Laser hair removal is a very popular option for getting rid of unwanted hair in areas like the armpits, legs, or face. If you’re considering laser hair removal, you might not have thought about whether it’s the right time of year for it. Fall is actually one of the best times to get laser hair removal even though many people opt for it during the summer when they’re most aware of their unwanted hair. Here’s what to know about laser hair removal during the fall and how Dr. Shauna Diggs can help you achieve your laser hair removal goals.
Why is Fall the Best Season for Laser Hair Removal?
Keeping away from the sun for 10-14 days before and after any laser hair removal session is crucial. This is because the laser energy makes the skin more vulnerable to sun damage or sunburns – conversely, sunburn or sun tanning can make the procedure less effective. During the fall, you’re less likely to spend extended time outside in the sun as temperatures cool and cloudy weather becomes more common.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by using heat to damage the hair growth mechanisms in the follicles. During treatment, laser energy of a specific wavelength is administered to the hair shafts. The pigment in the hair shafts attracts the laser energy where it travels to the follicles and generates heat. This heat damages the follicles and, over time, slows the growth of new hair. Laser hair removal is very safe and effective when performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist.
What You Should Know Before Laser Hair Removal
Before your laser procedure begins, you should keep away from the sun for at least two weeks. Make sure to use SPF 30+ daily and avoid extended time in the sunlight. Additionally, some topical medications can impact the effectiveness of your procedure, Dr. Diggs will go over your medications and when to stop using them. Some laser hair removal technologies work best on patients with lighter skin and dark hair, but there are a variety of platforms that can be used on patients of many different skin types and tones.
The day before your procedure, you should shave the treatment area. This will help avoid heat injury to the top layer of the skin and avoid the chance the laser energy will be simply absorbed into the hair. Keep in mind that it’s normal to experience some redness and sensitivity after laser hair removal and you’ll have some minor restrictions on your activities – make sure to plan your schedule accordingly.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in laser hair removal in Grosse Pointe, MI, or the nearby areas, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Diggs. During a consultation, you’ll discuss your best options for laser hair removal. To get started, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.