Laser hair removal will seem like a godsend technology to eliminate all your body hair problems if you have endured long, painful hours of waxing or fumbling with your razors. According to the AAD, you can expect a 10 to 25% decline in hair growth after your first laser treatment session. Most patients experience months or even years of no hair regrowth after finishing a recommended number of sessions.
In recent years, dermatologists have made remarkable advances in laser medicine. Today, it is safe and effective to treat many skin conditions. However, before opting for a laser hair removal session, you must keep the following facts and precautions in mind, as this decision should not be taken lightly!
1. Shave the area before getting it lasered
While prepping your skin for laser treatment, you must cleanly shave it 24 hours prior to the session. Lasers target the hair follicles within the skin to restrict future hair growth. Waxing, tweezing or plucking your hair will pull it out from its root, making it difficult for the laser to detect it during removal. So, remember to shave, and do not wax or tweeze!
2. Avoid exposure to the sun at all costs
Laser hair removal may show scary side effects if the skin is exposed to the sun before, during or after the treatments. Dermatologists advise always protecting the lasered area from direct sunlight. For those thinking about getting a laser treatment after a vacation, wait until your tan fades away before booking an appointment!
Our team at Kulani Spa would advise you to carefully plan daytime activities around your scheduled sessions to be on the safe side.
3. Be wary of your skincare products
You might need to adjust your skincare routine when opting for laser removal. Avoid using scrubs, retinol, chemical peels, and glycolic acids before and after laser treatments. These products exfoliate the skin layer and make it more sensitive to laser technology, which may cause a reaction.
4. Laser treatment works for all skin colors
It is true that laser indeed works best for lighter skin with darker hair, as the machine detects melanin-rich hair faster and better. However, it has now become possible to use laser technology on dark or pigmented skin. Dermatologists consider long pulsed lasers a good option for such treatments.
5. Be patient and regular with your sessions
Do not expect drastic changes after the first few sessions. Your hair will become weaker and less noticeable a few weeks after the first session, but it will take several appointments to reach optimal results. Until then, trust the process!
6. Always start with a patch test
Laser hair removal has proved to be a safe treatment for many, but it might prove dangerous if you have sensitive skin or any medical condition. In rare cases, it can also stimulate hair growth in some individuals. Before starting the treatment, you must book a consultation session with a professional and communicate any such concerns. We highly recommend doing a patch test before every session.
7. Laser treatments are highly time and cost-efficient
Yes, you can finally say goodbye to those hour-long waxing and shaving sessions! While these methods require your attention and money every two weeks on average, laser hair removal is quick, requires lesser pain tolerance, and permanently reduces future hair growth. Overall, it will save you from recurring expenses in the future.
8. Stay away from fake tans and other skin treatments
Stop using fake tanning products at least 3-4 weeks before the treatment begins. Let your dermatologist know beforehand if you are undergoing other cosmetic/skin treatments. Lastly, make sure that the area to be treated is clean and make-up free.
9. Unfortunately, laser does not work for everyone
Keep in mind that everyone’s skin responds to lasers differently. For some, it may form new patches of hair due to changes in hormones or taking a particular medication. Do your research to avoid such mishaps.
10. Be prepared for additional sessions
Laser technology does not claim to permanently end all hair growth. But, it significantly reduces and slows it down and minimizes ingrown hair, making your skin feel smooth and soft. So, while you might need some top-up treatments for future maintenance, it will definitely be worth it!
Our practitioners at Kulani Spa are dedicated to making laser treatment an incredibly comfortable and stress-free experience for their clients. Book your appointment now to save yourself from the endless hassle required for other hair removal methods!