How to Get the Most Benefit from Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is quickly becoming a very popular option for those wanting to remove hair permanently but long term results will vary by person.
1. Realize that laser hair removal (LHR) works best on dark hair and light skin. Light hairs may need to be artificially darkened in order for the laser to target them.
2. Avoid removing hair by the roots (tweezing, waxing, etc) for at least 6 weeks before your treatment. Only shave or use a depilatory like Nair on your hair (these products only remove hair above the skin) to manage growth.
3. Select a treatment facility that uses newer technology to minimize pain, such as the Candela GentleLASE which prepares your skin for the laser an instant before the pulse with a coolant spray. This particular laser also uses an Alexandrite laser which has a very long wavelength to penetrate deeper roots than many other lasers.
4. Get a consultation! Meet the technician and have him/her perform a test pulse before you commit to anything.
5. Shave closely right before your treatment. This will minimize the pain.
6. Avoid caffeine for 24 hours before your treatment. This will help with pain as well, and you’ll be more relaxed.
7. During the treatment, expect pain. It can be described as a rubber band slapping your skin or like tweezing multiple hairs at once.
8. Provide the technician with feedback regarding your pain. They may need to adjust the intensity of the laser, the coolant, or, in some cases, use a numbing cream on your skin.
9. Communicate with your technician after the procedure. When you leave the office, you should be slightly red and you may see red circles in more sensitive areas of your skin. Old technology lasers left you burned for a few days, but newer technology should leave you recovered within an hour.
10. Be aware of how laser treatment works. You should notice that for the next 24 hours, the treated hairs will not grow. After that time, they will start to “grow” at about half the former rate until they have been expelled enough to be removed. You can help the “shedding” process with a washcloth in the shower. Some hairs may be loose enough to be grabbed with your fingers, but you can also use tweezers to pull them out. Do not remove hairs that give resistance — the hairs that are ready to come out will be removed without even feeling it. Resistance means the root still lives, and you’ll have to wait for that hair to die in your next treatment. Tweezing it will only slow your overall process.