Here are our top reasons why winter is an ideal time to for laser hair reduction:
Pale Skin = Ideal SkinLaser hair reduction works best on pale skin and dark hair. This is because the laser emits a concentrated beam of light that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. The light energy can be absorbed by any type of pigment; thus, when the surrounding skin is tan, the laser becomes “confused” and is unable to accurately focus. For best results, it is best to let your skin return to its natural color by avoiding any sun exposure or tanning products.
Easy to Stay Out of the SunAny laser treatment will increase your skin’s sensitivity. More vulnerable to sun damage, post-treatment, it is important to avoid direct sun exposure for a number of weeks to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Not only are we inside far more during the winter months, when outside, warm layers like leggings, sweaters, and scarves provide a protective barrier.
You Will Need More than One TreatmentLaser hair reduction requires a series of treatments. As our hair grows in cycles, treatments must be carried out during each new hair growth to attack all of the follicles. In between treatments, you will need to let your hair grow out—often unsightly, many patients appreciate that they can keep covered during the cooler months.
The number of treatments varies, but most people require six to ten treatments spaced anywhere from four to eight weeks apart. By starting now, you can complete your series in time for the warm summer weather.