As a permanent approach to getting rid of unwanted hair, laser hair removal is quite a popular trend these days. If you've decided to join the permanent hair removal bandwagon, first follow these suggestions on how to prepare yourself for laser hair removal.
Know exactly what is involved in the procedure. Before you go into any procedure, it's important that you know what to expect both during and afterwards. Talk to your clinician about the standard laser hair removal procedure. And also be sure to discuss anything that could potentially go wrong during the procedure and even during your recovery. Nothing should come as a shock to you after your laser hair removal procedure if your clinician has properly informed you of the process.
Avoid tanning prior to your appointment. If you've got a tan in the few weeks leading up to your laser hair removal appointment, allow it to fade. Natural or artificial, your tan can lead to complications after you go under the laser. You can avoid any major complications with this procedure by lessening your exposure to the sun. Don't worry ladies - you'll be hair-free and back out lounging in the sun in a few days.
Remove as much hair as you can a few days beforehand. The process of laser hair removal involves treating the hair follicle itself. Any hair that is above the skin will lessen the effects of this procedure. So do what you can to get the best results by getting rid of as much hair as you can in the days leading up to your appointment. That being said, there are some recommended ways to do (and not do) this. Shaving your skin or using a mild depilatory cream is recommended, whereas plucking, waxing and electrolysis are not. The milder your personal hair removal approach, the less aggravated your skin will be on the day of your laser hair removal. This will lead to a speedier recovery with fewer complications.
Take any prescribed medications. Although not always the case, your clinician may recommend and even prescribe some antibiotics to you prior to your laser hair removal sessions. This is simply a preventative measure that reduces the risk of infection after the treatment. Of course, check with your doctor if you're not sure about taking certain medications. But it is a good idea to be proactive with your laser hair removal healing by taking antibiotics beforehand.
Prepare yourself mentally. Even though you've done all of the physical preparation for your laser hair removal session, you still need to prepare yourself emotionally. Some people are uncomfortable with the procedure. If you're a first-timer, this may be the case for you too. Even though there are few risks and little (if any) side effects, undergoing laser hair removal may cause a lot of anxiety in people. Relax. It is not as painful as you think it is (some say it doesn't hurt at all). And after you get over the initial shock of the laser itself and the crazy glasses both you and the clinician have to wear, you'll realize that laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of your unwanted hair.