The procedure itself is pretty quick. However, it can take a while to prepare your skin for laser treatment. Here are four ways to plan if you want the best results.
#1 Stop Tanning or Sunbathing
Melanin accumulates in your skin when you are exposed to UV radiation from the sun or a tanning bed. Since laser hair removal works by targeting and destroying melanin in hair follicles, tanned skin can make it difficult to find a laser setting that damages the follicles without harming surrounding tissue. Depending on your skin tone and the type of laser used in your treatment, you might need to stay out of the sun for as long as six weeks before your appointment.
#2 Wait for Hair to Grow Back
Have you been plucking, waxing, or using a depilatory (hair removal) cream to get rid of unwanted hair? It’s a waste of money to start laser treatment until most of your hair has a chance to grow back. Wait at least two weeks after using a depilatory cream and at least six weeks after waxing or extensive plucking before you have a laser hair removal procedure.
#3 Don’t Confuse the Laser!
Patients with naturally light skin and dark hair tend to have the best results with laser hair removal. Changing the color of your skin or hair can make treatment less effective. For example, self-tanners can be problematic because they reduce the contrast between your skin and your hair. Stop using self-tanning creams, oils, or lotions at least two weeks before your laser appointment. On a related note, avoid bleaching your hair before treatment. You want your hair to be as dark as possible.
#4 Shave the Treatment Area Correctly
Use a clean razor to shave the treatment area before your procedure. If you use a brand new razor, you are less likely to leave bacteria on your skin that might contribute to a skin rash after treatment. Check with your aesthetician or physician for recommendations about exactly when to shave before your appointment. Some specialists suggest that shaving the day of treatment is best. Others advise patients to let stubble grow for up to 48 hours so the technician can easily see the whole treatment area–including any stragglers around the edges.
Follow all four of the tips above to ensure the most effective treatment and reduce your risk of side effects. Pay attention to all after-care instructions as well. You’ll still need to stay out of the sun and avoid other hair removal procedures until your skin has a chance to recover.
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