Why You Should Begin Laser Hair Removal During Winter

Don't wait to start thinking about your first treatment.
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When the weather starts getting warmer and it’s time to sport your short skirts, shorts, dresses and bikinis, many women start to think about laser hair removal — but this usually isn’t a good idea.

This is because you’ll need to undergo a series of laser hair removal treatments spaced a few weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

The average time it takes to see results is three months, and the results only improve after that.

If you begin your laser hair removal treatments in the fall or winter, by the time the warm weather arrives, you’ll have achieved up to 90 percent permanent reduction in hair growth.

Two additional reasons it’s better to start laser hair removal in the autumn or winter include:

Laser hair removal works best on dark hair and pale skin. So if you’re tan, the effectiveness of treatments significantly decreases.

If your skin is tanned, then the setting on the laser needs to be reduced, rendering it less effective.

During the fall and winter months, there is less chance your skin will be exposed to the sun.

What’s more, after each laser hair removal treatment, you’ll need to keep the targeted areas of your body out of sunlight.

It’s obviously easier to do this during the colder months, since you’ll be wearing more clothing anyway.

Want to learn more about laser hair removal and what it can do for you? Then read on.


The Science Behind Laser Hair Removal

You’re probably wondering how laser hair removal works. We’re here to fill you in: Laser hair removal uses laser light pulses that selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin in them.

The hair follicle’s pigment absorbs the laser’s energy damaging the follicle enough to significantly slow down hair regrowth.

Since the lasers target melanin, coarse dark hair and light skin combinations tend to respond best to treatment.


Is Laser Hair Removal Right For You?

Laser hair removal technologies works by targeting the melanin in hair follicles so clients with “high-color contrasts” such as those with dark hair and light skin tend to respond best to treatment.

Light to medium tanned skin with dark hair also works well, but likely will require lower setting and a few more treatments.

The time it takes to perform a laser hair removal procedure depends on the size of the treatment area and the patient’s skin tone and hair color. Generally a session can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.

Once the session begins, you’ll feel a “slight plucking sensation” indicating that the hair follicle is being heated. Most clients describe the sensation similar to a warm stone combined with a very light rubber band snapping against your skin.

Most clients can immediately resume their normal activities. It’s important, however, that you avoid direct sun exposure. You should also wear sunblock with a high SPF for several weeks afterwards.


Lase Hair Removal Gets Results

There’s no question that laser hair removal works. It’s the preferred way to remove hair because it’s safer and more permanent than other methods, such as waxing, plucking, shaving and electrolysis.

Laser hair removal is so effective that most clients experience significant hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.

Often times after only one session, patient are free of “razor bumps” after a shave.

Most patients achieve maximum results when five-to-six treatments are performed one month apart.

Then after a “steady state” of hair dormancy, most patients will require maintenance treatments averaging about one treatment every three-to-four months.


Destin Plastic Surgery is proud to offer many options when it comes to laser hair removal. Want to learn more about laser hair removal? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today at our office.

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