When Should I Get Laser Hair Removal?June 24, 2022
Timing Your Treatments To Get The Most Out Of Your Hair Reduction Results
When it comes to laser treatments, the sun is not your friend!
Your skin is left in a sensitive state after a laser hair reduction treatment, making you more susceptible to sunburns, sunspots and other types of damage. For the sake of convenience, aesthetics, and your skin’s health, we typically advise patients to hold off on getting laser hair reduction until the fall.
To help you time your treatments right, we have compiled a number of additional considerations to make before booking your first cycle – especially if you don’t want to wait until football season to feel your best!
Understanding The Risks Of Sun Damage
Laser hair reduction is designed to rid a specific area of hair while also limiting regrowth and making it easier to manage when it does start to grow back. Because your skin is in a vulnerable state after being exposed to the high-powered laser, it is essential to follow all instructions given to you by your provider.
The number one rule to follow? Use proper sun protection.
Tans Prevent Effectiveness
The Forever BARE BBL hair reduction laser (created by Sciton) targets dark brown and black pigment. In this case, the target is your hair and follicles. Because of this, we advise that you do not have tan skin when going in for your laser treatment. The laser will pick up on the melanin and mistake it for unwanted dark pigment. Even sunless tanning products will cause the same issue.
An Added Inconvenience During The Outdoor Months
We totally understand that you want to show off your smooth skin after you’ve completed all of your cycles! Unfortunately, some of the aftercare instructions involved with laser hair reduction can sometimes make enjoying the summer weather less convenient.
For maximum efficacy, this procedure is performed in a series of treatments. We typically recommend a total of six treatments spaced four weeks apart. This is done to ensure that the area is being treated during the active parts of the hair growth cycle.
What To Expect After Your Treatment
After your treatments, you’ll see redness and the area may feel a little warm. The redness should go away 24 hours after treatment. There aren’t any activity restrictions after laser hair reduction; however, depending on the area and your skin sensitivity, you may want to take it easy after your first few treatments to see how your skin reacts.
Proper Aftercare Is A Must
No matter the season, precautions must be taken to ensure skin safety and meaningful results. Wearing sunscreen is a must before and after laser treatments. You should avoid direct sun exposure for about a month after a laser treatment. If you go outside, cover the area and reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Do not pluck hair or wax in between treatments. The laser must locate the follicle in order to be effective. You should also limit retinol use and exfoliation. Proper care instructions will be provided to you during your appointment.
Your Laser Hair Removal Experts In Columbus, Ohio
We understand that aesthetic treatments are an investment, so we want you to see the very best results from yours. That’s why our team of Columbus, Ohio laser hair removal experts will give you all the information you need upfront to decide when you move forward with your plan.
Schedule to meet with Paige, Stacie or Adrienne to learn about laser therapy treatments and develop the right aesthetic plan for you!