So often we women get too excited to be hairless without the hassle of waxing or shaving. We imagine up crazy scenarios of magically being hairless. And then when laser hair removal came along, so many of us just imagined a bright laser beam burning and zapping off each individual hair. However, it is so much more than that. Laser hair removal is an actual medical treatment that you will need to thoroughly prepare for.
More Than Waxing or Shaving
When you are getting ready to wax or shave your own legs, the preparation is there, but it is minimal. You have your supplies and the time, and so you sit down and do it. However, with laser hair removal, there is much more. Not only must you schedule the appointment, but you need to do your research. Is your doctor certified? Do others trust and like him?
In addition, this preparation is a long term commitment. Your appointment will be made at least six weeks in advance. This is because you will need time to stop waxing, plucking, or using electrolysis for at least that long. Shaving is alright, though. It might seem strange, but it really makes a lot of sense. The laser hair removal procedure targets the roots of the hair, and so there need to be some roots there. If you wax or pluck, the roots will already be gone.
During these six weeks of preparation, you should avoid the sun at all costs. Now, we’re not saying hide in a basket until you become an albino. Just stay out of the sun if at all possible. Cover up with hats and sunscreen and light clothes. Don’t go outside for longer than a few minutes if you can help it. You definitely do not want sensitive and burned skin during the procedure, but also sun exposure generally thwarts hair removal. If you spend lots of time in the sun, your hair removal process will be less effective and there will be more risks of complication.
So take your time to prepare for your treatment. If you prepare and have a good surgeon, you won’t have to shave for a long time.