Laser hair removal is the most effective and longest-lasting treatment for removing unwanted hair. With the spring and summer months in sight, now is the perfect time to begin laser hair removal treatments! While laser hair removal works well for most people, there are some factors that certain people good candidates for this treatment.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering laser hair removal!
Laser hair removal works by having the light from the laser target the pigment at the base of the hair follicle. The darker the hair follicle, the easier it is for the laser to target it. That’s why laser hair removal is most effective on people with darker hair. Individuals with light hair color, such as blonde, grey, or red, may have to undergo more sessions to get the same results.
Skin color also plays a role in how effective laser hair removal is. The laser has a harder time reading the pigment of the hair follicle on darker skin, and may end up targeting the skin pigment instead. People with lighter skin and dark hair are the best candidates for laser hair removal. At AFYA, we can safely treat individuals with all skin tones it just may take more time!
Tanning and laser hair removal don’t mix well. Laser hair removal is very sensitive to freshly tanned skin, which is why we suggest avoiding sun exposure for 2 weeks before and after treatment. So if you’ve just gotten back from a tropical vacation, or are planning on being out in the sun in the coming weeks, laser hair removal might not be right at this time.
It’s best to avoid waxing, shaving, tweezing, and threading the areas you want to be treated for 1 to 4 weeks before your laser hair removal appointment. Not only do these irritate the skin, but they can also impact the hair growth cycle. It is recommended that you shave down to the skin’s surface just before treatment though.
If you want to learn more about whether or not laser hair removal is a good choice for you, contact us or book a complimentary skin consultation today!