Unwanted facial and body hair is one of the most common aesthetic inconveniences that adults face. Luckily, Huntersville, NC residents are able to turn to Dr. Briggs E. Cook Jr. and the professionals at Pure Facial Plastics for effective laser hair removal treatment. While it is a fairly straightforward procedure, there are some things you can do to ensure it works the most efficiently and completely.
- Do not wax or pluck before receiving treatment
In order to get to the root of the problem, the root needs to actually be present. The laser is trained to target the pigment melanin. If you remove the hair at the root, you lessen the chance that the laser will pick up the follicle. You will, however, be advised to SHAVE before your first treatment, but it is important to leave the roots intact so the laser has something to grip onto. If it’s an area you don’t feel comfortable shaving, a trim with small scissors will also do the trick.
- Do not sunbathe while undergoing treatments
Since the lasers target the pigment melanin, if your skin is tanned or pigmented, the laser will have a more difficult time targeting the roots of the hair you want removed. If the laser mistakenly targets the melanin present in your tan, this could lead to blotchy, uneven skin in the treated area. Sun exposure can also make your skin more sensitive to the laser treatment, raising the chances of burns or blisters. It is best to stay out of the sun during the time you are being treated.
- On the day of treatment, trim the hair in the target area as close to the skin as possible
While it is important to leave the roots of the hair intact, keeping the hair as short as possible will ensure that the laser is able to target the root more specifically. If the hair remains long, the energy of the laser will be dispersed along the length of the strand, making the treatment less effective and increasing the risk of burning the skin.
- Laser hair removal is not effective on lighter hair
Since the laser is designed to target brown melanin, it is not recommended for hair that does not contain this pigment. Blonde, white, grey, or even red-haired people are not advised to undergo the treatment, as the results cannot be guaranteed. It is possible for people of this coloration to see some improvement, but electrolysis is more likely to ensure permanent results in these cases.
- Maintain a consistent treatment schedule
Dr. Cook maps out a treatment schedule for his patients that will ensure optimal hair removal results. It is best for body hairs to be treated every 6-8 weeks, while facial hairs fare better being treated every 4-6 weeks. Departing from this schedule can lead to less than optimal results.
If you have questions or are interested in learning more about laser hair removal in the Huntersville area, contact Pure Facial Plastics today.