Things To Consider Before Starting A Laser Hair Removal Treatment

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Laser hair removal is when pulses of light are emitted, targeting your hair follicles. The hair follicle begins to die, but it may take multiple trips to the dermatologist to have these treatments in order to kill the hair follicles completely. Laser hair removal treatment is a great way to get rid of unwanted hair on any part of your body, so you don't have to spend time shaving or dealing with stubble. See below for things to consider before beginning a laser hair removal treatment:

It Takes Time

The treatment itself doesn't take much time, but you may need more than one treatment, so it will take some time out of your schedule to attend these treatments according to the schedule you've been given for your laser treatments. If you aren't up for this type of dedication or don't think you can attend all of the appointments, you may want to wait until you have more time in your schedule.

Hair Color Matters

The laser treatment may work better for darker hair colors, although it will work on lighter hair colors as well, it may just take a little longer to get rid of the hair. Laser hair treatments are effective on all types of skin tones and hair colors. 

No Sun Or Tanning

After you have had your laser hair treatment, you need to stay out of the sun. You also need to avoid sunless tanning and spray tanning products as well. Your skin will be sensitive, and you could damage your skin from any of these. Stay away from the sun and these sunless products for at least 7 - 14 days after you've had a treatment.

May Be Some Pain

Laser treatments are fairly pain-free, but you may experience a bit of pain, which can be managed with cooling machines (talk to your dermatologist about these). If you experience any pain after the treatment at all, you can manage it with topical ointments or even aspirin. Again, talk to your dermatologist about pain managing treatments.

Medications May Affect Results

Let your dermatologist know about any medications you may be taking, or if you are pregnant, as this may affect the results of your treatments. Medications such as acne medication can cause the treatment to not be quite as effective, so be upfront about any medications you are taking, or even if you just stopped using any medication.

Laser hair treatment is a great way to get rid of unwanted hair. Talk to your dermatologist to see if hair removal treatments are the right treatment for you.