What is the Perfect Time for Permanent Hair Removal?

Perceived as unsightly on certain parts of the body, hair can be a source of complexes and discomfort in relational life. If shaving and hair removal are common gestures, the relief they offer is only of limited duration. Laser hair removal is the only technique guaranteeing a definitive or almost definitive result. You can undergo laser hair removal underarm and in various parts of the body. 

What is permanent laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is based on the emission of a light beam and its absorption by the hair via the melanin it contains, which gives it its color. The light propagating to the bulbs of the hair follicles, which are responsible for the production of the hair, destroys them under the effect of its heat (we speak of thermocoagulation). Hair regrowth is then made virtually impossible.

Laser hair removal is suitable for many parts of the body, including:

  • Armpits;
  • Legs and thighs;
  • The bikini line and the intergluteal groove;
  • arms and forearms;
  • The chest;
  • The chin;
  • Nape and neck;
  • Shoulders and back.

When is the best time for permanent laser hair removal?

Exposure to the sun leads to skin tanning, which corresponds in particular to increased production of melanin. However, as we have seen, melanin absorbs light rays, including those emitted by depilatory lasers.

Therefore, laser hair removal is to be avoided on skin that is still tanned after exposure to the summer sun: the ideal period for laser hair removal thus corresponds to autumn or the beginning of winter. Since the sessions must be spaced at least 4 to 6 weeks apart, later in the course of winter is also not recommended, the risk being that the hair removal program could not be completed before the arrival of the first significant sunshine.

However, it is still quite possible to start hair removal sessions in spring or summer as long as you protect your skin from any exposure to the sun with suitable clothing.

What are the precautions to take before and after a laser hair removal session?

Before your first laser hair removal session, it is essential that your skin has had time to lose its tan and that it has not been exposed to the sun during the previous month, at least.

It is also important to shave the area to be waxed the day before the session, if not the same day. This allows for greater treatment efficiency and better preservation of the skin. Hair removal is prohibited, whether with wax or via another technique.

To promote the effectiveness of the laser, it is also advisable not to wear make-up or apply cream to the area to be treated before the session. The same goes for antiperspirant or deodorant products in the case of underarm hair removal. The target area can nevertheless be cleaned if necessary.

Specific anti-acne treatments, photo-sensitizing drugs, and anticoagulant drugs are incompatible with laser hair removal. Therefore, it is essential to communicate to the doctor any treatment you would follow.

During the 2 to 3 weeks following the session, it is recommended that you:

  • Not to shave the treated area to facilitate the loss of the targeted hairs;
  • Do not expose the treated area to the sun;
  • Moisturize the skin well for the following sessions.

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