Laser Hair Removal – 7 Facts You Need To Know Before Getting It

The hair removal process demands time and money. While the traditional methods of hair removal, including shaving, waxing, and tweezing, are considered effective, all these methods are only temporary. However, laser hair removal comes to the rescue as it is practical, efficient, and offers a long-term solution to getting rid of unwanted hair. Moreover, it can be performed on any part of your body with unwanted hair. 

Here we have straight facts to help you understand the actual ins and outs of the treatment:

It sounds like a painful process, but it is not too bad

The laser hair removal process works by sending the laser’s light directly through the pigment in the hair. This laser light converts to heat that further damages the hair follicle and hair bulb. Besides considering it a quick procedure, some people experience sharp pain, particularly in the thinner skin areas such as the nose, temples, and chin. However, consider opting for lasers with a cooling mechanism that offers a constant cold blast of air right where the laser is pointed.

It demands patience

Laser hair removal gets to the root of the problem, literally! Therefore, when considering laser treatment, it is essential to remember that it typically takes two to three weeks after the first treatment to see a difference. And eight to twelve treatments to see full-fledged results. Moreover, you should be regular with your appointments because your hair follicles will always be at different stages of their growth. Hence, make sure that each one has a chance to get zapped.

It requires you to shave or trim the area before going for a laser

Laser treatment can react with hair that is on the skin’s surface, which may lead to irritation and the dreaded burnt hair smell. A few things that you should remember while getting a laser hair removal are:

  • Ensure to cleanly shave the area within 24 hours of treatment (electric razors not recommended).
  • Do not tweeze, pluck, or wax the area between or before sessions. 
  • Make sure the treatment area is free from makeup, deodorant, lotion, and sun cream.
  • Your doctor will not treat the area if it is exposed to sunlight within four weeks before treatment.
  • Do not use fake tanning products three-four weeks prior to treatment and exfoliate thoroughly. 

It is a pretty fast process

Laser hair removal treatments are pretty fast procedures. Thus, you can schedule your full face appointments that last only for 20-30 minutes a session, including a quick chat and makeup removal. Hence, allowing you ample time for your day-to-day activities.

It requires you to skip your gym afterward for particular days

It is important to remember that the heat from the laser stays on your skin for at least 24 hours. Therefore, do not think of gyms, saunas, or hot showers until your doctor allows you to, or else you may end up facing unwanted circumstances. 

It requires protection against the sun’s UV rays

While your dermatologist will offer you the best advice, it is recommended that you should stay out of sun exposure and avoid sunbathing as much as possible before and after the treatment is recommended. Additionally, if you have a tan, you may need to wait until it fades before starting the treatment. 

It requires you to switch your beauty products and regime

You should avoid glycolic acid, scrubs, and retinol creams for at least two days before and after the treatment. Consult your dermatologist before using face mists and moisturizers in your skincare regime to ensure the best results.

About Your Trusted Aesthetics Clinic

Are you looking for trusted ways to pamper your skin with a flawless look? Ballentyne Medical Aesthetics is here to help! For more than 20 years, we have assisted Portsmouth residents with non-surgical cosmetic skin care therapies, including laser, injectables, profound RF, and CoolSculpting. Fill in our new patient form to figure out the best treatment for your skin today! 

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