Your Essential Guide to Preparing for Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Many of us have certain issues with body hair which we want to be addressed. You may have excessive hair on your legs, or you may want to do away with back or shoulder hair once and for all. To address these hair issues, you may have already resorted to shaving, waxing, and so on – with unsatisfactory results. Fortunately, there is one treatment which has proven worthy: laser hair removal. With laser hair removal treatment, you can do away with unwanted hair, if not permanently, at least for a very long time. But just like other treatments, it carries risks, so you have to properly prepare for it. Here’s your all-important guide to preparing for laser hair removal treatment.
Schedule a consultation
Before you go ‘under the laser’ you should schedule a consultation with the specialist first. During the consultation, a good technician or specialist should assess your medical records and ask you about recent medication you have been taking. They should also discuss the procedure with you, including its risks, its benefits, and what you can expect. The consultation should also include a skin test so the specialist will know what level or frequency to use.
Preparing yourself for the procedure
There are also some steps you should take in order to prepare yourself physically for the procedure. Although laser hair removal treatment is relatively painless, it comes with certain risks, as mentioned, such as a laser burn, skin discolouration, skin patches, rashes, and so on. By preparing yourself (and making sure you have a good specialist as well), you can reduce these risks and enhance your safety during and even after the procedure.
- Avoid the sun
One of the best ways you can prepare for hair removal by laser treatment is to avoid the sun before your procedure. Most specialists would agree that if you avoid the sun for about 4 to 6 weeks prior to the procedure, you are good to go. Also, if you currently have a tan, it would be a good idea to wait until your tan is no longer there or has faded completely before going through the procedure. If you have a tan, you may be increasing the likelihood of side effects like excessive lightening of the skin.
- Don’t pluck or wax
A good technician will tell you not to pluck, wax, or undergo electrolysis before the procedure, as these activities can interfere with the hair removal procedure by disturbing the follicle of the hair. The good news is that shaving is actually suggested so the laser will not focus on the hair on the skin’s surface, but rather on the hair’s roots.
If you have properly prepared yourself for laser hair removal treatment and still become victim to burns, rashes, discolouration, and so on, the technician may be legally liable. Always protect yourself – and claim compensation if necessary.