Laser hair removal is a savior for many people who are fed up with the amount of time they’re spending on shaving, tweezing, using cream, and waxing. Laser hair removal isn’t just one of the most commonly-performed treatments in the U.S.—it’s also one of the most popular, since it can successfully remove unwanted hair from anywhere on the body, including the face, arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, and more. Basically, anywhere but near the eyes.
Below you’ll find some very helpful tips to prepare you for your first laser hair removal treatment.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Our laser produces a soft burst of light which gently concentrates into the hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb this light, which prevents future growth while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. This process is repeated until hair growth stops completely, leaving individuals with a feeling of confidence and satisfaction.
At Pure Touch Skin Center, we use the industry-preferred Candela GentleMAX 755/1064 laser. This groundbreaking laser uses multiple wavelengths and allows for gentle treatment on all types of skin. It also has a cooling device which sprays a refreshing mist prior to the pulse of the laser, which minimizes discomfort during treatment.
What Do You Need To Know About Pre-Treatment?
If you’ve never had laser hair removal before, it’s important to understand the steps to take to be properly prepared. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t wax or tweeze for six weeks before your first laser hair removal session. The laser will need to be able to identify the hair follicle.
- Shaving before your session is fine, as long as you use a new blade. If you use an already-used blade, you’re risking contact dermatitis, which can be brought on by bacteria.
- Stay out of the sun for two weeks before your treatment, or your skin could become pigmented.
- It’s a good idea to avoid caffeine for 24 hours before your session.
- Be sure to speak with us (or whatever specialist you choose) about any medications you’re taking, since antibiotic medications sometimes increase photosensitivity.
What Do You Need To Know About Post-Treatment?
- Hairs begin falling out anywhere from 3-30 days following your session.
- You can expect immediate redness that may last several hours.
- You can exfoliate your skin and gently scrub, but be sure you don’t force hairs out before they’re ready.
- Try to stay out of the sun for a week after your laser hair removal session. If you must be in the sun, protect your skin with powerful sunblock.
- Avoid scratching your skin or picking at blisters.
- Treat your skin with aloe vera gel or vitamin E gel.
- Don’t “wipe” dry with a towel after showers. Instead, pat your skin dry and be gentle.
What Else To Consider
When it comes to laser treatment, patients who have dark hair and light skin will see the fastest results. Darker skin will most likely require more treatment sessions, because dark skin absorbs more energy. Additionally, light colored hair (blonde, grey) is more difficult to remove.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, please be sure to bring up any questions or concerns you have with us. Whether you have an excessive amount of body hair that you want removed or you simply don’t want to waste time shaving and waxing yourself, laser hair removal treatment could be perfect for you. To learn more or book an appointment, simply contact us!