Beach Trip Prep? FAQs About Laser Hair Removal Services And Vacations

Are you ready for your beach vacation? Whether your honeymoon is on the horizon, you have a family trip coming up, or you're just prepping for an end-of-summer getaway, take a look at what you need to know about laser hair removal services. 

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

This cosmetic procedure is exactly what the name says—removing unwanted hair with a laser (concentrated light beam). The pigment in the hair absorbs the light. The light energy changes to heat and damages the hair follicles. Over time, this slows or stops hair growth. 

A laser treatment is an alternative to shaving, waxing, threading, or other removal options. Not only does it eliminate the need for daily or weekly hair removal, but it can also reduce skin irritation. Instead of red shave bumps, lasered skin is smooth, and hair and bump-free. These treatments are available for the face, bikini zone, and some other body areas.

When Should You Schedule An Appointment?

Don't wait until the day before your vacation to schedule a laser removal service. You will need to avoid direct sunlight immediately after your treatment. This could interfere with your beach day bathing suit plans. Talk to your dermatologist or the provider at your laser hair removal company about the best time to schedule an appointment. The doctor can provide you with after-care instructions before the procedure. This makes it easier to anticipate how many days you will need to heal before your beach vacation.

Some people experience slight swelling, redness, or discomfort after a laser hair removal treatment. These temporary symptoms could cause mid-trip irritation. Avoid potential side effect-related issues and consider how much healing time you will need. Again, talk to the dermatologist about after-care.

Will A Laser Treatment Work the First Time?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the first laser session may provide a 10 to 25 percent reduction in noticeable hair. Your hair may also have a lighter color or thinner texture. The AAD notes that it typically takes between two and six treatments to see full results. These results may last for many months or a few years. This means your bikini zone, legs, or another body area may still have hair when you go on vacation. 

If you want to leave your razor at home when you travel to the beach, you may need to start laser treatments weeks or months before your trip. But if you don't mind some leftover hair or hair that's lighter/finer, you won't need to complete several laser treatments in advance. 

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