Laser Hair Removal is the most effective way of permanently removing unwanted hair from almost any part of the body, and is equally popular among men and women. It is a simple and safe hair removing technique, but only when performed by an experienced dermatologist or laser expert. Lasers can be quite dangerous when in inexperienced hands, and can cause various harsh side effects including: burns, scars and permanent skin pigmentation (both hyper and hypo-pigmentation).
You can greatly reduce the risk of possible side effects by getting the procedure done a skilled clinician who has a vast experience of using lasers and has a detailed knowledge of different skin types. It is highly recommended to go for a board-certified dermatologist to perform laser hair removal. Avoid getting the procedure from a nurse practitioner or laser technician.
Besides an experienced, board certified dermatologist, there are numerous factors as well affecting the effectiveness and safety of laser hair removal treatment. These include the color and thickness of the hair you want to get treated, your skin type, your skin tone, and your sun exposure. How closely you follow your clinician’s post-procedure instructions also play key role in determining effectiveness of your treatment.
Here are some tips that you must follow to avoid possible side effects of laser hair removal:
Avoid direct sunlight exposure:
Sunlight is good for your skin, but only when given a very little exposure. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays is not at all good for your skin and may cause numerous unwanted skin conditions such as sunburns, early aging (formation of fine lines and wrinkles on face), development of sun spots and uneven skin pigmentation. So it is very important to protect your skin from sun exposure and under normal conditions, and especially if you are planning to undergo laser hair removal or have recently undergone the procedure. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen on the areas exposed to sunlight.
Avoid sunlight from hitting directly the treated, even if you have applied a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or take an umbrella when going out, for at least 3 to 4 weeks post procedure.
Do not tan your body before and after laser procedure
Laser targets dark pigment in your skin. If you have tanned skin, laser beams are most likely to target the skin pigment as well, increasing the chances of skin burns. Do not tan yourself on the beach or using indoor equipments, such as tanning bed and sun lamp.
Follow your dermatologist’s post-procedure instructions closely
Following your clinician’s post-procedure instructions is crucial for recovering well from a laser treatment and reaping maximum benefit. Use any ointment or serum prescribed by your doctor. Also make changes to your life style according to your physician’s instructions.
Follow these tips and you enjoy a smooth and silky skin free of unwanted hair. It is pertinent to mention here that laser hair removal is not a onetime procedure. Multiple sessions will be required to achieve desired results.