Preparing for your Laser Hair Removal – Part 2

Preparing for your Laser Hair Removal – Part 2

It is important to look your best. Not only does it boost your self confidence, but it also helps you be more productive both in your business and personal life. Unfortunately for many, unwanted body hair is an issue that can cause you to be ever conscious of your appearance, and this takes away from energy that could be focused in a positive manner. While hair can be easily shaved, it grows back quickly, and, for those suffering with body hair that cannot be covered by clothing, the regrowth can become evident before the end of a workday. There is a solution with laser hair removal, and there are some tips to follow to ensure you are properly prepared to undergo the process.

Stop Tanning

While a sun-kissed tan may give you confidence and help you overcome a pale appearance, it is necessary to cease tanning prior to laser hair removal. When you tan, whether it be in a tanning bed or out in the sun, the skin can become burned. Laser hair removal involves the use of intensive rays, and skin that has been tanned has a higher risk of becoming damaged.

In order to remove the hair at the root, the laser’s intensity must be at a certain level, and those who come in for the treatment with a tan require that the technician lower the intensity. While this protects the skin that is already damaged, it fails to properly remove the hair, and it will likely grow back. Once you have received the removal services, it is recommended that you avoid tanning. The skin will be sensitive, and this could cause healing time to take much longer.

Avoid Sunless Tanners

While most can understand the reasoning behind ceasing tanning before laser hair removal, many feel they can replace their previous regimen with a sunless tanner. While it likely will not exacerbate the irritation following the procedure, darker skin absorbs more of the laser’s energy. However, you are trying to remove hair, and it is desirable for the energy to be focused on the follicles. Using sunless tanners can cause your procedure to be much less successful than anticipated.

Use Sunscreen

During the days after your removal procedure, your skin will be highly sensitive. As a result, it is important to protect it closely. The UV rays from the sun can damage the epidermis, and this risk heightens following laser hair removal. Following your treatment, wear a sunscreen with an SPF of no less than 20 if you plan to be out in the sun.

Do Not Pluck or Tweeze

During the hair removal process, the laser is attempting to locate the hair follicle. When you tweeze, it is difficult for the laser to detect the follicle, and you will be disappointed when you notice the hair begin growing back. It is recommended that you do shave prior to receiving the treatment to eliminate obstacles in the laser’s search for follicles. Just avoid the urge to pluck or wax.

Wear Loose Clothing

The laser hair removal process does irritate the skin. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of your procedure. If the area is in an acceptable area, leave it completely exposed to help hasten the healing process.

Ease Your Nerves

As with any procedure of this type, it can be easy to become very nervous during the hours leading up to the big moment. If you find yourself becoming anxious, remember to avoid caffeine, and apply a topical anesthetic prior to treatment.

The experienced staff at Calista Skin and Laser Center uses only state-of-the-art technology and products to provide you with the most effective results. Among laser hair removal, Calista also specializes in an array of other skin procedures to help you feel at your most beautiful. For most information, contact us today at 817-203-4925.

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