5 Mistakes to Avoid When Getting Laser Hair Removal
If you’re tired of shaving your legs what seems like every other day, you should consider laser hair removal. This nonsurgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure offers silky smooth skin and for a longer length of time than shaving. Best of all, laser hair removal can be used on part of the body. But if you’re thinking about getting laser hair removal, whether on your legs, arms or elsewhere, you should avoid making the following mistakes.
#1) Choosing IPL Hair Removal
Many people confuse laser hair removal with intense pulse light (IPL) hair removal. To an unsuspecting client, the two processes may seem similar, as they both involve the use of a light-emitting diode. However, IPL doesn’t actually use lasers, so it’s not as effective at removing hair. For the best results possible, avoid IPL and choose laser hair removal instead.
#2) Not Shaving Beforehand
After booking your first laser hair removal session, your aesthetitican will probably advise you to shave your skin the day prior coming in. This allows the lasers to penetrate deeper into the skin to achieve better results. Failure to follow this advice may result in only moderately smooth skin that doesn’t last long.
#3) Only Getting a Single Session
You’ll most certainly notice results after a single session of laser hair removal. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from scheduling follow-up sessions. It can take more than a half-dozen sessions to achieve permanently smooth skin. With each subsequent session, your skin get a little smoother and for a little longer. Eventually, you should notice a 70% to 80% reduction of active hair growth.
#4) Getting a Tan Beforehand
Another common mistake to avoid is getting a tan before laser hair removal. Tanning affects the pigmentation of your skin, which can then affect the performance of laser hair removal. You’ll achieve better results with laser hair removal by maintaining your skin’s natural complexion and avoiding the sun or tanning bed. Besides, tanning is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. It damages the skin at a cellular level and contributes to wrinkles and early aging in the process.
#5) Choosing the Wrong Aesthetician
Finally, don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong aesthetician to perform laser hair removal. While this popular cosmetic procedure is offered at countless businesses, the level of quality varies depending on the aesthetician performing it. Some aestheticians use low-quality lasers to save money, resulting in lackluster results for their clients.