For a laser hair removal treatment procedure to be effective, there are a number of steps you should follow to prepare for the laser hair removal process as we shall discuss below.
Effective Laser Hair Removal – How Best To Prepare
•Prepare Your Skin
Firstly, one should prepare the skin prior to laser hair removal through shaving all the areas that would be exposed to the hair removal process. Without shaving the hair above, the surface hairs may absorb all the
laser energy and maintain heat on the surface. This can harm the skin by burning the skin surface and creating a darker pigmentation or color on the skin.
•Avoid Waxing Or Plucking Your Hair
For laser hair removal to be effective, the hair needs to be present in the follicle. This means waxing, threading and tweezing must be avoided before treatment as the hairs will be removed from the follicle and there will not be a target for the laser energy to be absorbed in the hair follicle making the follicle not to be destroyed.
You’ll also need to avoid bleaching your hair as there’s no pigment in bleached hair for the laser to target. laser needs pigmented follicles to target.
You can shave in between treatments but remember that the treated hair will start to fall out of its own accord 1-2 weeks after your first treatment.
•Don’t Use Photosensitive Drugs Before Treatment
Use of any photosensitive drugs or skin care products at least 24 hours before the treatment is not recommended as this may interfere with the effectiveness of the laser hair removal procedure.
Lastly, another key point that is rarely known is that it is important to note is hydrate yourself before the procedure. This means taking water before the treatment process. The importance of hydration is to make the hairs on the skin to stand therefore making the laser energy to be more effective to reach the root hairs.
It is also important to know what to do after undergoing the hair removal procedure. This is to ensure that there are no complications arising from the procedure and to increase the effectiveness of your laser hair removal treatment.
• After the laser hair removal treatment, you will experience swelling around the treated area. The area may also feel warm and tender to touch as a result of the laser energy coming into contact with the skin. Applying ice around the area experiencing swelling will reduce it as it provides a cooling effect on the skin.
• Application of natural ointment such as aloe vera over the treated area can also prove useful as it will promote faster healing.
•As the skin in which the laser hair removal treatment is tender, it is advised not to expose the skin to extreme conditions such as steam or hot water as it may lead to the skin generating dark spots.
•Applying cosmetic products over the tender treatment skin may also lead to irritation leading to scratching which will in turn scar the area. It is, therefore, recommended give the skin at least a week to heal
before applying any cosmetic products
Following these steps as well as well as getting to understand the whole laser hair removal procedure will enable one to have an effective treatment process.