January 31, 2014

Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular, especially with women who don’t have time to wax and shave on a regular basis. If you’re thinking about jumping into the trend with your own laser hair removal procedure, you probably have a few concerns on your mind. From the long-term effectiveness of laser hair removal to the safety of getting a fake tan after treatment, here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about laser hair removal.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Laser hair removal is a relatively intensive treatment, so it won’t be entirely painless. Some areas of the body are naturally more sensitive, but it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have any significant pain. In fact, laser hair removal should be a breeze compared to waxing. You’ll likely notice a slight snapping or poking sensation as the laser moves down your skin.

Are there side effects?

After your appointment, your skin might feel sensitive and have some redness. Shedding hair, a little bit of regrowth and itchy skin are all normal side effects that should fade away within the next two days. Because people react differently to the same type of treatment, be sure to discuss possible side effects with your technician before you get started.

How many laser hair removal treatments do I need to see results?

The number of sessions required will vary depending on your hair type and colour. To achieve long-term results, you’ll generally need at least six visits. Some areas, such as the upper lip, will require more treatments, as hair growth in this area is hormonal. Nevertheless, you should see a noticeable reduction in the amount and thickness of hair after a few visits.

Is laser hair removal really permanent?

It depends. While laser hair removal treatments are advertised as permanent, a small percentage of hair can grow back over time after some follicles recover. However, any hair that grows back will likely be lighter in colour and thinner. To maintain your results, you’ll need to return for additional treatments about every four to six months. Keep in mind that laser hair removal may not be effective if you have blonde, red or grey hair.

Can I continue to get fake tans after my treatment?

Speak to your therapist about using fake tans during your laser treatment. Some clinics advise you to avoid fake tan products for two weeks before each treatment (the time between visits is generally four to eight weeks). After your skin recovers, you can go back to getting regular fake tans, wearing your favourite makeup and using your go-to beauty products.

What happens after my first session?

To avoid damaging your skin after treatment, you’ll need to stay out of the sun and avoid plucking or waxing. Since your skin will be sensitive, you’ll also want to wait at least two days before exfoliating or taking hot showers. Your technician will give you a list of rules you’ll need to follow to prevent dryness and irritation.

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