You guessed it—laser hair removal treatments! Sun exposure either before or after your laser treatment increases your risk of adverse side effects, such as hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, and can also diminish the effectiveness of your treatments. That’s why it’s easier to get laser treatments this time of year, when you’re already bundled up!
To get the most out of your laser hair removal, here are a few things you should do before starting treatment so you can flaunt hair-free, care-free skin next summer.
1. Schedule your treatments in advance.
Advance planning gives you time to stay out of the sun so your skin can heal and return to its normal, non-tanned color. Laser hair removal works best when there’s a significant contrast of lighter skin with darker hair roots. This is because the laser is designed to target your hair follicle, not the surrounding skin, and it has an easier time identifying and disabling hair follicles when they are darker than skin. At AVIE!, we offer a variety of treatments for all skin types. But since certain lasers may be dangerous for darker skin tones, we offer free consultations to determine the right laser for you.
2. Stop plucking or waxing and start shaving.
Switch to shaving your treatment areas at least one month (or more, if possible) before your treatments start. Laser hair removal targets your hair roots and destroys them to prevent any new hair growth over the long term, which means it won’t work without the roots of your hair follicles intact. Simply put, if you pluck the roots out, the laser won’t have anything to destroy.
3. Schedule a series of treatments.
Laser hair removal often requires a series of treatments to get the results you want. This is because your hair grows in stages, and laser hair removal only works on active hair follicles. Since hair roots aren’t consistently active, it can take multiple treatments to target every hair root needed.
To get the best results, be sure to schedule your treatment with a professional who is properly licensed and has extensive experience performing laser hair removal treatments. AVIE!’s highly trained and experienced staff has performed thousands of successful laser hair removal treatments. To learn more or schedule your personal consultation, call 703.870.3844 or request a personal consultation today.