We’ve all fantasized about a world where we didn’t have to wax, shave, tweeze, pluck, sugar, thread, or a host of other annoying and downright painful hair removal options. Imagine if the hair was actually gone for GOOD. Forever. No Más. The End. Well saddle up sisters (and brothers)—the dream can come true. Here a few things to consider on your way to becoming permanently free of frustrating hairs.
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated high-beam light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The light energy is converted into heat and the hair follicles within the skin that produce hairs are damaged and ultimately eliminated. This delays future hair growth.
Avoid sun exposure before and after laser hair removal
Your dermatologist will advise what is best for you, but you will likely need to avoid direct sun exposure before and after treatment. If you have a deep tan you’ll need to wait till it fades before you can start your treatment. Let your skin specialist know about any upcoming trips or plans to ensure nothing will collide with the timing of your next appointment.
Time needed to see the difference after hair removal
It usually takes two or three weeks after your first treatment to see a difference, and up to 8 -12 treatments to reap the full benefits of the laser.
Keep your body cool for 24 hours after laser
Are you a gym bunny? Hot yoga adept? Well, your self-care routine might need to take a different shape for a day or two. The heat from the laser stays in your skin for 24 hours. This means no gym, super-hot showers, hot yoga, saunas, etc. Doing these things can increase the risk of bacteria and lead to unwanted complications.
Paradoxical hypertrichosis, rare effect of laser hair removal
It’s true, particular types of hair can be stimulated into growing longer and thicker. There are certain people whose hair may be sent into overdrive during this process. This problematic outcome is called “Paradoxical Hypertrichosis”. Ideally, your dermatologist will be honest and upfront and let you know your hair isn’t suitable for the procedure.
laser hair removal around risky areas?
Laser hair removal specialists tend to advise against treatments involving the eyelids, eyebrows or surrounding areas. These areas are risky because of the possibility of eye injury. What good are permanently manicured eyebrows if you can’t see them.
Preparations before laser hair removal
Dig up and make your dermatologist aware of your medical history. This should include any history of medication, skin disorders, scarring, and past hair removal procedures. Discuss your worries and expectations, and be realistic about what laser hair removal can and can’t do for you. Consider taking before-and-after photos for accurate assessment and reviews. And then get ready to be hair free, baby!