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How to Get the Most Out of Your Laser Hair Removal

How to get the most out of your laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a popular method to eliminate hair-growth and achieve smooth, hair-free skin among many in Singapore. However, in order to optimise your laser hair removal sessions, there are some essential guidelines you need to follow. In this article, we share crucial tips to ensure you get the best results from your laser hair removal treatment. 

Avoid Sun Exposure 

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The sun’s powerful UV rays can make your skin more sensitive and prone to complications during your laser sessions. It is vital to stay out of direct sunlight for at least two weeks before and after each treatment. Opt for a zinc oxide sunscreen, dress in protective clothing, and sidestep outdoor activities during the sun’s peak hours to safeguard your skin and maximise your hair removal results. Sunburns, skin peeling, engaging in tanning bed sessions, or applying tanning lotions can heighten the risk of laser-induced damage, so it’s best to keep your skin as close to its natural tone as possible before your laser hair removal appointments.

Shave Before Each Session

One common misconception about laser hair removal is that you should come to your appointment with hair long enough for the laser to target. In reality, the key to optimal results lies in shaving the treatment area just before your appointment. This technique ensures that the laser energy can efficiently penetrate the hair follicles without being dispersed on the visible hair above the skin. Simply shave the area either the day before or on the day of your treatment. This approach not only earns the gratitude of your dermatologist but also maximises the benefits you derive from each session.

Avoid Waxing or Plucking 

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While shaving is encouraged, plucking or waxing is a big no-no between or when preparing for laser hair removal sessions. Plucking and waxing removes the entire hair, including the root, which is essential for the laser to effectively target and destroy the follicle. When you pluck or wax, you’re essentially removing the target for the laser, making the treatment less effective.

It’s recommended to steer clear of these methods at least four to six weeks before your first laser hair removal session and throughout the entire treatment process. Your dermatologist can also provide specific guidance on when it’s safe to return to these methods after you’ve finished your hair removal treatments.

Follow a Consistent Treatment Schedule 

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Maintaining a consistent schedule for your laser hair removal sessions is crucial. This is as missing any of these appointments not only disrupts the effectiveness of the treatment but also extends the time required to attain your desired results. Equally significant is the need to follow through with the entire recommended treatment plan, even if you notice substantial hair reduction before the final session. Terminating treatment prematurely may result in unwanted hair regrowth, as some dormant follicles may still require treatment for ensuring long-lasting, hair-free results. 

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Laser hair removal can be a game-changer in your quest for smooth, hair-free skin. By following these simple yet critical tips to enhance your laser hair removal experience, you’ll be well on your way to achieving effective hair reduction and saying farewell to unwanted hair for good.

Interested to find out more about achieving the best results in laser hair removal? Reach out to the team of dermatologists at Thomson Specialist Skin Centre to gain insights you need to make the most of your laser hair removal journey.