Why Sun Exposure After Laser Hair Removal Could Be Harmful to Your Skin
Laser hair removal remains one of the most in-demand cosmetic treatments for men and women year after year, giving patients the opportunity to save countless dollars and hours on shaving, waxing, plucking, and other at-home hair removal methods. At Devine Aesthetic Solutions in Arlington, TX, Dr. Jeanine Thomas and our expert laser technicians perform laser hair removal using the revolutionary Soprano ICE™ laser, which provides patients with a virtually painless experience and more complete, longer-lasting results compared with other treatment systems. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what to expect during and after laser hair removal, including why it’s important to avoid direct sun exposure following treatment.
Where can laser hair removal be performed?
Most often, laser hair removal is used to reduce hair growth in the following areas:
- Pubic area
- Bikini line
Both men and women near Midlothian, Fort Worth, and Euless, TX can benefit from laser hair removal, with the best results being achieved by those patients with a lighter skin tone and darker hair color.
What do I need to do to prepare for laser hair removal?
Prior to your laser hair removal treatment, you’ll need to discontinue any hair removal method that removes the hair follicle – such as waxing, tweezing, and plucking – for at least 3 – 4 weeks. Shaving is fine, and it is recommended that patients shave the target treatment area(s) about 12 – 24 hours prior to treatment. Harsh exfoliants, retinol/retinoids, and other skin products should be discontinued prior to laser hair removal, and patients should avoid direct sun exposure and tanning.
How does laser hair removal work?
To begin, the skin will be cleansed to remove dirt, oil, makeup, or debris. Protective eyewear will be provided during treatment, and one of our certified laser technicians will pass the Soprano ICE laser over the skin. With its built-in cooling system, the Soprano ICE system makes laser hair removal virtually painless. Depending on the size and number of areas being treated, patients can expect their appointment to last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Following treatment, a soothing agent – such as aloe – will be applied to the skin to calm any redness or irritation you may experience. Sunscreen will also be applied, and it is critical that patients continue wearing sunscreen and avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and other UV light sources throughout the course of their treatment, including between appointments.
Why do I need to avoid sun after laser hair removal?
Exposing the skin to sunlight or UV rays after laser hair removal can increase sensitivity, which may cause hyperpigmentation, burning, scarring, and increased irritation with subsequent treatment sessions. For this reason, patients should avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen diligently prior to starting treatment, as well as between treatment sessions and following their final treatment. During your initial consultation for laser hair removal in the DFW area, our knowledgeable team will discuss further details about what you can expect after laser hair removal, including how long you may need to avoid sun exposure. Even after treatment, continuing to wear sunscreen can help to slow the progression of lines and wrinkles, decrease your skin cancer risks, and keep your complexion healthy and beautiful for as long as possible.
Say goodbye to shaving and hello to smooth, silky skin with laser hair removal in North Texas
If you are tired of the constant upkeep of maintaining hair-free skin, it may be time to consider laser hair removal. Take the first step toward saving time, money, and energy on at-home hair removal by calling Devine Aesthetic Solutions in Arlington, TX to schedule your private consultation for laser hair removal with Dr. Jeanine Thomas and our expert laser technicians today.