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Patience and consistency are key for getting your best laser hair removal results. If you want to be successful in your hair removal journey, you need to plan ahead. This is especially true if you want to be hair-free in time for next year’s beach season.

The good news is that now is the perfect time to start prepping for your treatments, and here’s why:

Your hair follicles need to be intact; avoid waxing and plucking.

Contrary to what may seem like the right approach, waxing or tweezing prior to your laser hair removal treatments will not put you ahead of the game. In fact, such methods of hair removal will put you behind schedule as laser hair removal is ineffective if the roots of your hair are not intact. Laser hair removal works by delivering a pulse of laser light to the skin to heat and then destroy the hair follicle, which won’t work if the follicle isn’t there. Therefore, all methods of hair removal should be avoided in the weeks leading up to treatment, aside from shaving. This is because shaving only removes the visible hair, leaving the root in the active phase of hair growth. We highly encourage you to shave in between treatments to prep your target areas for optimal results.

Hair grows in multiple cycles; several treatments are required.

Multiple cycles of hair growth mean all your follicles are never consistently active. For optimal results, a series of treatments performed four to six weeks apart is needed. Your ideal number of treatments will depend on the size and number of areas being treated. With each treatment, you’ll notice thinner, lighter and less numerous amounts of hair until you’ve reached your desired results. Generally, you should allot yourself at least six months to complete your series, so if you’re aiming for silky-smooth, hairless skin by summer, fall is the perfect time to get the ball rolling.

Your skin will be sensitive; avoid heavy sun exposure.

As lasers and the sun do not mix, it’s best to avoid heavy sun exposure throughout your laser hair removal treatments and come to your appointments with untanned skin. Treating actively tanned skin can lead to adverse side effects like hyperpigmentation, burning and scarring. Completing your treatments throughout the fall and winter months is not only ideal because your tan lines have faded, but also because there is limited sun exposure, giving your skin time to safely recover by summertime.

At AlluraDerm MD Med Spa, we proudly provide the state-of-the-art LEDA Laser which can reduce unwanted hair growth on any area of the body, including the underarms, chest, stomach, bikini area, legs, arms and back. To learn more about getting your best hair-free results, call (505) 821-9630 or request a consultation online today to get started.