10 Expert Tips to Maximise Your Laser Hair Removal Results

10 Expert Tips to Maximise Your Laser Hair Removal Results

Are you contemplating laser hair removal or currently on your pathway to smoother skin? Whether you’re a frequent client for Laser Hair Removal or exploring your initial session at Cavendish Clinic, follow these tips to help achieve optimal results. Read on to learn more and achieve smoother hair-free skin.

1. ENSURE YOU ARE A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Laser hair removal is generally suitable for individuals who want to reduce or eliminate unwanted hair on various body parts. It is a popular cosmetic procedure that effectively targets and removes hair from specific areas. However, its suitability can depend on factors such as hair and skin colour.

Laser hair removal works best for individuals with light skin and dark hair because the laser targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles. The contrast between light skin and dark hair allows the laser to heat and destroy the hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth more effectively.

People with darker skin tones may also benefit from laser hair removal, but it is important to use a laser specifically designed for darker skin to avoid potential side effects like pigmentation changes or burns.

It’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to determine if laser hair removal is suitable for your specific skin and hair type. Additionally, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as hormonal imbalances or certain medications, may not be ideal candidates for this procedure. Pregnant women are generally advised to avoid laser hair removal during pregnancy.

2. STRATEGICALLY SCHEDULING TREATMENT SESSIONS

Multiple sessions are usually required for effective hair reduction. The number of sessions depends on the hair’s colour, thickness, and the treated area. Typically, it takes between 8 and 12 sessions spaced four weeks apart each time. It can be a long process, but the results are worth it and last.

3. AVOID WAXING, THREADING, AND TWEEZING

Before treatment, we recommend avoiding waxing, threading, or tweezing. Waxing should be avoided before laser hair removal because the laser targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles. Waxing removes the entire hair shaft, including the hair follicle, from the root. Without the hair follicle as a target, the laser has nothing to focus on during the treatment. As a result, the effectiveness of the laser hair removal procedure is compromised.

For laser hair removal to be most effective, the hair follicle needs to be present. The laser energy is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, and this energy is then converted into heat, damaging the hair follicle, and inhibiting future hair growth. If the follicle is removed through waxing, the laser treatment may not be as successful because there is no target for the laser to act upon.

4. SHAVE BEFORE TREATMENT

To prepare for laser hair removal, it is recommended to shave the treatment area a day or two before the laser hair removal session. This allows the laser to target the hair follicles more effectively without singeing the surface hair.

5. COMFORTABLE CLOTHING

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that is loose-fitting so it is easily adjustable and can facilitate the process for both you and the practitioner. It allows them to easily reach the treatment area without causing any unnecessary discomfort.

If you’re getting laser hair removal on your legs, consider wearing shorts or a skirt. For underarm or bikini area treatments, choose a top or bottoms that can be easily adjusted or removed. Some clinics may provide disposable garments or drapes to ensure your comfort and modesty during the procedure.

Additionally, it’s advisable to wear clothing made of breathable fabrics to help prevent irritation or overheating during and after the laser hair removal session. If you have any concerns about what to wear or how to prepare for your specific treatment, it’s always a good idea to check with the clinic or practitioner in advance. They can provide guidance based on the specific area being treated and their facility’s protocols.

6. MINDFUL SKINCARE

We advise clients to steer clear of self-tanning lotions, sprays, or creams. These products can irritate the skin and potentially interfere with the laser treatment’s effectiveness.

Refrain from using skincare products containing harsh chemicals, strong acids, or abrasive particles. This includes products with glycolic acid, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid, as they can be too harsh on the treated skin.

Fragranced lotions, creams, and soaps can irritate the treated area. Opt for fragrance-free or hypoallergenic products during the healing process. Avoid using scrubs or exfoliating products on the treated area for at least a week after laser hair removal. These products can be abrasive and may irritate the sensitive skin.

7. LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENT

Before and after treatment, we recommend avoiding sun exposure for at least a few weeks before your treatment. Sun exposure can make your skin more sensitive and increase the risk of side effects, such as pigmentation changes. Make sure to use a sunscreen with high SPF to help protect the skin in the sunlight. We suggest one of our bestselling SPFs, SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen.

8. AVOID HOT SHOWERS AND SAUNAS

For a day or two after the treatment, avoid hot showers, saunas, and activities that may cause excessive sweating. This helps prevent irritation and discomfort in the treated area.

9. MOISTURISE AND FOLLOW POST-CARE INSTRUCTIONS

After laser hair removal, it’s important to take care of your skin to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications. We recommend keeping your skin well-moisturised with a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser. Consider SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, which helps restore the skin’s external barrier and supports natural self-repair. Speed up healing by adding a serum with vitamin E, vitamin C, antioxidants and ferulic acid. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic has been tested and deemed suitable for use post-laser.

Follow any post-care instructions provided by your practitioner. This can help soothe the skin and promote optimal healing.

10. CHOOSE A REPUTABLE CLINIC OR PRACTITIONER

At Cavendish Clinic, we work with expert technicians across our clinics who will talk through what you’re looking for and give you a tailored plan. Get in touch if you have any further questions about Laser Hair Removal or to book an appointment today.

 


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