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How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

Of all the personal care tasks we perform on a regular basis, hair removal is often one of the most annoying. Besides taking up time you could use for other things, it requires you to keep spending money and can leave you with irritating ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is the most effective way to achieve long-lasting smooth skin and break the endless hair removal cycle. 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

People struggle with unwanted hair on almost every part of the face or body. If other hair removal methods have left you wanting something better, it may be time for laser hair removal. This treatment uses laser energy to damage hair follicles, preventing hair growth. Unlike other methods that cut the hair off at the skin’s surface or pull out the root, laser hair removal ensures that new hairs no longer grow.

Laser Hair Removal

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal takes advantage of the melanin pigment that gives your hair color. Your hair grows from inside a follicle, which still contains the pigmented hair root. The pigments absorb the laser energy, damaging the follicles. As a result, the treated follicles no longer produce hair roots, so you no longer deal with unwanted hair. 

At Skinatomy, we understand that one laser will not work for everyone. We offer three different laser hair removal systems so every skin tone and area of hair can receive successful treatment. The Candela Gentle YAG, LightSheer Diode Laser, and Sciton ClearScan YAG can be used depending on your needs. Eliminating the “one size fits all” approach to laser hair removal lets us provide better treatment and results. 

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

The most important factor in the success of laser hair removal is the presence of pigment to absorb the laser energy. If the pigment is missing, the follicle will not be affected by the laser. Follow these tips to get the most out of each session:

No Waxing, Threading, or Tweezing

Hair removal methods like waxing pull out the hair root. You should not use these methods for at least four weeks before treatment. Within this time, enough hair roots will regrow to make the treatment successful. You can shave before and in between sessions. 

Do Not Use Bleach

Bleaching your hair removes the pigments from the root, which has the same effect as removing the root itself. With no pigment to absorb the laser energy, the hair follicle remains untreated. Do not bleach hair you plan to treat for at least four weeks before treatment. 

Avoid Sun Exposure

Sun exposure causes your skin to produce melanin. As a result, sun exposure before laser hair removal can result in negative effects. Do not tan or use artificial tanners before or between treatments and use sunscreen consistently. 

Shave Before Treatment

Shaving leaves the hair root intact so that you can continue throughout treatment. We recommend shaving 24 hours before your session. Too much hair growth above the skin can generate heat, and the laser can work on hairs beneath the skin. 

Your Skinatomy skincare expert may also recommend that you limit the use of certain over-the-counter medications and supplements. These include NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as several types of supplements. 

What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?

In the past, laser hair removal was not always a comfortable process. With our advanced laser systems, your skin is kept cool and protected. Most people feel little to no discomfort, although some areas are more sensitive than others. Even those who find it uncomfortable usually describe it as mild and do not hesitate to return for further sessions. 

Treatment can take as little as fifteen minutes for small areas and up to an hour for large or multiple areas. Your Skinatomy skincare expert will explain what you can expect and guide you through the procedure if you feel uncertain. 

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Skinatomy Laser Clinic for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?

Each person’s hair grows differently, and hair on different parts of the body will vary in texture, pigmentation, and density. Some people need as few as three laser treatments. Most people will see their desired results within six to eight sessions

Laser hair removal treatments are spaced several weeks apart. When your hair grows, only some follicles produce new hairs while the others remain in a resting state. As your follicles go through their cycle of activity, repeated treatments will eventually address all of them, putting a stop to hair growth. 

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

Laser hair removal provides long-lasting results. However, you may see occasional stray hairs regrow over time. Maintenance treatments can address these hairs as they appear. How often you have a maintenance session varies widely. Some people may have them once a year, while others may need them rarely, if ever. Most people see a permanent reduction in hair growth, with any regrowth looking thinner and paler. 

Is There Any Downtime After Laser Hair Removal?

Our laser hair removal systems use the most advanced technology and cooling systems to ensure your comfort and protect your skin. As a result, you will have little to no downtime after treatment. Your skin may look red and feel sensitive for a few hours, but you can return to your usual activities. 

We will recommend a medical-grade sunscreen to use after treatment since your skin will be extremely sun-sensitive. Using sun protection and avoiding exposure between treatment sessions is important to ensure your safety and comfort during treatment. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Most healthy adults can have laser hair removal safely. With three different lasers, we can treat almost all skin tones and hair colors. However, keep in might that very light hair contains minimal melanin and is much harder to treat. Gray or white hair is usually not suitable for laser hair removal. 

Candidates for this treatment should have reasonable expectations and understand that while laser hair removal results are long-lasting, occasional maintenance may be needed. You should not have laser hair removal on injured or irritated skin, and people with certain medical conditions might not be good candidates. 


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Take The Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about preparing for your laser hair removal appointment? If so, we would love for you to take your next step and call the professionals at Skinatomy Laser Clinic to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can help you choose the treatment that is perfect for you. Fill out the form on this page or call us at (416) 901-9392 (Toronto) or (905) 949-9198 (Mississauga). We look forward to helping you become the best you possible!

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