5 Things to Know Before Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Young woman showing off her silky-smooth and hairless legs

With the cooler weather finally here, fall is the perfect time to consider laser hair removal. The treatment helps Tallahassee patients avoid the hassle of shaving and feel more confident in shorts, swimsuits, tank tops, and other skin-revealing clothing. Laser hair removal can be used on many areas of the body, such as the legs, back, chest, underarms, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. 

Curious about trying this popular treatment? To achieve the best possible results, there are a few important things first-timers should keep in mind.

#1: Shave (don’t wax) before your session

If waxing is a part of your regular beauty routine, you may want to take a break before laser hair removal. It’s true that shortening the length of your hair helps reduce the risk of burns during treatment. However, the root of the hair must be present in order for the laser to identify it. Avoid hair removal techniques that can remove the root, such as waxing, and instead shave about 24 hours before your appointment.

#2: Keep your skin clear

Clean, clear skin is necessary before laser hair removal. And yes, that includes any skin-related products. Refrain from wearing any makeup, moisturizer, deodorant, or fake tan products to your appointment. Embrace a natural look when heading into treatment, and your skin will thank you for it.

#3: Stay cool for 24 hours afterward

With your skin clear and hair-free, you may be tempted to head right outside and enjoy your new look. But it’s essential you keep your body cool and relaxed after a treatment. Sweat can create a potential breeding ground for bacteria. To keep your skin clean and healthy, avoid exercise or hot showers for at least 24 hours post-treatment. 

 #4: Be safe in the sun

Your skin should be in good shape before you have laser hair removal treatment. Most providers won’t treat a patient who has even a mild sunburn, as the laser could damage the already-sensitized skin. For two weeks before your appointment, be extra careful when outdoors and in the sun. Be sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing (such as a long-sleeved shirt or a floppy sun hat). 

#5: Schedule a series of treatments

Patience pays off when it comes to laser hair removal. Your different hair follicles will be in various stages of growth when you come in for your first session. Multiple treatments are needed to zap each follicle and achieve the best possible results. It usually takes around 4 to 6 weeks and 8 to 12 treatments to finish the laser process. Talk to your provider about scheduling follow-up treatments after your initial visit.

Laser hair removal is an excellent way to create smooth, hairless skin and freely enjoy the outdoors. If you decide this treatment is right for you, be sure to find a licensed professional to perform any laser treatment you receive safely. 

If you’re interested in laser hair removal or have a question for a skilled plastic surgeon in Tallahassee, please request a consultation online. You can also contact the practice by phone at (850) 219-2000.

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