About one in four people who wax or shave away unwanted hair in the bikini area endures some type of injury as a result, according to a natural survey. Laser hair removal provides a safer option that guards against the pain of razor burn, waxing, and potential infections associated with wounded skin.
If you’re hoping for smooth, hairless skin on your legs, back, underarms, or pelvic region in time for swimsuit season, consider starting laser hair removal treatments months beforehand. To get started soon, contact our office, and schedule an appointment.
Laser hair removal benefits
Laser hair removal brings the gentleness and precision of lasers. The concentrated light energy of lasers can target hairs without damaging any of the surrounding skin. Each pulse takes only a fraction of a second, and one treatment session can cover multiple body areas.
Small areas, such as your upper lip, can be treated in less than 60 seconds. Larger areas might take up to an hour. Either way, you’ll save time once the results become permanent. Most people experience a complete end to unwanted hair within three to seven treatments.
Planning for laser hair removal
For a range of reasons, it’s wise to plan ahead for laser hair removal if you hope for results before summer or a warm vacation. For one, you’ll need to avoid sun exposure, plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks prior to treatment to lower your risk of complications and enhance its effectiveness.
Secondly, your three to seven treatments should be conducted over a series of weeks or months to get those permanent results. If you start treatments by early spring, you can rest assured that you’ll have smoother-looking skin before your summer vacation.
And you definitely don’t want to have hair lasered away a day or two before hitting the beach. For up to two days post-treatment, your skin will appear and feel somewhat sunburned. Moisturizers and cool compresses can help, but you probably won’t feel swimsuit ready.
Caring for your skin after laser hair removal
After your treatment, you can help keep your skin healthy and silky by wearing sunscreen consistently for a month. This will also help prevent temporary changes in the color of treated skin. Continuing to moisturize your skin and protect it from the sun beyond that is also wise. If you want a bronzy glow, consider sunless tanner to prevent over-exposure to UV rays.
Learn much more by contacting our office or coming in for an appointment. Our team at Specialists in Dermatology would love to help you care for your skin and get swimsuit ready at the same time.