There are plenty of ways to remove body hair in order to get the smooth, fuzz-free skin that fashionable society demands. But ongoing tasks like shaving, waxing, and using depilatory creams can be pricey and time-consuming. And the results only last for a limited amount of time. Laser hair removal may cost more up front, but you stand to save a lot in the long run by undergoing such treatments. Not only can you permanently remove hair from just about any area on your body, saving you the time it takes to eliminate the same hair over and over again, but you’ll also save on the cost of razors, creams, and trips to the esthetician for waxing. That said, you need to prepare accordingly so that you ensure the best possible results when you decide to stop wasting time and money on temporary hair removal.
First of all, you’re going to need to stop tweezing, waxing, and otherwise removing unwanted hair at the root in the weeks leading up to your appointment. If you want the best possible chances to rid your body of hair for good, your dermatologist providing you with laser hair removal treatment needs to be able to target the hair follicle, and the easiest way to do this is to let it grow for at least six weeks before your scheduled treatment. But you are going to need to shave the day of your treatment. The reason is that this will allow the laser to target only the follicle, or the root of your hair, which is the portion that needs to be zapped in order to diminish future growth. Still, it could take several treatments to completely eliminate hair.
Next, you need to understand that not everyone is a good candidate for laser hair removal. The procedure works best on those who are fair-skinned and dark haired. Because the laser targets dark pigmentation, it will not be successful when treating blond or gray hair because the roots of these hairs don’t have pigment.
Many with dark skin wonder if they can have laser hair removal. They can, but expertise is needed. Experience and the proper type of laser are needed. Also, with darker skin, more treatments may be needed to for best results.
Finally, you need to be aware that there is some discomfort involved in the process. Modern lasers have built-in features to reduce pain such as cooling tips. If you are sensitive or have a low threshold for pain, you can also ask your dermatologist for numbing cream prior to treatment. Follow your doctor’s guidelines, though. Too much numbing cream can be dangerous. You may also want to avoid caffeine in the days leading up to your treatment. With these things in mind, you stand to have the best possible experience and you’ll get the most from your laser hair removal appointment.