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5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Shaving and tweezing were once replaced by waxing, but now waxing may be a thing of the past with the introduction of laser hair removal. This new, innovative hair removal method promises permanent hair reduction with quick, pain-free treatments that require no downtime. However, like any procedure, it is very important that you read the fine details and understand the treatment process before deciding if laser hair removal is right for you. But, if you want to part ways with your unwanted hair for good, nixing razor bumps, shaving cuts, and ingrown hairs here's everything you should know about laser hair removal.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Patience Is Key

It will take two or three weeks to see results from your first treatment, and 8-12 weeks to get the full results. You will also have to be very regular with your appointments since your hair follicles are all at different stages of growth, therefore, you want to make sure every single one of them gets zapped. Although this sounds like a long process, it will save you so much time and headaches in the future since you will not have to worry about waxing or shaving for a very long time.

Shave But Do Not Wax Before your Appointment

Shaving before your appointment will allow the laser to easily penetrate the skin and target the hair follicles beneath. If you do not shave, the laser will not be as effective as it will have a hard time penetrating through the coarse hair to get to the follicle. It is recommended you shave 24 hours - 48 hours before your appointment to ensure optimal results. You cannot wax since waxing removes the hair follicle, therefore, the laser will have nothing to target to achieve permanent hair removal results.

Treatments Are Quick

Don’t expect to have to sit in a chair for hours on end while your technician targets every individual hair follicle. Laser hair removal methods have advanced technology to allow the laser to cover large surface areas on the body. It will only take roughly 25-30 minutes to laser both legs whereas underarm treatments may only take 5 to 7 minutes at most.

Avoid The Sun

Avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun both before and after your laser hair removal sessions. The sun will increase your skin's sensitivity and may cause burns and hyperpigmentation when the laser is applied. It is also important to avoid exposing the area to the sun after treatment since the skin will be much more sensitive from the laser treatment and will be more susceptible to the harsh effects of UV rays. 

You Might Need Touch-Up Treatments In The Future

Laser hair removal is correctly known as laser hair reduction as the laser significantly reduces the volume and density of the hair, but there will always be some hair follicles allowing some regrowth. Most people report a 90 percent permanent reduction in hair growth but fluctuating hormones can make hair grow back. You may need touch-ups over the years as some hair starts to regrow once again.

Kelowna Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal for many is a downright pain to upkeep. Regular shaving will still leave you with prickly regrowth, red bumps, and unsightly and irritating ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal offers a permanent hair reduction method that allows you not to worry about shaving or waxing for long periods of time. Although the process does take some time, the results are entirely worth it. With laser hair removal you can say goodbye to those annoying ingrown hairs and the prickly feeling of hair growing back.

To find out more about the costs and benefits of our laser hair removal services for both men and women, and how we can help you achieve smooth and silky skin, visit our Kelowna clinic today! See map here. Alternatively, you can reach us by calling (250) 868-9290 or by filling out our online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most patients describe the feeling of laser hair removal as being snapped with a rubber band continuously. The discomfort is manageable, but topical numbing creams can be applied to make the treatment more tolerable.

How many sessions will I need?

How many sessions you require will depend on the area you are having treated and your hair type. Typically, most people require 4-8 sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart.

Can I have a fake tan on while getting laser hair removal?

No, you cannot. It is recommended that you do not use fake tan for at least 3 weeks prior to your appointment. The area should be carefully exfoliated to remove all residues to ensure that the laser can adequately target the hair follicles.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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