Fall is a great time to start your laser hair removal journey in preparation for next spring and summer. It’s best to get treatment when the skin has no color from the sun or self tanners, which is typically in the fall or winter.
Laser hair removal is an aesthetic treatment that offers patients a long-lasting hair removal option. The best candidate for laser hair removal is an individual with darker hair and light skin. The laser is attracted to the darker hair because it contains the most melanin. The laser is not ideal for individuals who have darker skin or a dark natural or self tan because of the laser’s attraction to melanin. If the laser is used on darker skin the skin can actually absorb the laser which can result in skin discoloration.
What areas can laser hair removal address?
As long as the unwanted hair is in an area that has dark hair and light skin, it can be treated. However, depending on how many areas being treated, the patient may need to come back for a separate session to prevent heating up the body too much by treating all of the desired areas in one session.
Common areas addressed by laser hair removal:
- Face (chin, upper lip, sideburns, etc.)
- Legs (full or half)
- Bikini line
How to prepare for laser hair removal
The day of treatment we ask that any area being treated is clean shaved. It is also important that all areas being treated are free of any oil, lotion, creams or makeup. If your underarms are being treated, deodorant will be removed at the beginning of your treatment.
What to avoid:
Sun exposure/self tanning: Direct sun exposure or tanning bed should be avoided on the areas being treated for at least 4-6 weeks and for at least 2 weeks after. If you are self tanning, we ask that it is faded or completely removed.
Tweezing, waxing and electrolysis: All three of these hair removal methods disturb how each hair follicle is anchored into the skin and could result in an ineffective laser hair removal treatment.
Certain skincare products: Harsh chemicals that are used on the face and body should be avoided for at least one week before and after treatment to avoid irritation (AHA, retinol, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide).
To learn more about our laser hair removal in Draper, Layton, SLC and surrounding areas, please call our office at (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.