In short, we recommend using a gentle, fragrance-free lotion after your laser hair removal sessions.
Some people opt to apply aloe vera to their skin due to its soothing properties. Either way, using a moisturizer while undergoing laser hair removal not only helps nurture your skin, but it also helps control the inflammation that ensues after each session.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, we’ll tell you all you need to know about laser hair removal, including how it works, what to expect, and how to care for your skin afterward.
Laser Hair Removal Is the Best Way to Remove Unwanted Hair
Laser hair removal seems like magic, but the science behind it is simple. Laser hair removal uses laser light pulses that selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin in them. The follicle’s pigment absorbs the laser’s light pulse, damaging the follicle enough to significantly slow down hair regrowth. Since the lasers target melanin, coarse, dark hair and light skin combinations tend to respond best to treatment.
Clients with darker hair and darker skin and lighter hair and lighter skin combinations can still achieve desirable results with the Nd:YAG laser. The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength and better pigment selectivity than other lasers used for hair removal, meaning that it can penetrate hair follicles more precisely, leaving the surrounding skin tissue undamaged.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?
Yes! Advanced laser hair removal technologies work on nearly all skin types and tones. The only exception to that rule is red or grey colored hair. Why? Because laser hair removal technology can’t differentiate those colored hairs from the surrounding tissue. Since laser hair removal works by preferentially targeting the melanin in hair follicles, clients with high-color contrasts, such as those with dark hair and light skin, tend to respond best to treatment.
That being said, laser hair removal options still exist for other hair and skin color combinations. Clients with light hair and skin, for example, can achieve good results by first dying their hair a darker shade before a laser hair removal procedure.
For clients with darker skin and hair, lasers such as the Nd:YAG laser can eliminate unwanted hair. The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength, and is highly sensitive to all color and melanin. This means it can more precisely penetrate hair follicles without damaging surrounding tissue.
Your First Laser Hair Removal Session
The length of a laser hair removal procedure depends on the size of the treatment area, meaning a session can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Before the actual laser hair removal session, you’ll be given protective eye gear and an elective topical anesthetic. Once the session begins, you’ll feel a stinging sensation, indicating that the laser has been activated. The actual session involves a series of laser pulses that results in a prickling and burning sensation. But don’t worry; the pain isn’t too bad. In fact, it’s similar to that of a rubber band snapping against your skin.
After the laser hair removal session is over, you may experience temporary swelling and redness. Most clients can resume their normal activities. It’s important, however, that you avoid direct sun exposure. You should also wear sunblock with a high SPF for several weeks afterward.
How to Care for Your Skin after Laser Hair Removal Sessions
In addition to moisturizing your skin on a regular basis, here are some things that you can do to help the laser hair removal process along:
Three times per week, use an exfoliating scrub or a washcloth in the shower on the area where you had hair removed. The reason for this is to allow the shedding process to happen unhindered by dead skin cells and other debris. You don’t want to irritate your skin, so be gentle!
Cut or shave regrowing hair
Don’t tweeze, pluck or wax new hair growth! Remember that your next appointment will be in four to eight weeks, and you will need to leave the hair in their shafts in order for the laser to work on them. You can cut, trim or shave hair as necessary. You can also use a chemical depilatory, such as Nair, in between appointments, but not within two days of your next treatment.
Continue to use sunscreen
You want your skin to be as light as possible during your treatments, so don’t go tanning or forget to wear sunscreen. If you get a sunburn, it will further irritate your skin (keep in mind that your skin has already probably been irritated by the laser, so be careful). Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher for two weeks before and after each treatment.
Choose LaserAway for All Your Laser Hair Removal Needs
LaserAway is proud to offer the most medspa service options of any national skincare provider. We hire only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, we use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. We aim to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. Want to learn more about laser hair removal? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to making sure you never have to shave or wax again.