Laser hair removal is a very popular treatment in the world today. This is because of the numerous benefits it offers. Although the initial cost is a bit high, you will earn back the money within a few weeks when you consider the fact that you will no longer have to pay for waxing, razors or any other procedure. All in all, before you go for an appointment with a specialist, there are a few things you will have to do.
Stay away from the sun
This treatment cannot be done on sensitive skin. This is why you need to stay away from the sun at least four weeks before the appointment. If you are sunburnt or have a tan, your appointment will have to be canceled. With that being said, summer might just not be the best time for laser hair removal. Most people make appointments in the fall or winter.
Staying away from the sun also means staying away from spray tans, tanning beds and tanning lotion. You can contact your physician to find out the things you can and cannot do before and after the treatment.
Shave the area first
Laser hair removal is different from waxing and other procedures that require you to have some hair for the treatment to work. You will be required to shave the area you want to treat before going for your appointment. It is also good to note that you cannot go for a laser treatment if you have had waxing done recently. This is because waxing makes the skin sensitive and lasers normally target pigments of the hair follicles which will be missing after waxing. You just need to shave a day before the appointment. If you don’t, you will be provided with a razor by your physician so that you can shave before the procedure.
Get a test patch
In spite of it being the most effective hair removal treatment, laser hair removal is not for everyone. Some people react badly to cosmetic laser treatments. This is why on your first appointment, a London laser hair removal specialist will give you a test patch on your skin. This is done to see how your body reacts to laser treatment. Some skin types are prone to discoloration, pigment problems and even scarring.
Be ready for more than one appointment
The important point to understand about laser hair removal is that you will not get the silky smooth skin after the first treatment. You need 3 to 7 sessions to achieve that. A single treatment can take between 20 minutes and an hour. Make sure you have the time for the session.
It’s not for the eyebrows
The main drawback of laser hair removal is that it cannot be used on the eyebrows or on the areas near the eyes. It can be used on the face but you will need sufficient eye protection. Your eyes must be protected in every session regardless of the area being treated.
There is a lot more you should understand about laser hair removal. The key is to find the best specialist and to do your research in order to know what to expect.