Laser hair removal has been growing in popularity for the last few years, and it is easy to see why. The promise of no more messy shaving, painful waxing or nasty-smelling depilatory creams sounds tempting - just a few laser sessions and maintenance, and you may possibly have permanently smooth skin. However, these sessions are far from cheap. So here are some tips on how to get the best results from laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal works best on pale skin, so make sure that you avoid getting a tan in the weeks before your session. This is because any colouration of the skin makes it harder for the laser to penetrate the skin and damage the hair follicle. Regular use of sun cream is advised for anyone following a course of laser hair removal.
Shave the area to be treated a few days before the session, allowing time for a small amount of stubble to grow back. The laser looks for pigment, so a clean shave will actually lessen the effectiveness of your treatment. The day after shaving, exfoliate gently with a fragrance free product. Not only will this help to avoid in-growing hairs, it will also open the pores, allowing the laser to access the hair follicle more easily.
The pain of laser hair removal is generally found to be mild and bearable. However, if you are worried about the pain and discomfort of laser hair removal.
Try to wear loose fitting clothing so that nothing rubs against the area after you have had your treatment.
For the first few days be extra gentle when washing the area, patting, not rubbing with a soft cloth and mild, fragrance free soap. Products that don’t usually cause a problem can be an irritant, as your skin will be so much more sensitive following laser hair removal. Make sure that you don’t tweeze any of the treated hairs after your session as this will cause unnecessary damage. Have patience! They will drop out in their own time. After about a week, your can start to exfoliate gently to encourage all of the dead hairs to fall out.
Remember to book in for your next treatment - about four weeks is the recommended time between sessions. Be guided by your practitioner. They understand the rate and cycle of the hair’s growth, and will be able to advise you on the best schedule. Dr. Melanie Carreon advises that a course of around 6 sessions should may be enough to greatly reduce, possibly eliminate hair growth in the treated area. However, a yearly top up session is recommended to prolong the results.