There are two types of people – those who adore everything that has to do with the word “autumn” and those who are just counting the days until spring. But both groups have one thing in common: when the first leaf crunches under their feet, they know it is the best time to start prepping for the summer – hence, the best time for laser hair removal.
How many times did you want to just throw away your razor because you just don’t understand how is it possible that your hair has already grown, even though you shaved just yesterday?
Or, tell us if this is a familiar scenario – you are on your way to get waxed, thinking “here I go once again submitting myself to voluntary torture”, wishing you were a man just for a day.
We see you, we hear you, and we are offering you a solution – Laser Hair Removal.
Imagine, one day you wake up and realize that you haven’t touched your razor for two months… That’s the dream.
How Does It Work?
The main goal of laser hair removal is to postpone and reduce any future hair growth. The procedure uses light which is then soaked up by the melanin in the hair. Then, the heat that comes from the light damages the hair follicles, which in the end makes the growth of the hair much slower.
You can basically treat any area, with some exceptions – around eyelids or tattooed skin. However, we don’t see many requests to treat eyelids, the most popular body candidates for laser hair removal are legs, underarms, bikini, upper lip and chin.
The best results will be visible on the light skin with dark hair, not to say you won’t notice the difference on other types of skin/hair. The number of treatments depends mostly on two factors – one is the area you are treating (you won’t need the same number of treatments for your chin and legs, for example) and the thickness of your hair. People with stronger hair roots will need more treatments in order to get the desired results.
But, we usually recommend about six treatments for the unwanted hair to go away.
The period between sessions depends on the area that is being treated because the hair doesn’t grow at the same speed on the chin and the back, for instance.
Over the next few days, you may feel like you got sunburn, so we recommend having a damp towel in the fridge, just in case. Over the next 30 days, your unwanted hair will start to fall out.
At the end, when all of the sessions are done and you are hair-free, there would be only a need for a touch-up every now and then – usually two or three times per year.
Yes, fair less hair that shows up once in a blue moon is a huge benefit.
But there are a couple of others to mention:
- A safe way of getting rid of hair (goodbye razor cuts)
- Saving time – Even though it doesn’t look like it, it is a pretty fast process, for example, it takes about 20 minutes of treatment for the full face, but the upper lip only takes a couple of minutes
- No more ingrown hair that we all hate because thanks to the treatment the hair grows straight
- Significantly less painful than wax, it feels like a hot snap and the laser has already moved on to the different area
- The laser is so precise that it targets the desired area while leaving the skin around it untouched
- Cost-effective in the long run
- No more hair-growth math – “If I shave today, then I can wear a dress tomorrow, but only capri pants the day after…”
Just like anything else regarding the procedure, risks too can vary depending on your skin type and hair colour, as well as pre and post-treatment care.
Some of the most common risks are:
- Irritation: redness and swelling are not uncommon after the treatment, but they usually disappear in the next couple of hours
- Changes in the skin pigment: it can happen that the treated area gets darker or lighter, but this also is temporary
Those are the common ones, but there are side effects that appear seldom, like:
- Blistering and scarring
- Graying of treated hair
- Extreme hair growth
How To Prepare For The Process?
Preparation is the mother of success. The first thing you will do is consult with your esthetician to see what is best for your skin. The esthetician will surely give you instructions on what to do and especially avoid, but some advice is applicable to everyone undergoing this treatment:
Avoid sun exposure both before and after the treatment and of course, wear sunscreen (we will never stop saying this)
Avoid any kind of creams that darken your skin; on the other hand, if you are still tanned, the esthetician might not be able to treat you Avoid any other hair removal methods, like waxing or plucking for at least four weeks before the treatment
Avoid aspirin or any kind of anti-inflammatory drugs before the procedure
The one thing that is recommended is shaving; do it one day before the laser treatment to prepare your skin
After The Treatment
The first treatment is done and now the only thing left to do is wait a couple of weeks for the next one. Well, not quite.
There are some things you should do after each of your sessions to make sure that you get the best results possible:
- Again, don’t pluck or wax the area you treated, because you don’t want to intervene with the process of the hairs falling off
- You can shave, but wait a few days for the skin to recover before doing so
- Avoid exfoliating for a couple of days
- Avoid sun exposure
- Moisturizer should be your dearest friend because the laser can dry out the skin a bit
- If you have done laser hair removal on your face, avoid chemical peels for at least two weeks
- Avoid gym, saunas and really hot showers for about 24 hours – there is a chance for bacteria to develop
Is It Really Worth It?
If you dream of a summer where you don’t have to hide your legs because you missed a spot while shaving or where you just don’t think of the hair at all, then yes.
Considering that one of the most important things when it comes to laser hair removal is avoiding the sun, this period is the best time to start with the treatment.
Here at Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Clinic, we have a dedicated team prepared to answer all of your questions and address concerns and help you get to the root of the problem (pun intended). Feel free to book a consultation.
Flawless skin for the summer, here you come!