Who wouldn’t want to wear that cute new bikini or that awesome new summer dress without having to worry about shaving? Laser hair removal is a great way to deal with unwanted hair. Follow these tips before scheduling the first appointment.
Choose The Right Professional
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic medical procedure and should be completed by a board-certified medical professional. If the procedure is completed by a midlevel provider such as a nurse or physician’s assistant, then it is important to ensure a medical provider is onsite if complications arise.
It is important to refrain from sun exposure, tanning salons, and self-tanners. The area should be protected from the sun anywhere from two to six weeks before the first treatment. The laser uses the dark pigment to locate and destroy the hair follicles. Tanning and tanners make it difficult for the laser to distinguish between skin and hair follicle.
Don’t Pluck Or Wax
Waxing and plucking hair removes hair at the root. Laser hair removal works by destroying the hair at the follicle. Waxing and plucking disrupts the hair cycle and the laser will not be able to destroy the hair to prevent regrowth effectively. If you have waxed or plucked, then it is best to wait six weeks or more before scheduling the first treatment.
Opt For Shaving
Shaving is the best option to keep hair under control before and during the treatments. Shaving keeps the hair out of sight, but the laser will still be able to locate the follicle under the skin. It is important to shave the hair 24-48 hours before treatment. This will help prevent burns on the skin during treatment. By shaving, the hair is not visible above the skin to the laser, but the hair can still be found below the skin.
Certain medications can react with laser hair treatments. It is best to discuss all medications during the consultation. The provider should be able to explain what medications should be avoided or how and when to take certain medications to avoid negative reactions. It is best to be open and honest about all medications.
Following these tips before treatment will help ensure the best results. Nothing would be worse than paying money for unneeded treatments. A little planning can save a lot of time and money