When Should I Start My Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

laser hair removal patient

If you have already decided that you would like to undergo laser hair removal, you’re probably excited to get started on your treatment. Although you may feel a sense of urgency, it’s important to consider when you should begin each session.

Your laser technician is the most qualified person to help you decide when to schedule your appointments. You want to ensure that you are receiving the best possible results the moment you start, which is why timing is everything.

Is There a Right Time of Year?

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in each hair follicle. By destroying the pigment, the hair is unable to grow. Of course, it takes several treatment sessions before the hair stops growing back, but over time, you will see next to a permanent reduction in hair loss.

To ensure that the laser penetrates only the pigment in the hair, it is essential that your skin does not contain pigment anywhere else. During the summer, this is nearly impossible, as the sun makes it easy for the skin to darken.

For most patients, undergoing laser hair removal in the fall or winter will make your treatment more efficient. Patients who have a darker skin tone that would absorb the light beam of a laser more easily will benefit from a specialized device that does not damage surrounding skin.

Even during colder seasons, however, it’s vital to protect your skin from the sun. Using sun protection will help your laser treatment be as effective as possible.

Do I Need to Let My Hair Grow First?

Not only is there a particular time of year that is more beneficial for receiving laser hair removal, but also there is a certain growth period that your hair must reach before treatment begins. Laser hair removal works because of its ability to destroy the follicle of a single hair, which means that a follicle needs to be in place before treatment can begin.

Your laser hair technician will suggest that you allow your hair to grow for six weeks before your first treatment session. Letting your hair grow may be a nuisance at first, but it will guarantee the particular growth phase of the follicle, ensuring the precision of your treatment.

The new growth of your hair is another reason to wait until the chillier months arrive to undergo laser hair removal. If you’re concerned about refraining from shaving, waxing and plucking, you might feel more comfortable covering up any stubble with pants, leggings and sweaters.

Ultimately, the decision about when to receive laser hair removal is yours, but there are periods of time when the procedure will be more effective than others. You can learn more about laser hair removal and the best time to schedule your individual sessions by consulting with a technician at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics. Call (952) 460 1970 to find out whether laser hair removal is right for you and get started on your treatment.

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