Laser Hair Removal Tips
Laser hair removal is an excellent long-term solution for anyone who is sick and tired of dealing with unwanted hair on the body. There are plenty of hair removal options out there, but they all require at least semi-regular treatment. Shaving is often necessary multiple times a week!
With laser hair removal, you’ll never have to worry about weekly or even monthly treatments. First of all, this is more convenient and time-saving. And, you won’t have to worry about the constant pain, discomfort, and side effects, either!
Our clinic offers top-of-the-line laser hair removal in Las Vegas, and we know you’ll love the results. If you’re already planning to come in for treatment or are at least considering it, read on to learn if it’s right for you and how to be ready.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
Laser hair removal is a versatile treatment that is suitable for just about everyone. Historically, it hasn’t worked as well or been as safe for certain skin tones. However, recent advancements in technology have ensured that both light and dark skin tones can enjoy a safe and effective treatment.
While it’s a non-invasive and minimally risky procedure, there are some people who should avoid the treatment as it wouldn’t be safe.
Laser hair removal probably isn’t for you if:
- You’re currently pregnant
- You’re taking certain medications; acne treatments for example
- You have HSV-2 or are prone to cold sores
- You currently have or have had skin cancer
- You have keloid/raised scars in your desired treatment area
Unfortunately, the technology isn’t deemed safe for these groups of people. If you’re at all unsure about your current circumstance, we’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide clarification.
How to Prepare For Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser hair removal is not a complicated treatment, however, there are a few steps you must take to ensure proper safety and maximum efficacy:
Stop Waxing and Plucking
Laser hair removal targets the root of the hair, which is why you must refrain from waxing and plucking the hair as these treatments affect the roots. For the best results, you should stop these practices about six weeks before your scheduled treatment. If your appointments are more than six weeks apart, you can resume waxing and plucking in between, though it’s not recommended.
Avoid the Sun
While some vitamin D is good for you under normal circumstances, too much sun exposure right before treatment can cause discoloration and increased discomfort. A sunburn itself can cause severe pain and blistering and you won’t be able to receive treatment at all.
This includes the use of self-tanners and tanning beds. Though artificial, these treatments can also cause undesirable results and discoloration. Stop using these products, and start avoiding sun exposure about four weeks before your appointment. When you do go out, make sure to apply ample sunscreen, especially to the desired treatment area.
You should also avoid sun exposure and tanning for about two weeks after your laser treatment. The lasers can make your skin a little more sensitive and you may end up burning instead of tanning.
Sometimes, people bleach body hair to make it lighter and less noticeable, thus increasing the time between removal treatments. Unfortunately, this can make laser hair removal harder because the lasers target the pigment in the hair. Stop all bleaching about six weeks before treatment.
Some medications can cause problems with laser hair removal treatment. If you’re on anything at all, it’s best to speak with your doctor about laser hair removal before going through with it. They may advise you to avoid the treatment, or let you know how long before treatment to stop taking it – if this is possible.
Shave the Area
While waxing and plucking are a no-go, shaving removes the hair while leaving the root intact. This means that it won’t interfere with laser treatment. In fact, it’s recommended that you shave a day or two before your appointment as it reduces the chance of burning and irritation.
Remove all Makeup and Creams
Beauty products can potentially affect the results of laser hair removal and should be removed entirely before each treatment. This includes all makeup, ointments, oils, lotions, deodorants, and anything else.
If possible, don’t apply any product on the day of your appointment. Then, you won’t have anything to remove and won’t have to worry about anything being left behind!
Avoid Products that Cause Photosensitivity
While all products should be removed directly prior to treatment, it’s best to avoid things like retinol, salicylic acid, and hydroxy acids for about three days. These may make your skin more sensitive and thus more prone to discomfort and other side effects during and after treatment.
Avoid Intensive Skin Treatments
Botox, dermal filler injections, chemical peels, and even microdermabrasion can also affect the results and risks of laser hair removal. It’s recommended that you avoid all of these in your desired treatment area for about 14 days before laser hair removal.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
If you follow these recommendations, you’ll set yourself up for the safest and most effective treatment possible. Even with the best preparation, though, there are still a few risks involved with laser hair removal. Redness, discomfort, and mild swelling are common and should subside within a couple of days. Applying a cold compress can help relieve these symptoms.
Some rare but more severe side effects include burning, blistering, scaring, hyperpigmentation, and infection. You can reduce your risk of experiencing these by taking all the necessary precautions prior to your appointment.
Get Ready for Smooth and Beautiful Skin
Preparing for laser hair removal in Las Vegas is mostly ensuring you avoid and stop certain things within the recommended time frame. It may be tough to live without these things for a few weeks, but it’ll be more than worth it in the end.
By following these tips, you’re setting yourself up for an enjoyable experience and successful treatment! If you have any questions or concerns about these recommendations or the treatment itself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – our trained and knowledgable team is always happy to speak with you!
Laser Hair Removal Memberships
There are four levels of membership, each one lasts for 18 months:
- Three areas: $79/month
- Four areas: $89/month
- Five areas: $99/month
- Full body: $129/month
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