With swimsuit season around the corner, it’s a popular time for laser hair removal. You may have heard stories about laser hair removal not really working for everyone, but what you haven’t heard is the full story, or the bigger picture, which spells out exactly why optimal results weren’t achieved in those cases.
To help you get the results you deserve, here are some key treatment tips:
Generally speaking, it takes a series of at least 5 treatments performed every 4 to 6 weeks to achieve clear, hair-free skin in a specific area like the bikini line. Sometimes, it can take even more treatments. The key to successful laser hair removal is patience and persistence. Hair growth is a gradual process, and so is hair removal. Laser hair removal only works on active hair follicles, so it can often take several treatments spanning the course of months to target and effectively disable every hair follicle.
Laser hair removal needs the roots of your hair to be intact. If you are occasionally plucking or waxing your targeted areas, you are drastically reducing the effectiveness of your treatments. If you can’t resist waxing or plucking, laser hair removal may not be the ideal treatment for you. In lieu of plucking or waxing, you should shave your treatment zones regularly to keep your hair follicles in the active stage. Shaving also helps the laser to more easily target your hair roots.
Avoid the sun—and fake tanning lotions, too!
Anything that darkens your skin, whether it’s the sun or from a bottle, can interfere with the efficacy of your laser hair removal treatment and increase your risk of complications.