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If your plans to get smooth for the summer involve ditching your razor and switching to the laser, there are a few things you should know before scheduling your appointments.

Laser hair removal is touted as the most effective method of long-term hair reduction. To get the most out of your treatments, there are several pre- and post-care steps you can take to maximize your results, including:

#1: Avoid tweezing and waxing.

Laser hair removal uses a pulse of laser light to penetrate the skin, delivering heat energy to the root of the hair and destroying the hair follicle. While you may think you’re getting a head start on reducing hair growth by tweezing or waxing, laser hair removal will not work if the roots of your hair are not intact. Therefore, you should avoid any methods of hair removal that pull the hair from the root prior to your treatments.

#2: Shave between treatments.

Waxing and plucking may be off the table, but shaving in the days before laser hair removal is highly encouraged. Shaving only removes the visible hair and leaves the follicle in the active phase of hair growth. Laser hair removal is most effective when your roots are in this stage of growth, making shaving an ideal way to prep your target areas for optimal treatment and maximized results.

#3: Avoid heavy sun exposure.

Unless you’re wearing the proper-strength sunscreen, you should not expose your skin to sunlight before or after your laser hair removal sessions. Lasers and the sun do not mix well. Tanning your skin can lead to adverse side effects like burning, blistering and other pigmentation concerns. For your best results, come to your treatments with bare, untanned and untreated skin free of perfumes, moisturizers or dyes.

#4: Follow through with your series of treatments.

We know you want to be hair-free ASAP, but the key with laser hair removal is to be patient and persistent. Since your hair grows in multiple cycles, your follicles are never consistently active, so several treatments are necessary for optimal results. Treatments are typically performed four to six weeks apart and involve multiple sessions depending on the size and number of areas being treated. You will see that with each treatment, the hair that regrows is thinner, lighter and less numerous.

#5: Choose AlluraDerm MD Med Spa for the latest in laser technology!

We are proud to offer the state-of-the-art LEDA Laser, the latest in laser technology for hair reduction on all skin types. LEDA Laser is safe and effective for permanent hair growth reduction on all areas of the body, including the underarms, chest, stomach, bikini area, legs, arms and back, without any downtime required.

Our expert team is prepared and eager to help you get the smooth, hair-free results you’re looking for! Call (505) 821-9630 or request a consultation online today to get started.