Five Tips to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Winter is here, and for most of us, our summer tans have faded away. That makes it a perfect time to try laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted body hair. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your skin for laser hair removal treatments.

1.    Talk to an expert. If you are considering laser hair removal, the first step is to schedule a consultation to determine the specific laser treatment needed to meet your hair removal needs. Northwest Medi Spa offers state-of-the-art hair removal technology. The settings on our lasers can be adjusted depending on your hair and skin color. In fact, we have lasers for both light AND dark skin tones.

2.   Ditch the tweezers and avoid the sun. Before your first session, it is important to avoid plucking, waxing or electrolysis for six weeks. The laser needs to be able to identify the hair follicle. You MUST stay out of the sun. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas you laser. That’s one of the reasons winter is a good time to have laser hair removal done.

3.   Shave with a new razor. On the day before your treatment, you should shave with a clean, new razor. Shaving allows the laser to reach the hair follicle underneath the skin with full power. Using a clean, new razor ensures there are no lingering bacteria that could cause contact dermatitis after your laser treatment. (Contact dermatitis is a delayed type of allergic reaction of the skin resulting from skin contact with a specific allergen.)

4.    Be patient and persistent. It takes six to eight treatments to see a significant reduction in hair growth in the treated area. So plan on coming back.

5.    Blonds don’t always have more fun. Laser hair removal is not as effective on blond or red hair. Lasers works by picking up the contrast between the hair follicle and the skin pigment. With blonde and red hair, the hair to skin pigmentation difference is much less.

Northwest Medi Spa is offering a December special on laser hair removal. Buy a six-treatment package and receive a second area (of equal or lesser value) free. Call and schedule an appointment today. (541) 318-7311.