Laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular – after a few sessions you probably never need to shave again, and in general it’s much less painful than waxing, sugaring or epilating the hairs away. I’m actually doing laser hair removal at home and I’ve found it really interesting. I’ve also wrote a week by week diary which I will publish in the new year.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, then it pays to do your research first. It can be oh-so-easy to find yourself lured in with the promise of finally being able to live stubble-free, but it’s hugely important that you get yourself well read up on the facts – and the potential side effects – first, so that you’re doubly sure it’s going to be the best option for you. Here are some of the key things to keep in mind if you’re considering this treatment.
Laser hair removal works by sending a laser light through the pigment in the hair. The light then converts to heat, which damages the hair follicle and bulb – that’s how it stops the hair from growing back. Sounds painful, right? Actually, it’s not as bad as it sounds, according to people who’ve had it done. Many liken it to a quick, sharp pain – not dissimilar to plucking the hair out, and definitely not as painful as waxing. Be careful if you’re going for the treatment on areas with thinner skin, though – your nose, temples or chin for example – as these areas do tend to hurt a little more.
If you want quick results, then laser hair removal treatment probably isn’t the right option for you. It will take around two to three weeks before you start to see any difference after your first session, and around eight to twelve sessions in order to see the full result. And, you’ll need to wait around six weeks in between your appointments to make sure that you give your body adequate time to rest and heal. If you’re up for all of that, then you’ll need to make sure that you are regular with your appointments, too – your hair follicles will all be at different growth stages, so it’s important to go regularly to ensure they all get a chance to get zapped.
Unlike waxing, where it’s best to have some hair for the wax to grip onto, it’s best to shave or at least use a hair trimmer before you go for laser hair removal treatment. If you’re worried about making sure you prepare correctly, speak to one of the best laser hair removal technicians at this clinic who can guide you through the process and make sure that you’ve got all the info you need. The laser can react to any hair on the skin’s surface, which can cause some irritation and a nasty burning smell – so make sure that you remove it first.
Whatever you do, don’t plan a long work out just after getting laser hair removal. For twenty-four hours after your treatment, you should avoid doing anything that raises your temperature, because the heat from the laser will stay in your skin for this long. So, avoid the gym, saunas, hot baths or showers, sunbathing, and anything else warming – if you do, you’re running the risk of creating an extra warm environment for bacteria to multiply in, leaving you with infections or spots.
If you use products like glycolic acid, scrubs, or retinol creams as part of your regular beauty routine, then you’ll probably need to make some changes both before and after your treatment. Typically, you should avoid using these kinds of products two days before and two days after the procedure – your technician will let you know if they think you should avoid them for longer. If you’re booked in for laser hair removal London and aren’t sure what beauty products you can and can’t use, then don’t be afraid to call up or drop in beforehand to double check – any good technician will be more than happy to guide you through the dos and don’ts.
Finally, bear in mind that even after your carefully timed 8-12 sessions, there may be a need for you to return in the future for top-up sessions. Most people who undergo laser hair removal report a 90% permanent reduction in hair growth, but there are some instances where the hair may grow back – hormone fluctuations in pregnancy, for example.
There are plenty of reasons why laser hair removal is getting so popular, and why you might be thinking about getting it. But before you jump straight into your first session, take some time to get clued up on what to do and not to do, and what to expect from the procedure.