How to make Laser Hair Removal more effective?

Effective Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has become one of the most commonly used methods to eliminate unwanted hair growth.  Most often laser and IPL are the preferred method of hair removal now. It’s safe, effective, and more permanent than any other method such as waxing, plucking, shaving, and electrolysis.

The process has been thoroughly tested and is clinically proven to remove or reduce hair quickly, without affecting the surrounding skin. As a result, you can get the results you want with minimal or no downtime.  At most, your skin may be a little red for a day or two.  Some people describe it as having mild sunburn for the first several hours.

However, you still need to do your homework and make sure you go to a reputable laser clinic. There are reports of people getting burned and scarred by incompetent/irresponsible technicians. There’s also some risk of side effects like blistering and swelling, mostly minor stuff.

 So what can you can do to make your sessions more effective?

  1. Choose Laser therapist with vast experience. Do not assume everyone who offers laser hair removal use the same type of technology. How much hair that can be removed depends on the professional doing the removing and the equipment being used. A true professional will let you know before starting what your chances will to become hair free. Laser hair technology has grown, and as a result lasers utilized for hair removal procedures can indeed treat most patients (with a variety of skin tones), yet laser hair removal is not as effective on individuals with red, white, grey, or extremely blonde hair. Individuals with these physical characteristics will not be able to realize the full potential of laser hair removal.
  2. Understand you need multiple sessions. One of the most common mistakes people make is going into their first session and thinking everything will be taken care of at once. Laser hair removal technology only has the ability to affect hair in the early growth phase.  On every part of your body, your hair follicles are constantly cycling between the growth phase and a dormant phase. Some hair follicles may not be exposed when you go but they will be the next time. As a result, every area will require multiple sessions, regardless of how large or small it is.  This is the only way to get the ideal results you desire.  By understanding this from the very beginning, you will be significantly more satisfied with your results after each session.
  3. No plucking, electrolysis, bleaching or depilatories should be performed at least two weeks prior to treatment. The hair must be present, a short stubble, and with its natural hair color in order to be treated effectively. This will ensure the laser hair removal session targets all of the follicles in the growth phase.  It might be surprising to find out how often you pluck or wax and end up breaking the hair off below skin level, yet accidentally leave the follicle behind. Shaving is fine though up until a 1-2 days before your treatment.
  4. No sun exposure and tanning beds. Tanning of any type changes the laser settings and is the most common cause of blistering after laser hair removal. Do not use self-tanners one to two weeks before a treatment.
  5. Avoid caffeine for 24 hours before your next treatment. This is optional to avoid caffeine for 24 hours prior to your session.  Some people have reported this can reduce the level of pain experienced as well as help you relax.
  6. Shave on the day of your laser hair procedure. It is extremely helpful if you shave the day of or day before, your laser hair removal session.  By shaving the excess hair, it will be easier for your technician to find and target your hair follicles.  This makes the treatment more effective and also can shorten your session time.
  7. Communicate with your laser therapist. The final tip is always talk to your laser technician if you have any concerns, if you changed/started some medication, if you been on the sun etc.  Same applies throughout the session, let them know if it hurts or you feel uncomfortable.  There are a number things they can do to soothe your skin, including lowering the intensity of the laser.  Plus, communicating throughout the entire process ensures both you and your technician are on the same page at all times.

Your laser therapist will give you more instructions, and different laser hair removal systems do vary. So it is important to follow your therapists’ directions. Laser hair removal is clinically proven to be one of the most effective options available.  To improve your results even more, follow these seven tips the next time you undergo a laser hair removal treatment.