As the warmer months approach, you may consider permanent hair removal. This relieves the stress of constantly running back and forth to weekly wax appointments, giving you extra time on your hands. Unlike other skin laser treatments, preparing before your laser hair removal treatment is vital. If it’s your first time and you need some help getting started, the experts at Harley Institute can provide pertinent information and guidance. Leverage our extensive knowledge and expertise to enjoy exceptional laser hair removal in Atlanta. Here are some of the things to consider before permanent hair removal.
Stop Plucking and Waxing
If you are scheduled for a laser hair removal treatment, it is essential that you avoid waxing or plucking to ensure the effectiveness of the procedure. The process entails using lasers to target the roots of the hair, and both of these practices eliminate hair from the roots. If you have recently waxed, stay for about six weeks before going for laser treatment to give your hair roots time to develop. We usually schedule appointments at 8 to 10-week intervals, giving you enough time to resume and stop waxing before the next appointment. However, shaving doesn’t deter the procedure as it doesn’t tamper with the roots.
Shave the Area
As stated earlier, waxing and plucking the treatment area should stop six weeks before treatment, but shaving is recommended 24 to 48 hours before the procedure. Lasers emit wavelengths that target the root hair, and the presence of hair can increase the risk of burns. Shaving clears the treatment site, allowing the laser to target the pigment in the hair roots effectively. Consult a professional for more information about the procedure to ensure you are fully prepared and aware of what is required.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Warm weather usually means spending time outside and fresh outdoor air. However, it is crucial to keep the skin treated from direct sun exposure for two weeks before laser hair removal. This includes self-tanners and tanning beds since their use can lead to discoloration of the treatment site. It also makes the skin extra sensitive after the procedure, leaving it susceptible to sunburn and subsequent effects like blisters. If the treated area can’t be covered, use sunscreen regularly.
Put Down the Bleach
As mentioned earlier, lasers emit a wavelength that targets a pigment found in the root hairs to destroy the hair permanently. When you bleach your hair, the pigment in your hair is altered, making it more difficult for the laser to target. We recommend stopping any bleaching activity at least six weeks before laser hair removal treatment, which is sufficient time for your hair roots to grow back the natural pigment.
Remove Makeup or Creams
Some of the ingredients in beauty products can affect the results of permanent hair removal and should be removed before each appointment. This includes deodorants, lotions, makeup, ointments, and anything applied topically to the treatment area. Use soap and water to cleanse the skin, and be sure to rinse properly.
Contact us at Harley Institute and schedule your laser hair removal in Atlanta today. Following these recommendations lowers the risk of side effects, such as discoloration or burns. Additionally, we’ll provide pertinent information to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.