Spring is just around the corner, and before you know it my favorite season of all…Beach Season!! Have you been considering Laser Hair Removal? Laser hair removal is an effective method that can yield long lasting effects and why not start your spring cleaning now 😉 In our second installment of Spring Clean Toni answers your top 5 FAQ about Laser Hair Removal:
Q: Does it Hurt?
A: Yes and No! Pre- and Post cooling help cool the skin. The sensation is similar to a rubber band snap. Like tweezing, after a few pulses you will get used to the sensation and before you know it your treatment is complete.
For larger areas, and more sensitive areas we recommend a numbing cream prescription.
Q: Should I shave before treatment?
A: Shaving the treatment area is necessary. Dense hair sitting on the skin can cause the hair shaft to cinder resulting in scorched skin.
Q: What can I expect after treatment?
A: Immediately following the treatment there may be redness and bumps at the treatment area. It is normal for the area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours and you should use a cold compress if needed.
Within 10-20 days, it is normal to see stubble, representing dead hair being shed from the follicle. This is normal and expected and will fall out quickly, you may use a razor on these areas. You can help the hair exfoliate by washing or wiping with a wash cloth. A loofa may be used after 48 hours.
Q: Does it matter if I have been out in the sun or used spray tan?
Laser Hair Removal reduces hair growth by targeting the hair follicle with light energy. This energy destroys or damages the hair where the pigment is the darkest. Newly tanned skin should never be treated. However, for older tans YAG laser can be used for treatment.
It is always best to give us a call or come in for a consultation if you are unsure.
Q: When is the best time to get Laser Hair Removal?
A: Any time really, depending on where you are considering. Underarms can be done any time of year, and what a great part not to have to worry about anymore, no more walking out the door thinking “Did I shave? Did I shave both?”
For larger areas and areas exposed to the sun, winter and fall is really the best time to get started. Avoiding sun exposure reduces the risks of hyper or Hypo pigmentation.