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How to Prepare Yourself for Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hairs are one of the most annoying aspects of our life. The main reasons behind this are the ongoing beauty standards that have survived the test of time and are still equally valid. Various hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, threading, plucking, sugaring, and depilatory lotions have been commonplace in the market. Still, these are temporary solutions and only give a timely relief from hair growth. Laser hair removal is an advanced technology that, instead of removing the hair strands, targets the hair follicles and stops hair regrowth. 

We have hair on our entire body, but for most of us, these hairs become an inconvenience and a prominent hurdle in achieving the current beauty standards. Hair growth on the most exposed body parts, such as your face, arms, underarms, legs, etc., can get annoying when it becomes an obstacle and doesn’t let us wear what we wish to when we meet someone. Using the traditional hair removal method is not just a temporary solution but also comes with major drawbacks, such as rash, skin irritation, ingrown hairs, etc. So if you are tired of dealing with hair regrowth and troubles of the traditional hair removal means, laser hair removal can become your ally in the journey towards a hair-free and carefree life! 

Essential Details to Know Before Undergoing Laser Hair Removal 

The basic idea behind this technology is to target the follicle itself to stop hair regrowth and development altogether instead of temporarily plucking out or cutting the hair strands. The laser technology emits a beam of light that, via melanin, travels down to the follicle and destroys it because of its heat energy. Follicles are growth grounds for hair, and once they cannot nurture and grow the hairs, the hairlessness becomes permanent. However, this is unachievable in just one sitting. Hence, multiple sessions, typically 4 to 6, are mandatory to ensure permanent hair reduction. 

This is because our hairs have a lifecycle and consist of 4 phases that they go through before shedding off. All hairs do not go through these phases together, and about 20 percent of our body hairs are always in their growing phase. Thus, we have to give our hair enough time to grow, so the treatment can effectively remove them. Our team at Cutera Aesthetics is here to answer any queries and address all your concerns regarding laser hair removal. Contact us today to book a free consultation so that our experts can walk you through the process and help you understand how this procedure works and what you should expect from it. 

How Does Laser Hair Removal Target Follicles?

As described above, the laser emits light that induces heat energy which travels via melanin towards the follicle and causes permanent damage. We use Cutera Titanium Laser technology which is highly effective and ceases hair growth in just a few sessions. We have millions of hair follicles on our bodies, and targeting them all at once is not possible. So even after you undergo all sessions, you may experience regrowth later in life at some stage. The reason is that new hair follicles can appear on the body as our skin cells regenerate. So the aim is permanent hair reduction. If you want to elongate the hair-free days, you can get follow-up sessions to maintain smooth and clear skin from time to time. 

How to Prepare for Removal of Unwanted Hair Follicles

Some pre-treatment and post-treatment measures are necessary to avoid any long-term side effects. Our professionals will advise you on the best ways to prepare for your upcoming appointment. Some of the common tips we give to our clients before their permanent hair removal treatments include:

  • Avoid makeup and certain beauty products on the treated area to minimize the chances of any severe reaction. Only use a gentle cleanser for at least three days.
  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF
  • Do not use tanning beds for two weeks before treatment
  • If you are taking any oral prescription medications, let your medical practitioner know beforehand and share your medical history as well. 
  • Avoid any other skin treatments, such as botox injections, dermal filler injections, chemical peels, or invasive treatments for at least two weeks. 
  • Avoid fragrances, oils, and creams before undergoing laser hair removal. 
  • Shave the treated hair area 24 hours before treatment but do not pluck out or remove the hair strands out of the follicles. 

You can notice visible hair reduction with just two to three sessions. Completing the entire procedure can help you achieve maximum hair elimination and removal on any of the following body parts, as laser hair removal is safe for the entire body:

  • Legs
  • Armpits
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Chin
  • Mustache area
  • Bikini area
  • Chest
  • Face