Keeping Things Smooth: All You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal
Longer days, hotter weather and pools mean one thing: it’s the season where you become aware of the fact that you’re going to have to shave more often. Whether it’s shaving, waxing, or epilation, you have plenty of choices when it comes to hair removal. But there comes a time when you’ll want something more permanent - like laser hair removal. So what is it really like zapping off all of your body hair?
What to Expect
You're being zapped with a laser, so it’s a given you’ll be leaving with some redness here and there. Despite laser hair removal not being a painless route, it's one of those treatments that pays off in the long run: You can cut time in the shower, forget about waxing appointments, and never worry about forgetting to shave your legs before a big event. Ultimately, it’s up to you what you want to do with your body hair: whether you keep it, wax it or get laser hair removal. If you’re looking to part with the task of hair removal, here’s what to expect when undergoing laser hair removal.
How to Prepare Beforehand
You’ve made your appointment, so what’s next? Preparing for your laser hair removal can make or break your results, so it’s essential you take proper care beforehand.
- Shave beforehand - Shaving will help the laser focus on the hair follicles under the skin, making treatment more effective. The chances of pain are also reduced.
- Avoid tweezing and waxing - It's important you avoid tweezing or waxing prior to laser hair removal as the laser actually targets the pigment of the hair follicle itself. If there is no hair follicle, the laser will not work as well.
- Remove your makeup - This only applies to laser hair removal on the face. Not only is makeup getting in the way of treatment, it may actually risk burning the skin.
- Avoid sun exposure - To reduce side effects, it’s best you don’t tan and limit your sun exposure for a week before your appointment.
- Expect some swelling - if you come out of your treatment with some swelling and redness, you're in good shape. It means your treatment was most likely successful. Expect up to 48 hours of redness, stinging, or itching, but these effects commonly only last a few hours.
- Results are different for everyone - Not everyone has the same type of hair follicles and type, so you might not have the same results as other people. Laser hair removal works best for coarse hair, and the amount of treatments varies greatly on different factors.
- Avoid sun exposure - Having a tan can increase your risk of burns, since the laser may confuse the pigment in your skin for your hair follicle root..
Getting Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a great option if you’re looking to switch out temporary hair removal for something more permanent. Your results vary greatly depending on many factors, such as skin type, hair color and more. It’s best to discuss your options with a technician before deciding to invest in this procedure - and at Sculpt Cosmedics, we do our best to make sure you’re getting the best treatment possible.