Excessive hair in unwanted areas can be caused by genetics or certain health conditions. A common solution is laser hair removal, as it is the only way to reduce or eliminate hair growth permanently. Here are some pre-treatment instructions to help you prepare for laser hair removal in Catonsville, MD.
Avoid plucking or waxing
Laser hair removal works by destroying hair follicles below the skin’s surface. If they are removed beforehand with a physical hair removal method such as plucking or waxing, there will be nothing for the laser to target – thus reducing the effectiveness of the treatment. Opt for shaving instead as this doesn’t take out hair at the root.
The laser targets the pigment of your hair follicles, which means extra melanin in your skin from a tan can make it tricky to distinguish hair from skin. Avoid tanning and using sunless tanners for at least a month before your session(s).
Shave a day or two beforehand
Laser hair removal doesn’t require visible hair growth in the treatment area; just enough growth for the hair to be visible to the laser. That being said, you should shave 24-48 hours before your session. Even though hair regrowth may not be visible to you again by the time of your session, the laser will still be able to target the follicle.