With summer here, many of us are thinking of ways to get into our best shape in time for swimsuit season, but all of the shaving, threading, waxing, and tweezing can be a nuisance. There are so many different types of hair removal treatments, but most of us wish we could find a more lasting and less time-consuming option. Getting smooth, fuzz-free skin is much easier with laser hair reduction. Our Rockland, Maine-based Skin Klinic & Day Spa team recommends laser treatments as a long-lasting and more effective method of removing hair from the face and body that’s less likely to cause irritation. Another great thing about this technique is that it helps to prevent ingrown hairs. If you’re considering having laser hair removal, it’s helpful to learn as much as you can about it in advance so that you can be sure that this treatment is the right option for you.

It Won’t Cause Much Discomfort

Many people are worried about laser skin resurfacing because they assume it will be uncomfortable. The truth is that laser treatments happen very quickly, and the device has a cooling mechanism that helps to offset any discomfort. Some people describe it as feeling similar to a rubber band snapping on the skin—which admittedly isn’t something you’d seek out for fun, but it also it easy to tolerate. Some areas are more uncomfortable than others. Also note that hair that is darker and coarser causes more discomfort because more energy is absorbed by the hair follicles.

You’ll Need to Avoid Some Things

Tanning and self-tanners should both be avoided prior to any laser hair removal treatment. It’s important that you limit your exposure to sunlight for several weeks leading up to a session because tanning could increase your risk of getting discoloration from lasers. Lasers target melanin (pigment) in the skin, and when the melanin in your skin is increased, it’s more difficult for the light to distinguish between the pigmented hair and pigmented skin. Not to mention, sun exposure makes your skin more sensitive and reactive to heat, so it’s more likely to burn. If you’re having laser hair removal in the warmer months, be sure to wear SPF 30 sunscreen constantly.

Also: No tweezing or waxing two weeks prior to laser hair removal—but please shave the area you would like treated prior to your treatment.

If you want to ditch the razor for good and try laser hair reduction, contact our Rockland, Maine Skin Klinic & Day Spa. Call us today at (207) 594-7003 or submit a contact form to schedule a consultation and get to learn more about laser treatments.

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