Find your dermat
Laser hair removal is a big commitment. Hence, you need the right kind of advice and instructions before going for it. So make sure you have a dermatologist who gives you a low-down on what the procedure will be like much before you actually go for laser hair reduction. It is important to have good hair growth before you go for laser hair reduction so your dermat knows exactly which part of your hair is coarse or what area of your skin is dark. Ask around for a good dermat, do your research and make sure you’re totally convinced about the treatment.
We’re always tempted to get rid of unwanted hair, even if that means in between sessions of laser hair removal. Explains Dr. Santhanam, “Make sure you don’t wax or use an epilator during this period. You can shave but not wax because your hair follicles get pulled during waxing, which can easily cause irritation or harm your skin. Remember that laser isn’t a one-shot procedure and it will take its due course of time to show results and you need to be patient.
Correct underlying hormonal problems
Excessive hair growth can sometimes be a result of hormonal concerns. Dr. Aparna suggests that you get that check before going for laser, “If you have any hormonal problems like PCOS, it is ideal that you simultaneously take medication or a treatment for that along with laser hair removal. You can even get it under control before you go for laser hair reduction.”
Understand that hair growth will reduce not disappear
While laser hair reduction is an effective procedure, it only controls and reduces hair growth rather than banishing it for good. So you must understand that it will only help in reduction. “Laser light only works on rapidly growing hair follicles and not on resting or shedding hair follicles. You must remember that there will be a 70-80 % reduction in hair growth. If you are into threading every month, you might have to go in for it twice a year,” says Aparna explaining what one should expect from laser.
Post laser care is imperative
Laser hair reduction needs as much care post the treatment as it does during the sessions. Says Dr. Santhanam, “Make sure you use the creams your dermat gives you. Sunscreen is also extremely crucial for your skin post laser hair reduction. If you have acne prone skin, your skin might be extra sensitive so make sure you check with the dermat on an acne cream.”
Don’t schedule a laser session close to a social function
It’s important to note that laser hair reduction is a crucial skin care treatment and while it is considered safe, it can cause some sensitivity too. Hence, it’s best to steer clear of a laser session a week before a social function. So make sure you plan your laser sessions in advance and schedule them accordingly if you have a wedding or a special occasion coming up.