AdvancedClinics in Oklahoma City can reduce or eliminate hair growth using laser hair removal. Excessive hair growth in unwanted areas can be the result of genetics or medical conditions. Laser hair removal in OKC is commonly used to remove unwanted hair on the body in areas such as the face, neck, armpits, chest, back, genital area, arms, and legs. With the popularity of laser hair removal in OKC growing, here is a general pre-treatment scenario that can help you prepare for laser hair removal.
In the Weeks Prior to Your Treatment
All human hair follicles follow a repeating three-phase life cycle — hair growth, hair death, and rest. Not every hair is in the same phase at the same time. So, in order to maximize the effects of laser hair removal in OKC, you will prepare for the treatment in advance.
The laser used for hair removal emits a light absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair root. The laser light damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth. For laser hair removal to work properly, the hair root must be intact. So, avoid waxing, tweezing, plucking, and threading the area you are planning to have treated.
The lasers used for hair removal are designed to target the pigment of each hair follicle. Bleaching the hair you plan to have removed will make it difficult for the laser to target the hairs and will make the treatment less effective.
It’s recommended that you stay out of the sun for a minimum of weeks prior to your appointment for laser hair removal in OKC. There are two reasons. The first is that the sun will “naturally” bleach the hair, making it more difficult for the hair removal lasers to target the hair root. Additionally, tanning can increase the likelihood of side effects.
In the Days Prior to Your Treatment
Certain medications increase skin sensitivity and should be avoided prior to your appointment for laser hair removal in OKC. One example is acne medication.
In the Hours Prior to Your Treatment
It sounds counterproductive, but lasers work best on freshly shaven hair because long unshaven hair prevents the light from reaching the root, and long hairs also tend to absorb the laser’s energy. Since shaving doesn’t remove the root, the laser is able to target the pigment in the root and destroy the follicle.