If you are not satisfied with other hair removal tactics such as tweezing and shaving, you should consider laser hair removal. The laser cosmetic procedure is used to remove hair from the face, chin, arms, underarms, back, bikini line, thighs, legs, and other areas. The aesthetician will concentrate a beam of light on your hair follicles. The pigment in the hair follicles will then absorb the light and destroy the hair.
There are many reasons to love laser hair removal, which is the most common cosmetic procedure in the US. First, the procedure can target specific areas with coarse hair without damaging the surrounding skin. Secondly, it is very fast, treating many hairs simultaneously with just one pulse. Thirdly, the laser procedure can result in permanent hair loss after you undergo several sessions, which means you get to forget about your hair woes forever.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
A laser procedure is a medical procedure that requires expertise to perform as it carries potential risks. You should, therefore, choose your doctor or technician based on their certifications and level of experience.
Start preparing for a laser procedure about two months in advance. Do not get rid of body hair through any of the other methods, including plucking and electrolysis. These methods can remove the roots, which are usually the target of a laser procedure. Avoid exposing yourself to the sun and put on sunscreen to reduce the likelihood of complications after laser hair removal. Other products you should avoid include retinol, glycolic acid, scrubs, chemical peels, and fake tans.
What to Expect
First, the aesthetician will trim your hair to just a few millimetres. Secondly, he or she will numb the area undergoing laser to reduce the sting of the laser pulses. Depending on the location of your hair and its colour and thickness, the technician will make a suitable adjustment to the laser equipment. You should also wear eye and skin protection. For skin protection, you will apply a cold gel.
Once all the precautions are in place, the aesthetician will pass a pulse of light on the area and watch it to ensure there are no negative reactions. After the procedure, the technician will give you icepack, cold water, or anti-inflammatory lotions to ease the discomfort. After a month to six weeks, you can schedule a second treatment and more after that, until your hair stops growing.
Apply moisturizers on your skin to smooth it and ease any discomfort. Also, avoid the sun and wear sunscreen whenever you have to be out in the sun. You also have to avoid going to the gym, sauna, and spa; and taking hot showers. A warm environment can cause bacteria to thrive, which will cause spots to develop on your skin.
It may take a few weeks for the result of a laser hair removal procedure to be evident, but you will finally enjoy reduced hair, smooth and clear skin, reduction of ingrown hair, and lesser skin irritation.