One way to get excited for the warmer weather that it to come (and to help us get through these long cold winters) is to start prepping for summer! While it may seem like it should be the opposite way around- winter is actually the best time of year for laser hair removal! Although no season is off limits for a treatment or touch up- it is best to start the laser hair removal process between the months of October and April…otherwise known as laser hair removal season!
Here are some of the benefits of bearing the laser hair removal process in the winter so you can bare it all in the summer!
Shorter days and colder temps = limited sun exposure
During the dead of winter one is not really going to inadvertently spend too much time in the sun and get a tan, sadly- it is just not possible. While being pale might not be our favorite skintone- it is the perfect setup for laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can’t be performed on sunburned or tanned skin. When laser hair removal is done on skin that’s darker than its normal, natural shade, it increases the risk of inaccurate laser settings, which can wind up damaging your skin.
Likewise, prolonged sun exposure should also be avoided following laser hair removal, the laser makes the treatment area more sensitive and therefore susceptible to UV damage. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to protect your skin from sun exposure in the weeks leading up to your first treatment, and maintain consistent sun protection measures throughout your entire treatment cycle. For most people, this task is far easier to accomplish in the winter months.
Appointment preparation is “smoother”
Laser hair removal targets active-growth hair follicles, but it can only target those follicles if there’s some amount of hair in the follicle itself. This means that the treatment doesn’t work on areas that have been waxed, plucked, or cleared with depilatory cream, as these removal methods pull hair out at the root, leaving nothing behind for the laser to focus on.The best way to prepare for laser hair removal is by shaving the treatment area one or two days before your appointment. Your remaining growth should be close enough to the surface of your skin that virtually all of the laser’s energy is directed down the short stubble and into the follicle. During warm summer months when you’re used to maintaining a stricter hair removal practice, it can be more challenging to avoid waxing and other treatments that give you the smooth, hair-free skin you want. Going through the process in the winter months means you can keep those stubbly areas covered up, and you’ll be less tempted to just rip that unwanted hair out at the root.
Start now and be summer ready just in time!
The late fall or early winter is an ideal time to begin the laser hair removal process, which typically takes a few months to complete. By the time you finish your last session, you’ll be hair-free and swimsuit-ready just as the warm weather rolls in. Laser hair removal takes a few months to complete because of the fact that your hair grows in cycles. Of the three phases of growth your hair goes through — anagen, catagen, and telogen — anagen is the only active-growth phase. Remember, the laser only targets active-growth hair follicles. So hair follicles that are in the catagen or telogen phase during your first session won’t be affected by the treatment at all. To make sure the treatment gets rid of most of the hair in a specific area, you’ll need to have multiple laser hair removal sessions over the course of time. Most patients see complete, permanent results after a series of three to six laser hair removal treatments, with each session spaced four to six weeks apart.
If you’re ready to get started, now’s the time! Set up your free consultation at La Perla and we will get you started!