There are many benefits that you can gain by opting to start laser hair removal treatments in the fall. These procedures are designed to create a permanent reduction in hair growth. While many hairs in the treated area may never return, all new hair growth is certain to be thinner, finer and far less noticeable. Getting a head start on these efforts during the cooler months is a great way to obtain optimal results before temperatures rise, and shorter and more revealing clothing becomes the norm. There are also many practical reasons for having laser hair removal performed while the skies are overcast, and the weather is cool.
Lasers Are Most Effective On Lighter-Toned Skin
Many of the lasers that are used for laser hair removal function by targeting the dark pigment in hair. Due to this fact, they tend to be most effective when used on people with light skin and dark hair. Having the procedure performed at a time when your skin has not been deeply bronzed by sun exposure is an easy way to enhance the efficacy of these treatments. This also limits the risk of having the laser cause damage or irritation to the surrounding skin. While there are lasers that work on darker skin tones, these tend to require more sessions.
No Sun Exposure after Laser Treatments
Although this is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that doesn’t have an extensive recovery time, it’s important for people to avoid sun exposure for up to two weeks after they had laser hair removal performed. In the warmer, sunnier months of the year, this can be a bit of a challenge. Covering up and wearing plenty of sunblock will minimize sun exposure, but it is often much easier to get around and take care of important business when the sky is cloudy and overcast. You will still need to wear sunblock and keep the treated area as covered as possible, but you will be a lot less uncomfortable wearing longer clothes that shelter the skin in cooler temperatures.
Redness and Irritation
There are not a lot of side effects that people are likely to experience as the result of these treatments. Slight redness and swelling, however, are common developments after a laser hair removal treatment. These issues will abate on their own within just a few day or hours. Throughout the fall months, longer, warmer clothes will keep your skin protected and any redness concealed. Thus, although these treatments can be performed year-round, the safest and easiest time is during the fall, when sun exposure is naturally minimized, and skin tones tend to be lighter.
At Dermatology Associates, we will work with you to help you get the smooth, hair-free skin you want in time for next spring or summer. Our medical team can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule your consultation.