Am I a candidate for laser hair reduction?

Whether you have unwanted hair on your arms, legs, chest, back, or other areas, most people can benefit from laser hair removal at some point in their lives. In order to be ready for those warm weather months, now is the time to put a treatment plan in place. You’ll be ready to wear your favorite shorts and swimsuit without the worry of unwanted hair. Here is more information about laser hair reduction and why you should consider it.

Candidates for treatment

As we said, most people can benefit from laser hair reduction, especially if:

  • You are a man who wants to get rid of hair on your back or think you have too much hair on your chest or arms.
  • You are a woman who is tired of shaving her underarms and legs and waxing her bikini line.
  • You have a sharp contrast between the color of unwanted hair and your skin tone. The greater the contrast, the better the results. This is because the laser wavelength will be able to distinguish the hair from the skin pigment easily.

Prior to treatment

You will need to avoid plucking, waxing, shaving and bleaching your hair that will be treated for at least three weeks prior to your first treatment and throughout your treatment process, which may last a few months.

You will need to discuss your medications and skincare products with your technician. You need to refrain from using products that contain Alpha or Beta Hydroxyl acids, Retinol or Retin A for 3-5 days prior to treatments.

Avoid sun exposures, including tanning beds and sunless tanning lotions for 4-6 weeks before treatment. When you are out in the sun before and after treatment, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both ultraviolet A and B rays.

Laser hair reduction is a safe, successful treatment that helps patients achieve 85-90 percent permanent reduction in hair growth. If you live in Washington, D.C., or surrounding area, call our office at 202-785-4187 to schedule a consultation and determine whether you are a candidate for laser hair reduction treatment.


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