You might have been put off by the idea of using laser technology to remove undesirable body hair, even if you’ve also heard about the supposed benefits of this highly effective treatment. The inconvenience of regularly shaving or waxing is enough to drive many women to have the treatment, but is it worth the risk of it going wrong?
In truth, there are a few risks involved with the most likely one being that the treatment simply won’t work. This depends on your skin type and a few other factors. The safety risks can all be managed as long as you apply common sense and know your facts.
- Start by doing your own research into the treatment options available to you, and make sure that it’s feasible for you to undergo laser hair removal. Not everybody is a suitable candidate. Generally the ideal person for a laser would have light skin and dark hair.
- Speak to local professionals who will be able to conduct the treatment should you choose to go ahead. Make sure they are completely qualified and that you can rely on them to give you the best possible care.
- Remember that laser machines are not all the same, and in fact some systems can have very different results and may be designed for different people. There are several major types that are worth researching and getting an expert recommendation on (e.g. IPL, Diode, Alexandrite and so on).
- Don’t wax or pluck your hairs immediately before having laser treatment, because they remove the root and this can stop the laser from having an effect on any hairs. It also makes the skin more vulnerable to damage. Instead you should shave, ideally a couple of days before the treatment.
- Stay out of strong, direct sunlight immediately before and after your treatment, because the laser can intensify the risk of sun damage. Tanning salons are also to be avoided.
- Anticipate some discomfort so you are not surprised in the event that the treatment is a little painful. In many cases, the pain is minimal or non-existent, so you don’t have much to worry about but it’s safer to be prepared and avoid a nasty surprise.