Laser hair removal is a great way to get rid of unwanted hair on your upper lip, legs, bikini area, or even face. Most patients need several treatments in order to see the results they desire. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure your laser hair removal procedure is as effective as possible. By following this strategy you may reduce the number of treatments you need -- and you'll get more pronounced results, too!
See a dermatologist.
There are a lot of spas and salons that offer laser hair removal. However, it's better to visit a dermatologist for this treatment than to go to a salon or spa. The people administering laser hair removal at salons are not typically medical doctors. But, your dermatologist can analyze the health of your skin and its overall condition to ensure the proper laser system is used for your unique needs. If you have any reactions to the laser treatment (dry, peeling skin is common) your dermatologist is also more equipped to help you heal from these side effects without impacting the results of your treatment.
Avoid plucking, waxing, and chemical hair removal before treatment.
For at least a month before your laser hair removal treatment, do not pluck or otherwise remove any of the hair from the area to be treated. Laser hair removal only works on hair follicles that actively have a hair growing in them. If you pluck some hairs out, those follicles won't be "treated" and they may grow hairs back a few weeks later.
Don't tan or use irritating chemicals before treatment.
If your skin is at all irritated or sore, your dermatologist will have to go easy on your treatment or use a less intense laser to avoid causing more discomfort and damage. So, in the weeks before your treatment, you'll want to avoid tanning and spending time in the sun so you don't end up with a sunburn. Also avoid using medicated skin creams, such as those that contain retinol or salicylic acid, before your appointment. These treatments can leave your skin dry and sore. If you're not sure whether a specific skin product is okay to use, ask your dermatologist.
Everyone's hair and skin are different. Most people need between four and six laser hair removal treatments to get the results they need. Follow the tips above, and you'll hopefully be on the lower end of that range.