Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Among the various existing hair removal techniques, laser hair removal is becoming more and more popular. While many individuals enjoy the speed and precision that laser removal offers — compared to using a tweezer, shaving, or waxing — the use of a laser diode or a YAG Laser is not without its risks.

Here are some precautions and best practices to consider before going ahead and booking your appointment.

Sensitive Areas for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be effective when used on facial and body hair on both women and men. When administering a laser to remove body hair, certain parts of the body should be treated with care. These areas include spots where the skin is very thin, such as the lateral side of the knees, borders of the jaws, cheeks, and neck skin, among others.

Things to Avoid Before Laser Hair Removal

When planning to undergo laser hair removal, it is important that one take into consideration the permanent and temporary contraindications. Permanent areas to avoid include allergic and urticaria scars, hemorrhagic scars, white hairs (those without melanin), and tattoos. Temporary restrictions include being pregnant, consuming food rich in vitamin A or beta-carotene, anti-acne treatments, and skin that has been tanned.

Other restrictions on laser hair removal include not allowing children to undergo the procedure, as well as those suffering from photosensitive skin disorders or those who are taking photosensitizing medication.

Physical Characteristics Complicating Laser Hair Removal

Some physical characteristics can make it difficult to have laser hair removal. Gray, red, or very fair hairs contain little melanin are quite difficult to remove. On the other hand, those with very dark, matte skin tones sometimes experience difficulty removing hair with a laser, as their skin contains a lot of melanin and the laser is not able to differentiate their body hair from their skin.

Reduce Risk of Laser Hair Removal

One may take several steps to make the process of undergoing last hair removal more safe. A qualified doctor or practitioner should always be consulted to perform laser hair removal. Even the use of diode and YAG lasers requires specialist training and safety precautions. If using an at-home kit, be sure to follow any and all precautions outlined by the company who provided the laser device.

Those hoping to laser off body hair should also avoid sunbathing immediately before and after treatment, as well as ensure that a comprehensive assessment of their skin is made before receiving any treatment.

As always, patients should follow their practitioner's advice and use all safety gear provided, such as protective eyewear that is used to shield their eyes from the lasers.

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