Many times people focus on how they will care for their skin after getting a laser hair removal treatment, but don’t think about what they need to do in order to prepare for the treatment. The right preparation regimen will go a long way in determining the success and effectiveness of the procedure. Even the best hair removal procedure won’t be as effective if your hair isn’t the right length or if other issues arise. Consulting with your medical professional well in advance of your procedure is ideal, but here are some other preparation tips to consider as well.
Avoid Plucking or Waxing Before Treatments
Since laser hair removal treatments are designed to target the roots of each hair follicle, the roots need to be intact. Therefore, plucking and waxing should be avoided at least 4-6 weeks before your treatment. This will ensure each hair follicle has enough melanin to absorb the energy from the laser and maximize the effectiveness.
Limit Sun Exposure
Sun exposure before and after your laser hair removal treatment can have an impact on the effectiveness of the procedure. The rays from the sun can damage your hair, depending on how much it was exposed to it. If you have had extensive sun exposure within four weeks of your scheduled treatment, it’s best to consult with your medical professional to determine whether the procedure should be rescheduled. Many times a sunburn will require a rescheduled treatment, but each individual situation is different.
Ensure Your Hair is The Right Length
The length of the hair being removed is an important consideration. If your hair is too long, then the wavelength from the laser will actually disperse throughout the length of the hair and not target the follicle. Shorter hair is often acceptable, but the general rule of thumb is to have your hair be no longer than about 1-2mm long at the time of your laser hair removal treatment. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, so your medical professional can help you determine when you should shave prior to your treatment to maximize the effectiveness.
Skin Deep Laser Services offers affordable laser hair removal treatments to clients in Washington DC, Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax, VA. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the treatment thoroughly based on your specific skin type and hair growth. We are always available to answer any questions you have before, during and after the procedure, so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.