A popular non-surgical permanent hair removal treatment is laser hair removal. In the US, more than 1 million women and men had this treatment in 2019. Even the pandemic didn’t stop people from looking for a permanent solution for hair removal, as more than 750,000 people had the treatment in 2020.
Laser hair removal is typically performed in a medical spa by a professional technician. This process can be used to remove hair from armpits, legs, chest, bikini area, arms, chin, back, abdomen, and mustache area. However, before a laser hair removal session, some steps need to be followed to obtain the best results.
Use Sunscreen Daily
Before and after your treatment, protect the skin from the sun with sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. To avoid skin damage, you’ll have to be sunburn- and suntan-free on your appointment date. Then after the treatment, your skin will be more sensitive than usual, so avoid exposing yourself to the sun and always use sunscreen.
No Plucking, Waxing, and Tweezing
Avoid any treatment that removes hair by its roots. Waxing, tweezing, plucking, or electrolysis should be avoided 4-6 weeks before a laser hair removal treatment. The treatment involves using a laser to target the pigments and heat the hair follicle to disrupt hair growth.
Removing hair by the root before treatment means the laser won’t “see” it, which reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. So, hair roots need to be in place for permanent hair removal can be achieved.
Shave Before the Treatment
Be hairy but don’t get bushy. It’s advisable not to mess with the hair follicle before your treatment but trimming the surface hair is recommended. Use a razor to shave off the hair above the skin level 24 hours before your appointment. Shaving the day before and not the morning of the appointment allows the minor skin damage caused by shaving to recover.
Don’t Use Blood Thinners
It’s rare to bleed during laser hair removal. However, it’s good to avoid blood-thinning medicines (i.e., aspirin), herbs (i.e., ginseng), and supplements as a precaution for a few weeks before the treatment. Providers should give you a complete list of what to avoid when you come in for a consultation. Always consult with your doctor before stopping any prescribed medications.
The laser affects the part of the hair beneath the skin, meaning you won’t see an immediate difference after your treatment. However, you will notice that the hair sheds instead of growing over the next few weeks. Most people require several sessions to obtain the desired results. One has to wait for about a month between each session to allow the skin to recover.
Nirvelli Med Spa and Laser
Are you tired of shaving and seeking a permanent solution? Nirvelli Med Spa and Laser can help. Our team is skilled with the latest laser hair removal technology. We will examine your skin and recommend the best plan to give you the smooth skin you desire. Contact us today at 919-297-0107 and set up an appointment today.