If you have ever faced any challenges with hair removal, then you may have realized laser hair removal is one of the best ways to take care of your problem. There are several things you need to do when preparing for your laser treatment to make sure you get the best out of the procedure. Before you make the decision, please note that pregnancy, recent accutane use, and some connective tissue conditions all make laser hair removal inadvisable.
The first thing to do is to have a consultation with a dermatologist. They will let you know if it is okay to do the treatment with your skin type and advise you of any type of side effects you may experience.
About a month before you expect to go in for treatment, you should eliminate all kinds of sunless tanners from your skincare routine. If you must be up and about in the sunshine, use sunscreen even though it is better to avoid the exposure as much as possible. It is important to maintain enough of a contrast between your skin color and your hair follicles because this contrast is what the laser technology will use to do the targeting for elimination. Some dermatologists may even recommend some type of skin lightening process to aid the procedure.
Additionally, be careful with any other hair removal technique that you use before your appointment. Avoid plucking, waxing, and bleaching. Manipulating your hair in that way can make the laser treatment less effective.
About a day or two before your appointment. you will need to shave the area where you will be getting the laser treatment. If the hair is too long, it can make the laser process painful. Leave just enough for your hair follicles to be seen. Alternatively, you may find out when you get your appointment if they will do the trimming for you.
If you are on any kind of prescribed medication, be sure to take them before you attend your treatment. For the week leading up to your appointment, avoid using any retinol-containing skincare items. Retinols can cause the skin to dry out, making it more prone to burns or inflammation from the procedure. Since most retinol creams are prescribed or used on the face, pay attention to the skincare items you use if you’re having laser hair removal on your face. In general, avoid any products at all that make your skin dry like any forms of acne medications or creams.
Make sure that you keep the area for the laser treatment clean because any beauty product will be removed before you are able to get your treatment anyway.
Make sure that the attire you choose to wear to the appointment is loose enough to not become abrasive after you have had your treatment.
Finally, make sure that the place you choose to get your laser hair removal done is staffed with qualified dermatologists. Not all health spas, tanning salons or beauty salons which offer the service will have dermatologists on staff. A qualified professional will know enough to do their due diligence to check for any pre-existing medical conditions that might complicate or cause harm to you in the process.