Summertime is just around the corner, and many of you may be wondering if laser hair removal is the ticket to a smooth and sexy look that will pair perfectly with sleeveless sundresses and skimpy swimsuits. To help you sort through it all, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions about summer laser hair removal.
Is it true that laser hair removal won’t work on tanned skin?
This is a question that often comes up due to the recommendation to avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure before having laser hair removal. While having a tan doesn’t mean you can’t have laser hair removal, it may mean that you’ll need to schedule more sessions to achieve the completely smooth look that you’re after. The reason? The lasers used during the treatment specifically target darker pigmented areas, so the darker your skin is, the more difficult it will be for the laser to target the hair you want to remove, versus the surrounding skin. Recent developments in laser hair removal have resulted in laser that can more easily distinguish between tanned or dark skin and hair follicles, but it’s still best to wait until after you’ve had your laser treatment before getting a serious tan.
If I have laser hair removal, will it last all summer?
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Different hair and skin types will have different results with laser hair removal, so it can be difficult to predict exactly how long the results will last for each person. But, in most cases, the hair in the treated area will be shed after two weeks, and will regrow within four weeks – so you can expect to go about a month and a half before needing additional treatments.
Can I hit the beach right after having laser hair removal?
Your skin will be slightly sensitive after laser hair removal. Once you’ve completed your session, it’s recommended that you wait a few weeks before you head off to a beach vacation that will cause you to expose the treated areas to lots of sun.
Is laser hair removal safe for my bikini area?
As a general rule, laser hair removal is not only safe but also a relatively quick procedure, since the area being treated is much smaller. However, as with any hair removal technique, your results may vary depending on your hair type, skin color and other factors. You should thoroughly discuss any concerns you may have with your technician before the procedure.
What are the risks of laser hair removal?
As with any hair removal procedure, there are some risks and side effects associated with laser hair removal. After the procedure, your skin may feel and look like it’s been sunburned for a couple of days. People with darker complexions may even experience blistering in the treated area, though this is rare. Swelling, redness, and scarring are other potential side effects. Cool compresses and gentle moisturizers can help alleviate many of these post-treatment symptoms.
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