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Summer-Ready Skin Secrets: 10 Laser Hair Removal Dos and Don’ts

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Laser hair removal is gaining popularity as the weather gets warmer and the clothes get lighter and shorter. It’s popular because it can be easily applied to various areas such as the chin, armpits, calves, and arms, reducing the hassle of frequent hair removal. However, if the procedure is incorrect, it could increase hair growth, so caution is needed.

Hair can grow after hair removal

Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicles with a laser to prevent hair growth. The intensity of the laser is adjusted according to the thickness and color of the hair. If adjusted incorrectly, the residual heat can affect the surrounding follicles. Did you know that this residual heat can stimulate hair growth? Although rare, side effects occur in about 0.6% of cases.

Consider the hair growth cycle

The hair’s growth cycle must be considered when undergoing laser hair removal. Since not all hairs have the same growth cycle, it’s difficult to expect permanent hair removal effects after just one procedure. Several sessions at 4-6 week intervals are required to see a permanent impact on over 90% of the treated hairs.

Varies by body part

The speed at which hair removal effects occur varies by body part. Thick hairs like underarm hair can be removed in a few sessions, but arms have thin hair and require multiple sessions to see the effects. On the other hand, while beard hair is thick, it is densely packed, and the speed at which it disappears is slow, requiring more than 10 sessions for noticeable effects.

Consider gender differences

It’s best to understand the differences between men’s and women’s hair for effective laser hair removal before undergoing the procedure. Unlike women’s hair, which is sparse and grows slowly, men’s hair is dense, strong, and covers a wide area. If men receive treatment with the general laser equipment used for women, it may not be enough for complete hair removal. Also, since men’s skin is thicker than women’s, a powerful laser is needed to target the deep-seated hair follicles.

Itching and pigmentation may occur

Side effects of laser hair removal include redness, swelling, and itching. While most of these symptoms improve over time, immediate treatment is required if symptoms like burns or pigmentation occur. To prevent side effects, avoiding shaving, plucking, or scrubbing for 2 to 3 days after hair removal is best.

What if laser hair removal is ineffective?

In some cases, people may not see the effects of laser hair removal. If the hair is thick or unusually dark, it contains a lot of melanin pigment, but if it’s okay light-colored hair, it contains less melanin. Hair with less melanin is harder for the laser light to recognize the follicles, so the hair removal effect may be less. Also, people who are taking hormone supplements or drugs that can cause hirsutism may see slower hair removal effects.

Apply sunscreen properly

If your skin stings immediately after hair removal, apply a cold compress. Since your skin can dry out, use a moisturizer to prevent itching or rash. Also, pay special attention to sun protection. Ensure your skin is not exposed to the sun after the procedure, and apply sunscreen carefully for about 1 to 2 weeks.

Risks of DIY or tweezer hair removal

While there are safe ways to do self-hair removal, it’s not hygienic and can potentially damage the skin, so caution is necessary. You can get cut by a razor blade while shaving, and it’s hard to remove hair in areas with curves that are hard to see, like the armpits. If you get a cut while removing hair from your chin, it can be aesthetically unappealing. Tweezing can also damage the tissues around the hair and cause skin damage, so it’s best to seek professional help.

Best to start in winter

Interest in hair removal typically increases in spring and summer, but many delay the procedure until after the active and exposed summer months. However, considering the principle of laser hair removal and the procedure period, it’s most appropriate to start preparing in the winter. Also, due to the nature of laser hair removal, it’s necessary to avoid sunlight to prevent pigmentation. Since you naturally wear thicker clothes in the winter, it’s better to do it in the winter for various reasons.

The skill of the practitioner matters

Laser hair removal is generally a satisfying procedure, but occasionally, side effects can occur, making the practitioner’s skill paramount. Therefore, years of experience and know-how are essential. Since the number of sessions and results can vary depending on the patient’s hair quality and quantity, a personalized treatment plan should be established through sufficient consultation and diagnosis.

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