Effective, convenient, and hassle-free, laser treatments offer a multitude of benefits for both men and women.
It’s really no surprise that it’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments these days. But just like any treatment, educating yourself prior to scheduling one is necessary, not only for eliminating risks but also for ensuring optimal results. Below, are some of the handiest tips for first time laser treatment patients.
Space out your other cosmetic procedures carefully
With our busy lifestyles, booking several consecutive treatments when our schedule allows for them is an easy decision. However, some procedures may negatively impact other treatment’s effects. Sometimes, this can lead to swelling, redness, and other unpleasant outcomes. This is especially true when it comes to cosmetic procedures involving injectables that require time to settle. If you are planning to get Botox or fillers, it’d be best to wait several weeks before you get laser treatment.
Also, consult with your doctor if you’re taking any medications that might interfere with the result. This is especially true in the case of photosensitive antibiotics. They don’t work well with laser treatments and may lead to skin burns or hyperpigmentation.
Prep the skin in advance!
Let’s say you’ve already had your in-person consultation with a doctor. You’ve discussed your goals with them and familiarized yourself with what the procedure looks like. Once you have booked your laser hair removal treatment, you can begin prepping your skin for the procedure. Now, there are several pointers to keep in mind when doing this.
For starters, make sure the soon-to-be-treated area is clean and free of hair. You can (and should) shave 24 hours prior to the treatment but avoid using wax. This will keep the root, prevent any laser burns, and maximize results. You also need to make sure your skin is clean, and a gentle cleanser will be enough. Some of the skincare ingredients you should avoid before treatment include retinal/retinol, AHA exfoliators, benzoyl peroxide, and ingredients with drying properties.
Avoid applying certain beauty products prior to the treatment.
Other than the skincare ingredients mentioned above, there are also products you should avoid using topically on the area that will be treated. This includes everything from scrubs and creams to ointments and lotions. Makeup, along with deodorant and fake tan products should also be removed before the laser treatment.
To be safe, simply use a combination of soap and water to remove everything and ensure the area is clean. Doing so will ensure optimal results and prevent redness, skin discoloration, and similar side effects.
Take steps post treatment to ensure long-lasting results.
Fast and easy recovery is something all patients hope for, regardless of the treatment in question. To ensure optimal results and recover quicker, it’s important that you take the necessary steps post treatment.
For starters, avoid sweating as much as possible. Say no to hot showers, and don’t exercise or take any warm baths. The post treatment period is when your skin is most prone to infections and ingrown hair. This is why you need to be extra cautious and avoid activities that may promote bacterial growth. Also, avoid sun exposure for two months, and when you do go outside, remember to apply sun protection (SPF 25). Don’t scratch or pick the treated area. Shaving is okay, as is exfoliating, especially since the latter can help speed up shedding post treatment.
Book additional appointments for the best results.
Finally, understand that everyone is different. The number of treatments that you will need depends on several factors, including the area that is being treated along with the speed of hair growth. Many hair follicles simply can’t be targeted during the first session because they’re not in the active stage. This is why several sessions are required.
Four to seven treatments are optimal but have your doctor estimate that for you. Some individuals may require as few as two to four sessions, while others will need ten sessions to see their results. Laser treatment sessions are done in intervals, and you can expect to have one session each two to ten weeks. Schedule yours ahead of time, attend all the scheduled sessions, and take time to prepare every single time – the results will follow.
If you’re looking to save time you spend on shaving and plucking unwanted hair so you can focus your energy someplace else, BARE HR Laser Hair Removal treatment could be the step in the right direction. The sooner you schedule yours, the sooner you will be able to enjoy their amazing, and more importantly, permanent results.
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