While shaving and waxing can help manage unwanted hair, the processes constant upkeep and can result in ingrown hairs and rashes. Laser hair removal is a simpler and easier way to remove hair, with results that are mostly permanent.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
You may think that leaving a little hair before the treatment is ideal for the laser hair removal process. However, this is incorrect. Unlike waxing, you do not want any hair to be visible as the treatment is more effective and comfortable when the laser can target the root of the hair easily. Make sure the treated area is cleanly shaven the day before your appointment. If you shave the day of, the area may be more sensitive.
Make sure you wear loose fitting clothes or ones that leave the treatment area exposed. Keep in mind that a soothing cream may be used on the area so wear something that can be washed easily.
For the best possible results, it is important to understand how to prepare for laser hair removal treatments properly. Therefore, our friendly and professional staff at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon in Phoenix have prepared a list of frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.
While the preparation is similar for each treatment, a complimentary consultation is necessary to discuss your goals and budget with our certified medical practitioner―specifically, your skin type and hair follicle coarseness as they determine the number of laser hair removal treatments needed per area.
You want to avoid any hair removal method, except for shaving, up to six weeks prior to laser removal treatment. Other procedures you should avoid for two weeks before this, and any other, laser procedure include:
● Facial peels
● Photosensitizing medication
● Bleaching hair cream
● Depilatory cream
To prepare for each session, avoid tweezing, threading, or waxing because these can disrupt the cycle of hair growth and damage the tissue around the root. Periods increase inflammation so women may want to avoid hair removal treatments a few days before and during their menstrual cycles. Make sure the area is clean and free of product and kept hidden from sun exposure.
Areas for Permanent Hair Removal
Brazilian Laser Hair Removal
Bikini and Brazilian are terms commonly used to describe hair removal around the pubic area. The first thing you need to decide is whether you want full (Brazilian) or partial (Bikini) laser hair removal procedure. It is important to specifically communicate the area(s) you would like to have hair left.
A Brazilian laser hair removal treatment includes more area than a bikini treatment; it includes the labia and perianal areas, with the option to keep hair in the pubic region―otherwise known as a landing strip.
Ingrown Hair Removal
At Delete, we understand the pain and irritation of ingrown hairs from shaving or waxing. At best, ingrown hairs are unattractive red bumps on your skin which can sometimes become infected. There are other methods for removing ingrown hairs, but ingrown hair laser removal attacks hair follicles at the root, acting as a more permanent method.
Laser Removal Post-Procedure Tips
Part of preparing for your first laser hair removal treatment is knowing what to do once the treatment is over. Right after the session, your skin may be a bit irritated and slightly swollen; this is perfectly normal.
Here are some tips to help ease any discomfort:
● Use a cold compress on the area a few times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time
● Use a topical cream to relieve pain and decrease inflammation
● Clean the area twice a day with cold or lukewarm water, a soft washcloth, and gentle soap
● Avoid sun exposure for the first week or two after treatment
Depending on your hair thickness, skin pigmentation, and hair color, you may need additional sessions. Typically, the treatments are scheduled six weeks apart. While side effects are rare, you should discuss potential ones with your Delete certified expert during your complimentary consultation.
Choose the Best Hair Removal Treatment for You
Whether you want to stop shaving and waxing or you struggle with persistent ingrown hairs, laser hair removal may be exactly what you need. At Delete Tattoo and Laser Salon, we invested in the GentleMAX Pro laser by Syneron-Candela. Unlike older hair removal lasers, the GentleMAX Pro laser hair removal system works on all skin types.
We are confident when claiming that no one provides a better hair removal experience. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your personalized treatment plan.