February 9, 2024 9:25 am
Ok, so you’ve finally decided to try laser hair removal. It’s something you have been thinking about but you kept putting it off. If you’re going to spend the time and the money, you want to get the best results. Let’s give you some tips. How can I maximize my laser hair removal results?
How to Optimize Your Laser Hair Removal Treatments
Many mothers have said: If you’re going to do something, do it right. That message keeps flashing in front of your eyes as you consider laser hair removal. We will honor your mother’s advice by providing some tips to maximize your laser hair removal results.
Avoid the Sun for Now
Stay inside and out of the sun as much as possible one week before and one week after a treatment. If you must be outside, limit it to no more than 30 minutes but wear protective clothing, zinc oxide sunscreen, and avoid peak sun hours.
Having a sunburn, peeling skin, or going to tanning beds will not mix well with laser hair removal. You might end up with blisters, discoloration, and even burns. Fair warning.
Do Not Pluck (Tweeze) or Wax
The laser needs a hair follicle to do its job. If you remove it, the laser has no pigment to target. This will make the treatment ineffective.
Avoid this type of hair removal for at least 4 weeks before your treatment time.
Shave Before Your Appointment
When you shave, you are removing only the hair above the skin line. You are still leaving the follicle for the laser to find and remove. Shave the treatment area 12 to 24 hours before your appointment to get the best results.
Many people are not aware that shaving between appointments is recommended.
Exfoliate Before Your Treatment
This is an important one. Dead skin cells left on the skin prior to your treatment can cause ingrown hair and clogged pores causing redness, bumps, and irritation.
Exfoliation will allow for smoother skin and a more comfortable treatment time.
Adhere to the Recommended Treatment Schedule
You will most likely need several treatments to get the best results. This will depend on the color of your hair, your skin type, and what areas you are having treated. Being consistent is important. Don’t skip or extend treatment times or it can reduce the overall effectiveness.
It’s a good idea to know your schedule ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.
After Treatment Care
Avoid hot showers, saunas or steam rooms for at least 24 hours.
You want to promote healing by using a gel like aloe vera to soothe the treated area and decrease redness.
Avoid tight clothing and scratching the skin to avoid the risk of infection or scarring.
Every person is different because your skin and hair are different. Results for one person might be different for another.
Strive for realistic expectations in consultation with Dr. Jain.