7 Things To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on October 4, 2018

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of perfectly smooth legs. Whether you’re hitting the beach or spending the night out with friends, silky smooth legs and well-sculpted brows are must-have accessories. Unfortunately, that means spending hours shaving, waxing, and tweezing.

Imagine not having to worry about maintaining bikini lines or eyebrows. Sounds like the stuff of fantasy, right?

With laser hair removal, you can do just that. These long-term treatments reduce the need for tedious shaving and plucking, and they’re more affordable than you might think.

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But, you have questions, and that’s good. Having a solid understanding of what laser hair removal is – and is not – is the first step toward a rewarding and successful experience. To help make sure your experience with laser hair removal is just that, we’ve put together this list of seven things you might want to consider if laser hair removal is on your short list for summer maintenance.

1. Not all hair can be lasered.

Today’s lasers work by picking up the pigment in the hair. The darker, the better — particularly if you have fair skin. Lighter hair colors such as blonde, red, or gray may not contain enough pigment to be detected and, subsequently, targeted.

2. It's fast and relatively pain-free.

Depending on the size of the area you’re having touched up, most treatments last from just a few minutes to an hour. Additionally, because the laser is used in short bursts, the initial pinprick of pain that could be felt in sensitive areas quickly numbs, making the procedure easily tolerable.

3. Avoid the sun before your procedure.

While a tan is a must in the summer, it’s not ideal for laser hair removal. When you’re tanned, the pigment in your skin more closely matches that of the hair follicle, making it harder for the laser to detect.  For better results, try to avoid the sun for a month before your procedure. This makes fall, winter, and early spring are the best time for laser treatments.

AdobeStock_1167957454. Avoid tweezing or waxing before your appointment

Again, the laser targets the pigment in the hair. The best source of pigment is the hair follicle so, for the procedure to work, the follicle needs to be present. Avoid tweezing and waxing for at least two weeks before your appointment.

On the other hand, shaving is completely fine. In fact, it may enhance your procedure’s success rate, especially if you have fair skin.

5. Don’t expect a completely permanent hair removal outcome.

Laser hair removal is termed by the FDA as “permanent hair reduction.”  Regrowth can and does occur. The newer hairs that grow in are typically finer and lighter than the previous hair, making them harder to detect visually. For many, this makes the treatment well worthwhile, but do expect occasional touch-ups to be necessary.

6. You will need more than just one treatment.

Laser hair removal takes multiple sessions because the best time to hit the follicles with the laser is during an active growth phase. This occurs only once approximately every six weeks

Not all hairs will be in that active phase at the same time. The average person needs six treatments to see optimal results.

7. Check your medications.

Some medications can make your skin more susceptible to the laser’s beam, which can cause pigment abnormalities or burns. Be sure to review all the medications you’re taking with your laser hair removal provider before your first appointment.

Get Lasting Smoothness With Laser Hair Removal

If you’re looking for a procedure that can free you from razors, tweezers, or messy wax, laser hair removal may be right for you. Long-lasting smoothness is well worth the minimal disruption to your daily life.

Ready to toss your razor? Schedule a consultation with The Spa at Proffer Surgical and find out how laser hair removal can get you beach-ready in no time!


Topics: Skin care, Laser Hair Removal, Waxing, Spa