Updated for 2019
As summer comes to an end, our days by the beach are numbered and time by the poolside winds down. But it’s not too soon to begin thinking about the next bikini season, and not just because you live for the good life. (Don’t we all?)
As you prepare to put your swimwear away, why not consider scheduling your first laser hair removal treatment session? Starting your sessions at the onset of fall is likely to offer you the best results for next summer.
Break up with the Razors
If you’re one of the many people who finds themselves exasperated by the amount of time and energy they spend tidying their facial and body hair, laser hair removal may be just the ticket.
Mention the word lasers and some people start thinking about outer space, but this technology is really quite simple. A laser is simply a beam of highly concentrated light, and during hair removal, the laser penetrates the skin without affecting the surrounding tissue.
Beneath the skin is where the magic happens, as the laser delivers a precise, controlled amount of heat to the hair follicle to disable it from growing back.
Why Start Now
Wouldn’t it be nice to ditch your razors and your wax routine for good by next summer?
Although it’s efficient, laser hair removal isn’t a one-time deal. The light-based technology targets the hair follicle during its growth phase, and because hair grows in stages, multiple sessions are necessary.
Within only 6 to 10 sessions, most people are able to achieve long-lasting hair reduction. It’s no wonder that laser hair removal continues to be one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments around.
After a session, most individuals note hair loss of the treated area within a week to 10 days. In order to protect skin and achieve an optimal outcome, each session should be spaced out between 4 to 6 weeks for the face and 8 to 10 weeks for the body, which makes now the perfect time to start your laser hair removal.
Less Sun Exposure
Another reason why it’s a smart move to start treatments now is that you need to avoid sun exposure of the treated area before and after each session.
Skin is more sensitive during laser hair removal, so avoiding tanning before each session and protecting the treated area afterward helps to prevent discoloration or other potential complications.
All Access Pass
Laser hair removal is effective for most areas of the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms and bikini line. The treatment requires no downtime, so you can get right back to real life.
Once treatments have been completed, a majority of people experience a 70 percent permanent reduction in unwanted hair. Typically, an annual laser hair removal booster session can keep things in check, as some fine, thin hairs may reappear over time.
Accept No Counterfeits
With laser hair removal being all the rage these days, it’s not hard to find someone who’ll take your money and zap your follicles, but they may not have your best interests in mind.
Buyer beware: you should only receive treatments from a certified laser technician who is experienced and knowledgeable, as there’s both an art and science to effective laser hair removal.
Your first step should be to have a consultation with a technician who can evaluate your skin type and answer any questions you may have, so that you’ll be ready to rock your hair-free bod come next summer.