For years, we have fought the fuzz by shaving, plucking, waxing and using foul smelling hair removal creams in order to feel comfortable in a sleeveless blouse or killer LBD.
Sure shaving is a cost effective solution, but it is also a short-term fix with stubble showing one or two days after (if you’re one of the lucky ones). Waxing, on the other hand, gives us that silky smooth feeling for longer but requires over a week of hair growth prior to treatment which, let’s be honest we just do not have time for these days!
If you’re ready to start considering a more permanent solution to hair removal then laser treatment is the way to go. However, laser hair removal is not an overnight solution to unwanted hair growth and there are some things to consider prior to your treatment.
If you decide to go ahead with laser hair removal you will need to plan your treatment wisely. Tanned or sun damaged skin is unsuitable for laser treatment so you will need to stay out of the sun for approximately 4-6 weeks prior to your appointment. This also means staying clear of tanning beds and cosmetic tanning lotions and creams.
The same rules apply after treatment. Your skin will be sensitive to sunlight so invest in some good quality SPF and avoid any harsh chemicals such as perfumes and deodorants for the first week after your session.
IS MY SKIN SUITABLE?
The lasers used for the procedure have come a long way since first being introduced and most hair and skin types can now benefit from treatment. Make sure that you complete a patch test before booking your treatment to discover how well the skin reacts to laser light and ensure you will not be left with any scarring after treatment.
Unlike waxing laser hair removal does not require you to grow out any of your hair beforehand. You will however, be required to shave the area that are being treated. It is usually best to shave these areas the night before as to avoid any unwanted shaving rash prior to your session.
Laser hair removal works differently on different skin types so do not be disappointed if you leave your first session without feeling completely hair free. The process takes time and in most cases 5-6 sessions are required for each area treated. The time between each treatment is also a factor in how effective they are. The best result are often seen in cases where the treatment is consistent so stick with it, most women start to notice result after 2-3 months.
Remind yourself that being patient now will be worth it in the long run, saving you time and money in the future. Laser hair removal can permanently reduce up to 85% of unwanted body hair and any hairs that are left behind are often unnoticeable.
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