Ahhh…spring break…it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to the sunny days ahead. The warmer weather also means we’ll be wearing bathing suits and skimpier clothes and showing a lot more skin!
And for many, this accelerates the need for removing that excess hair that was not visible under all that winter clothing. But suddenly, your most vulnerable areas are exposed!
If you have been considering laser hair removal Kansas City, you will want to start your treatment now. If you have had a laser hair removal consultation, you were likely told that you should avoid the sun’s rays before the treatment. But what about after?
Is it safe to have laser hair removal and then hit the beach right away?
There are two types of UV rays that the sun produces. UVA rays are at the same level, all year round. These rays penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, regardless of how bright or hot the sun feels. UVB rays are less powerful, and affect the top layers of the skin. These are the rays that cause tanning and burning, and also is what sunscreen with SPF protection blocks.
Sunlight can sensitize the skin and have detrimental effects on laser hair removal. If possible patients should protect themselves from sun exposure for several weeks prior to undergoing this procedure.
If sun exposure is necessary, the area to be treated should be covered and sunscreen should be applied.
However, the skin at the treatment area must be completely cleaned of sunscreen and any other lotions or chemicals prior to the procedure being performed.
When you have a laser hair removal treatment done, a laser light energy is flashed at the skin. The light causes the melanin in the hair to absorb the light and turn it into heat. The dark hair on the body heats, and is destroyed.
When you add UVB rays to skin that has recently been exposed to laser hair removal treatment, you risk the chance of serious sun burn, so it is recommended that you avoid the sun for three days, or keep yourself covered when you do go outdoors.
The most ideal time to have laser hair removal done is in the fall and winter, but most people don’t think about hair removal needs until bathing suit season approaches. It is important to discuss any travel plans during your consultation, so that your treatment can be timed in the best possible way, for optimal hair removal and safety in the sun.
Laser hair removal utilizes highly developed and very delicate machines. Patients should understand that while this procedure is primarily cosmetic in nature, if performed by someone who is inexperienced or improperly trained, the results can be unsatisfactory or even quite painful. We have been performing this procedure at Midwest Medical for over 16 years and were one of the first medical spas to do so.
Be sure to ask questions prior to your laser hair removal treatment!
Patients should ask enough questions to be fully confident of the person who will be doing the procedure. Questions should include preparation, the procedure itself, post-procedure and side effects, including how exposure to the sun will affect this treatment.
Call now to schedule your complimentary consultation or book an appointment online; we promise to answer all of your questions!