Laser hair removal is a great way to achieve permanent hair reduction and eliminate ingrown hairs. Below is a list of recommendations that should be considered prior to treatment. Completing the following will ensure the best possible results:
Prior to treatment:
The results of laser hair removal vary according to different skin types and hair colours. Laser has proven to be more effective on people with light skin and dark hair, however it’s best to speak with your clinician to receive the best advice for you. Ensure your therapist is qualified, ask if they have completed a nationally accredited dermal therapy or laser/IPL qualification. Such qualification should also be on display in the clinic/salon.
- Avoid using fake tan for at least two weeks prior to treatment
While fake tan might look good, it disrupts the process of laser hair removal. The skin should be as light as possible prior to treatment so that the laser can achieve the best results.
- Stay out of the sun
Too much sun exposure can burn or damage the skin, which isn’t ideal for effective laser hair removal. Sunscreen should be used when outdoors to ensure the skin is protected and prime for laser treatment.
- Do not pluck or wax 2-4 weeks prior to treatment
Plucking and waxing removes hair from the roots, which is what lasers target during treatment. If hair is removed shortly before treatment, there will be no hair left to target.
- Shave area as close as possible before treatment
Shaving doesn’t pluck hairs from the roots, so it won’t affect the removal process. In fact, it’s highly recommended. Shaving ensures the pigment of hair follicles will be targeted, which means there will be easier access to the follicle once the hair is shaved off. Plus, lasering long hair carries a risk of burn.
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