Dos and Don’ts: Preparing Yourself for Laser Hair Removal Treatments

 Dos and Don’ts: Preparing Yourself for Laser Hair Removal Treatments

To prepare for the warmer, summer months, it’s time to get on the phone and schedule your laser hair removal appointments. Now is the best time to start laser treatments to ensure your skin is hair-free and ready for wearing shorts and taking trips to the beach.

Vanguard Dermatology offers in-office laser hair removal services to address unwanted hair on your body. Treatment with laser energy means you can finally ditch the razors and waxing strips and still achieve smooth-looking skin.

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigments in the hair follicle, heating each one to destroy its structure. Once the hair follicle is damaged, it can no longer support hair growth, ensuring you have long-lasting, hair-free results.

In order to get optimal results from your laser hair removal sessions, there are some things you can do to prepare.

Have realistic expectations.

Before you start laser hair removal treatments, your Vanguard Dermatology provider reviews your medical history to ensure the laser procedure is right for you.

You also can expect your expectations for treatment. Although laser hair removal can be effective for all skin types and hair colors, you may not achieve the same results as others.

Laser treatments work great on dark-colored hair. If you have pale or blonde hair, you can still undergo treatment, but it may not be as effective. Your provider discusses these matters during your consultation to ensure you have the right expectations for results.

Adjust your hair removal methods.

In the weeks before your hair removal treatments, you need to stop waxing. For the laser treatment to be successful, the hair root, which waxing removes, needs to be intact.

To remove hair, you can continue shaving, including on the day of your laser hair removal appointment, as too much hair can also interfere with treatment.

Skip tanning.

If you spend time in the sun or use a tanning bed, you should stop before your hair removal treatment. The melanin in your skin, which causes your skin to tan, can disrupt the laser process.

Make sure to use sunscreen when outdoors, and allow several weeks to pass after your final treatment before scheduling additional tanning sessions.

Prepare for multiple sessions.

Laser hair treatments are only effective on hair in the active growth phase. For this reason, it may take several sessions to remove all unwanted hair.

Based on your skin type and hair coloring, your provider can determine how many sessions you’ll need to achieve your results during your consultation.

Ask about your medications.

Some medications, such as blood thinners or anti-inflammatories, can interfere with your laser treatment. Be sure to bring a list of medications you take to give to your provider during your consultation.

You may need to stop taking some medicines prior to your laser hair removal treatment to protect your health and ensure good results.

Get ready for upkeep.

Treated hair doesn’t fall out immediately, and you can expect to shed the unwanted hairs in the days and weeks after your procedure.

Laser treatments can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so plan to stay inside or cover treated areas with loose clothing before going outside.

You’ll also need to use a sunscreen daily and a high-quality moisturizer to prevent dry skin and flaking.

If you’re ready to finally get rid of unwanted body hair, schedule a consultation for laser hair removal today. You can call the office, or book an appointment online.

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