Shaving, waxing, threading, and epilating are time-consuming; nobody has time for that these days. With just a few, short and painless laser hair removal sessions, anyone can have a smooth beach-ready body forever. There are just a few things you need to do to prepare: are you prepared for your appointment? Use this guide to make the most of your laser hair removal session at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe in Mayag”uez, PR.
How Do I Prepare for My Laser Hair Removal Session?
Now that you’ve decided to simplify with laser hair removal, you must prepare for your visit by following some essential steps. Depending on your beauty routine, preparations for your session could start as much as six weeks before your appointment.
It’s vital to follow these instructions precisely to get the most out of treatment.
No Waxing, Plucking, and Epilating
Stop any hair removal method that removes hair at the root for at least six weeks before you have a session scheduled. All methods that remove the root can disturb hair follicles and complicate the laser removal process.
Avoid the Sun
Keep your treatment area out of the sun for at least six weeks before your appointment. Your skin isn’t one solid unit. Hair removal with a laser impacts the top layers of skin and having a superficial tan during your session impacts treatment results. Discoloration and other issues may result from using a laser on tanned skin. Wearing full-coverage clothing in the weeks before your appointment can provide additional prevention from tanning.
Wear a Broad-Spectrum High SPF Sunblock
For many of our clients, avoiding the sun isn’t an option. If you must expose your treatment area to the sun, wear a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply sunscreen as directed to ensure your skin is adequately protected.
Quit Self-Tanning, Retinol, and Antibiotics
At least two weeks before your session, you should stop self-tanning, applying anything with retinol, and taking antibiotics. These three things make your skin extra sensitive to laser treatment, but in different ways. Self-tanner can create unsightly skin pigmentation variances that most people don’t welcome. Retinol and antibiotics make your skin more sensitive to the laser treatment. They need at least two weeks to clear your system.
Investigate Your Skincare Products
We’ll provide you a list of ingredients in skincare products to avoid for a week before and after treatment. Please make sure you look for these ingredients in the products you use. Many anti-aging products have ingredients like AHA, BHA, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and vitamin C.
While these ingredients are great for the skin, they aren’t compatible with this laser treatment. These ingredients make your skin vulnerable to the heat of the laser. Don’t use them before your appointment.
With a new, unused razor, shave the area you’ll have treated one or two days before your appointment. Unlike waxing, tweezing, and epilating, shaving doesn’t remove hair at the root. Some of your hair will be visible, which makes it easier for us to target the pigment in the hair root. Please do not skip this step. Shaving reduces the chance of burning.
Thoroughly cleanse your skin on the day of your laser session and keep it free from cosmetics, fragrances, lotions, deodorant, or creams. You should arrive at your appointment with clean, fresh, bare skin. Some ingredients in beauty products can interact with the functioning of the treatment, so you must cleanse your skin before your session.
We recommend wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to your laser hair removal session. Feel free to wear clothing that leaves the skin exposed. Although this laser treatment isn’t painful, tight and abrasive clothing could irritate your sensitive skin.
After your session, we apply soothing topical creams to your treatment site. This ointment may stain or discolor any clothing it touches.
Is There Anything I Should Do After or In-between Sessions?
Knowing how to care for your skin after your treatment session is as essential as the preparatory phase. Although many of the rules from before apply, there are different time parameters for each restriction.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
For the first two to three weeks after your appointment, you should avoid direct sunlight. Your skin is in a more vulnerable state and staying out of the sun is the best way to protect it.
After treatment, your skin will be more sensitive than usual, and you must wear sunblock. Your skin will be less resistant to ultraviolet rays of the sun, which can cause discoloration. We’d recommend that you use a high-quality, high-strength sunblock free from fragrances, chemicals, and other additives.
Cooler Showers or Baths
We recommend skipping very hot showers or baths, including hot tubs, for the first 48 hours after treatment. It’s perfectly acceptable to bathe, but keep the temperature lower. Hot water can further irritate your skin.
Wait to Exfoliate
Don’t scrub, rub, scratch, or exfoliate your treatment area for at least ten days after treatment. Doing so can cause skin irritation and clogged pores.
Resist the Urge to Scratch
With all skin healing comes an itching sensation, and this may be the case after laser hair removal. Try your best not to scratch or pick at your skin; it will only increase irritation. We recommend using an approved, non-comedogenic moisturizer. Contact us if you have any questions about which moisturizers to use.
If you receive treatment under your arms, don’t use deodorant for three to five days after your appointment. Deodorant contains chemicals and ingredients that might irritate your skin.
Bare or Natural
When you’ve had a hair removal session on your face, avoid wearing makeup for at least full days after your appointment. If going bare-faced isn’t an option, you are free to wear mineral makeup sparingly.
Don’t Manually Maintain
Hair grows in cycles, so you will see new hair growth. Only part of your hair is in a growth stage at any given time. You may be tempted to wax, shave, or tweeze hair when you see the hair emerge, but don’t. Your skin is in a heightened state of sensitivity, and you must wait at least 48 hours after your session before manually removing new hair growth.
Trust Your Doctor
Keep in mind that the guidelines above are general. Everyone has different skin needs. Dr. Steljes examines your skin to find the right protocol for your laser hair removal treatment. If any of the information above varies from the information provided by Steljes, always go with her recommendations. She has years of experience providing the most successful results for patients.
What Expectations Can I Have for Treatment?
Using lasers for hair removal has quickly become one of the most popular choices for good reasons. Not only is it the longest-lasting option, but it saves clients time and money. Before deciding on laser treatment, you probably want to know what to expect. These considerations can help you determine if this is the right treatment option for your needs.
Suitable for Nearly Every Region of the Body
Our laser can remove hair from almost anywhere on the body. Please contact us if you have any questions about where you can receive this laser treatment.
At Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe, we use only the most advanced laser technology for your treatment. We are proud to offer the Cynosure Elite Laser for all your hair removal needs. During treatment, we pass the warming light beam toward your hair follicles to hinder growth. This innovative treatment is among the most advanced on the laser market today.
Laser therapy is more permanent than any other hair removal system. Although no method is permanent, removing hair with a laser is the closest you’ll get to perfectly smooth skin. The laser targets hair follicles to stop new hair from growing. After several sessions, you will enjoy a dramatic reduction in hair growth in the treatment area. After the initial session series, patients are free to return for touch-ups at their discretion. Usually, touch-ups happen every six to 12 months.
The amount of time it will take to remove unwanted hair with a laser depends on the area you are treating. Larger areas like the legs naturally take longer than a smaller region like under the arms. The upper lip or top of ear treatment takes only a few minutes to complete. Planning to spend one hour in treatment is typical for larger areas. No matter your treatment site, having laser removal in Mayaguez is a fast process.
Many of our clients can fit their appointments into their routine by scheduling during a lunch break. Please keep in mind that it will take a few weeks for your results to be noticeable.
Session Series for Complete Hair Removal
Laser removal isn’t a one-off process because hair grows in stages. There isn’t a way to remove all hair in one day; biology simply doesn’t allow it. To remove all hair from an area, you will need to schedule a series of sessions. We schedule these sessions to target hair in the growth cycle. Each part of the body operates on its own hair growth cycle. We’ll discuss the details of this process and your options at your consultation.
Lasers have been a staple in the hair removal realm for over 20 years and are proven effective and safe. At Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe, we do our part to make the process as gentle as possible. However, to keep your skin healthy, you must follow the before and after treatment instructions.
Costs for this treatment vary depending on the treatment area. Some people look at the price from a short-sighted view. When you consider how much money you spend on waxing, razors, depilatory creams, epilators, or any other hair removal device, you get a better picture of the value of this treatment. Once you pay for your sessions, you won’t have to spend money on those products ever again. Laser prices end up being cheaper in the long run.
Schedule a consultation with us to learn how much your laser treatment will cost.
Say Goodbye to Ingrown Hairs
One of the biggest challenges faced with other hair removal options is ingrown hairs. With laser treatment, you’ll never have to worry about the pain, irritation, and appearance of ingrown hairs again.
Schedule a Consultation for Laser Treatment in Mayaguez
After deciding to let lasers remove your hair, preparing for your session is the most important part of the process. After your session, you’ll get to sit back, relax, and enjoy all the benefits of smooth and soft skin. Contact us today at Servicios Quirurgicos del Caribe in Mayaguez, PR to schedule your laser hair removal consultation.