What are the Dont’s for Laser Hair Removal?

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What are the Dont’s for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is an efficient and convenient alternative for anyone looking to reduce hair growth on various locations of the body. Like all beauty procedures, however, there are particular precautions and ‘don’ts’ to consider, in order to ensure the process is as effective and as safe as it should be. Here we delve into the main points to consider when contemplating laser hair removal.

Don’t Skip Research
Before embarking on your laser hair removal journey, it is important to do your research. Not all clinics will have the same level of skill or use the latest technology. Go to a reputable clinic, with tried and tested professionals, as well as state of the art machines. Looking up reviews online and asking for recommendations will help you understand what service you can expect.

Don’t Forget Skin Preparation Rules
Your skin will need to be treated in a particular way before you start your course of laser hair removal sessions. One of the most crucial rules is that it should not be tanned. This means a complete avoidance of sunbathing, tanning beds, or using self-tanning products. This is because the laser can cause side effects, such as burns or pigment changes, and tanned skin will only enhance this risk. On top of that, you should also stop waxing or plucking hairs in the area to be treated around four weeks before the session, as these methods remove the roots of the hair, which is what the laser targets.

“I want to be 100% hair-free in time for bikini season… tomorrow.”
Sorry, friend. Laser hair removal can be a commitment. Some people don’t see a significant reduction until after their fourth to sixth treatment. Reason? Hair grows in cycles, and the laser is most effective when the hair is in the “growth” phase. Spacing the treatments a few weeks apart allows you to target as many hairs as possible in their growth phase, for smoother, longer-lasting results.

Don’t diddle with devices on non-approved areas
Most parts of the body are fair game for laser hair removal, but don’t just assume every part. That’s a convo you should have with a pro. As a general rule: don’t zap anywhere in the “top of the eye lids” region — unless you’re equipped to treat that area with a specific eye-safe laser. (read: not every place can.)

Don’t disregard side effects
Don’t panic: Laser hair removal is safe, but it’s a medical procedure, so there are some potential side effects. Common side effects include redness and swelling, but more serious side effects can include burns, scabbing even scarring or changes in skin pigmentation. They are rare, but if your treatment isn’t performed properly, you put yourself at more risk.

At Harley Laser Specialist, we offer a free consultation for when you’re hoping to opt for laser hair removal. We understand especially as first timers, there might be concerns because it’s not something you’re familiar with. We are here to answer any questions you may have and we are more than happy to address to dos and don’ts before your treatment to mitigate any potential risks!

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