If you’re not fond of conventional hair removal methods such as shaving, plucking, or using a hair removal cream, you may consider laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted body hair.
Benefits of laser hair removal:
Laser treatment is particularly useful if you want to get rid of the hair on your face, arms, legs, underarms, and bikini area or other parts since it has:
High accuracy: Laser treatment helps you address targeted areas easily without disturbing surrounding skin.
Short treatment time: Laser treatment requires only a small amount of time to remove the hair on all or a quarter of the targeted area. With smaller areas, laser treatment only takes one or several minutes. In cases of larger areas, you may need one or two hours.
Long-term effect: Most people who use laser hair removal experience permanent hair loss after 3 to 7 treatment sessions during the course of 20-24 weeks, depending on their age, host factor, hormone levels, and the amount of hair in the targeted area.
How to prepare for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal isn’t just about getting rid of unwanted hair. This procedure requires an aesthetician with extensive training who is able to foresee underlying risks and provide proper prevention. When shopping for a laser hair removal service, you should have a look at the profile and expertise of the doctor or aesthetician in charge of the procedure.
If you plan to get laser hair removal, avoid using other hair removal methods such as plucking, shaving, using hair removal cream, or electrolysis 6 weeks ahead. Since laser treatment directly targets your hair follicles, recent use of other hair removal methods may leave a gap on your skin which will be affected by the laser beams.
You also need to limit your sun exposure 6 weeks prior and after laser hair removal. Excessive sun exposure will reduce the effects of hair removal treatment and make complications more likely.
What will happen in a laser hair removal session?
Before starting, your aesthetician will ask you to trim a few millimeters of hair off. Then, adjustments will be made to the laser machine regarding the color, thickness, and position of your hair as well as your skin color to prepare for the treatment. You may experience some tingling in areas with thick hair after the first session.
Who shouldn’t get laser hair removal?
Although laser hair removal offers quick and long-term results, it’s not recommended in cases such as:
- The area requiring laser treatment has open wounds or sunburns
- Pregnant women
- The area requiring laser treatment has a malignant disease such as an infection, a lump or tumor, etc.
- People with diseases of the heart or kidney
- People with light sensitivity or who are using medication to treat light sensitivity
- People with burns or severe injuries
- People with diabetes, epilepsy, or hypertension
Underarm skin care after laser hair removal treatment
- During the 48 hours after laser hair removal, your skin is extremely sensitive so you shouldn’t use shower gels. If you need to take a shower, only use baby soap.
- Do your best to avoid sun exposure because after laser hair removal, your skin is thin and prone to irritation. If you are in the sun for long periods of time, you may get sunburns, soreness or other severe irritation problems.
- Try to stick to your treatment schedule to get the best results. When you visit the clinic for treatment, wear a long-sleeve shirt and trousers. Don’t forget to bring a sunscreen with high SPF (at least 30) to protect your skin after treatment.
- Within 30 days after laser hair removal treatment, pay close attention to your skin to monitor for any abnormal signs that may appear in the skin area which has just been treated. If you experience burning, irritation or any unusual signs, inform your aesthetician or aesthetic clinic right away for timely intervention.