Every girl dreams of smooth and hair-free skin. With other hair removal techniques experienced to be annoying and painful, many have now started resorting to laser hair removal to get rid of the body hair.
With only a few laser hair removal treatment sessions, one can have a body free from hair and be able to wear their favorite shorts and dresses confidently.
While it is natural to get enticed by the promise of having a care-free and hair-free life, there are some important things you should know before you decide to go for your first hair removal session-
Knowledge of treatment
The treatment’s name may sound a little intimidating, but it is not as complicated as one might think. It is simply removing hair using energy from the laser, destroying the hair follicle. Once destroyed, it cannot produce more hair.
Some of the most popular types of laser hair removal techniques are – Intense Pulsed Light (for pale skin and light hair), Alexandrite (for olive skin), Nd: YAG (for dark skin), Ruby (for fair skin), and Diode (preferable for most skins).
Unlike waxing and shaving, laser treatment doesn’t give you immediate results. Only after taking two to three weeks of the first session will you experience some noticeable difference. You have to be got enough patience and wait until eight to twelve weeks before seeing complete results. Moreover, you have to ensure that you don’t skip your scheduled appointments as different hair follicles have their own growth time duration, and you would need to undergo a prescribed number of sessions to get rid of all.
It can be a little painful.
As previously mentioned, laser hair removal works by sending the light of a laser through the pigment in the hair to destroy the hair’s root; it can cause a quick sharp pain on thinner and sensitive areas of skin. New to this treatment and about to start their first session should prepare their minds accordingly. However, some laser experts use numbing creams and have equipment with cooling mechanisms to make the treatment more comfortable for their clients.
With the benefit of not getting to see your hair back soon, a little pain is surely worth it. At least it is better than the pain you face during waxing!
Sun can be envious pre & post-treatment
Exposing your skin before your treatment is a big no-no. Dermatologists usually recommend not going out in the sun for two to four weeks before attending your first session. The laser used for removing hair is actually attracted to the pigment in the hair follicle. If you have a tan, then the beam would get attracted to the color in your skin, leading to discoloration, redness, and, at worst, burning the skin.
You also need to avoid exercising, hot showers, sunbathing, and sun exposure for a few days after your treatment. This is important to give maximum protection to your skin and save your hair follicles from getting upset right after treatment.