How to Prepare Your Skin for Laser Hair Removal

Fall and winter give you a great chance to get started with laser hair removal treatment! Your complete results take a few treatment sessions to appear, so more full-coverage clothing coming into season provides a definite plus. Once you complete the laser hair removal process, you won’t have to worry about your unwanted body hair growing back again for a long time, if at all.

At Morris Medical Center of Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida, Dareld R. Morris, II, DO and his experienced care team use laser hair removal to free you from your shaving or waxing routine for good. Dr. Morris can help you get rid of unwanted body hair on your legs, back, underarms, bikini area, and even your face. Here’s what Dr. Morris wants his new and existing patients to know about preparing for laser hair removal treatment.

Lasting hair removal results with laser treatment

Laser hair removal inhibits and delays future hair regrowth by stunning the follicles that produce your body hairs. Dr. Morris and his team use a specially concentrated beam of laser light to target the hair follicles in your treatment area. Because hair growth happens naturally in cycles, you may need multiple treatment sessions to stun every follicle in your desired area.

Laser hair removal treatment is noninvasive overall, but can have an effect on your skin without the right care and attention. That’s why you want to turn to the professionals at Morris Medical Center for your laser hair removal treatment needs. Our team does everything possible to minimize your discomfort during your treatment session, and to prevent any significant side effects.

In the first hours after your treatment session, you might see some redness and mild swelling in the treatment area. These symptoms should disappear quickly. Over the weeks following your treatment session, the hair in your treatment area will thin as you shed stunned hairs without regrowth.

What you should do to prepare

To keep your skin from suffering from irritation or pigment changes after your laser hair removal treatment session, take the right steps to prepare before your appointment.

You can lower your risk of skin pigment changes as a result of the laser hair removal treatment process by avoiding direct sun exposure both before and after your treatment session. When you do go outside, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 to protect your skin.

Skip any cosmetic treatments that darken your skin tone, like tanning lotions. For patients with darker skin, Dr. Morris may recommend that you use skin bleaching creams for the treatment area before your laser hair removal treatments.

Don’t pluck, wax, or use electrolysis on the unwanted body hairs in your planned treatment area for at least 4 weeks before your appointment. This can disturb your hair follicles and reduce the overall effectiveness of your laser hair removal treatment. However, you should wax or trim the hairs in your treatment area. Longer hairs can heat up under the laser beam, increasing your risks of mild skin burns.

Dr. Morris may also recommend that you avoid blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, before your treatment session. Dr. Morris schedules your hair removal treatment sessions several weeks apart, to give your skin the chance to fully heal.

To learn more about the laser hair removal process, contact Morris Medical Center today. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Morris and his team online, or by calling our Florida offices.

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