How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

So, you’ve made the decision to stop shaving and make your life easier with laser hair removal. How do you prepare? What do you need to know before your first appointment?

Find the answers to these questions here from A Body Renaissance in Santaquin, Utah. Our exceptionally knowledgeable nurse practitioner, Jennifer Trinidad, DNP, uses a state-of-the-art laser hair removal system called the Harmony XL Pro by Alma™ for pain-free laser hair removal that delivers long-lasting results. Here’s how to get started. 

Schedule a consultation

The first step on your laser hair removal journey is booking a consultation so you can talk to Jennifer about the areas you’d like to have hair-free. The Harmony XL Pro is an intense pulsed light (IPL) system, so it’s suitable for hair removal on all of your problem areas, including:

Because IPL uses rapid pulses of light, it’s a comfortable treatment, and many women and men achieve permanent hair removal results. During laser hair removal treatment, the light energy goes below the surface of your skin to each individual hair follicle, destroying it so it’s no longer able to grow new hair. 

Protect your skin from the sun

Once you’ve committed to the procedure, you need to stay out of the sun before your appointment. If you do go outside, be sure to apply sunscreen to your exposed skin. You want to protect it from a sunburn so you can get the most benefit from your laser hair removal treatments. 

If your skin is irritated when you arrive for your appointment, not only do you run the risk of the treatment not being as effective, but you could find yourself with significant discomfort afterward. 

Avoid plucking and waxing

Plucking and waxing removes hair from below the surface of your skin, potentially taking the hair root with it. When this happens, laser hair removal becomes less effective. It’s best that your hair is actively growing for the IPL system to work optimally. 

When you stop waxing and plucking hair at least six weeks before your laser hair removal appointment, you give yourself the best chance of smooth skin and lasting results. 

Shave before treatment

If you’re not supposed to pluck or wax, why is it important to shave before your appointment? The IPL energy focuses on the pigment in your hair. If there’s stubble above your skin, the treatment may be less effective and more uncomfortable. 

When you shave the night before, or the same day as your appointment, you prepare your skin to allow the laser energy to easily and directly penetrate hair follicles so it can destroy hair at the root. 

Plan for multiple laser hair removal sessions

It would be wonderful if laser hair removal worked instantly, but because your hairs grow in three different stages, you need more than one treatment. This ensures that the IPL energy destroys the hair roots during their active growth stage.

It depends on your skin color and the pigment in your hair, but most people need 6-8 treatments to achieve permanent results. Event though that may sound like a lot of time, when you compare it to how much time you spend shaving and waxing, laser hair removal is a much easier, time-saving method in the long run. 

It’s time to put down your razor and say goodbye to stubble for good. Take the first step today by scheduling a consultation. Call our friendly office, or request an appointment through our online booking tool.

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