Prices are continuing to come down for laser hair removal treatment, so it’s increasingly becoming an everyday solution to unwanted hair. The main benefit this offers when compared to shaving is that it’s a much more long term solution, making your daily routine a little easier for the foreseeable future.
However, it is worth considering a few things when you’re thinking about having laser treatment, and making sure that you take your own health and safety seriously above all else. Here are a few ideas which may help you prepare (and deal with the results).
How to prepare for laser hair removal
First of all, you need to check that you are eligible for laser hair removal. In many cases, people with very dark skin may find that it is completely ineffective, and it actually causes more of a risk of skin damage than for people with a lighter skin tone. People with certain skin conditions may also be more vulnerable and should not use this method.
Before you undergo laser hair removal treatment, make sure you shave the area immediately before. You should not use any other hair removal technique such as waxing, plucking or electrolysis in the month before your treatment, nor should you use any kind of tanning bed. Make sure the area to be treated is clean and not covered with any other substance, including make-up.
Things to remember
During your treatment, bear in mind that you may experience a little discomfort. Although many types of modern laser treatment are actually painless, others actually require an anaesthetic cream to be used on the area so as to minimise the pain. Make sure you have spoken to the professional carrying out the treatment so you know what to expect.
Depending on the colour of your skin pigmentation, laser treatment may not be completely effective for you. However, in most cases where this has been recommended by an expert, you can expect up to 85-95% effectiveness.
After your laser treatment
It is normal to experience some temporary swelling or redness around the area where you have been exposed to the laser, but if this does not improve within a day or two you should seek medical advice. In general, try not to expose your skin to any particularly high temperatures for a few days as it may be highly sensitive. If your skin feels uncomfortable, you might want to hold ice against it to help it cool down and ease any swelling.