Which Season Is the Best Time to Start Laser Hair Removal?



Which Season Is the Best Time to Start Laser Hair Removal?

Our treatments for laser hair removal in Toronto permanently reduce the amount of hair that grows on your body. It can be performed on various parts of the body, including the face, underarms, bikini area, abdomen, back, legs and arms. Not only will laser hair removal treatments lessen your need to shave, wax and pluck but it also encourages smooth, soft skin that is no longer damaged by razor burn and bumps.

Which Season Is the Best Time to Start Laser Hair Removal

With summer upon us, the desire to rid our bodies of unwanted hair is higher than any other time of year. While you can start laser hair removal at any time of year, there are certain seasons that are better than others. Find out why we recommend you start your laser hair removal in Toronto’s winter months.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Like the name of this cosmetic procedure suggests, a laser is used to remove unwanted hair from your body. A concentrated beam of light is emitted from the device, which penetrates the skin’s surface layer. The light is converted into heat, which works to damage the hair follicles within the skin that produce the hairs. This diminishes any future hair growth in the area that has been treated. Multiple treatments are necessary for optimal results.

The laser’s energy is drawn to the darker pigment of the follicle. This means that the more contrast there is between your skin and hair, the more effective the treatment becomes. While there is laser hair removal technology that can perform well on darker skin tones, it is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.

Why Winter Is the Best Season to Start Treatments

We recommend winter as the best time to start your laser hair removal in Toronto. There are a few reasons for this.

The first is that when living in southern Canada, we experience all four seasons at their extremes throughout the year. Since you want as much contrast as possible between the pigment of your skin and your hair follicles, you’ll want your skin as pale as possible. This means waiting for your summer tan to fade throughout the fall until you can begin treatment in the winter. Due to this, your treatments will be more effective and your hair will be removed faster than any other season.

Winter also means you spend more time covered up by longer, bulkier clothing. When you start prepping for laser hair removal in Toronto, you’ll have to stop plucking and waxing four weeks prior to your first appointment. When you use these methods of hair removal, the entire hair shaft is pulled from the follicle. Without the dark hair shaft present, the laser cannot focus on the follicle and damage its competency to grow hair. Any unwanted hair you would usually remove through these methods can be covered by jeans and sweaters.

Similarly, hair can sometimes grow back in patches before falling out. If this makes you self-conscious, having the option to cover up any parts of your body because it’s cold out makes winter a great choice to start your laser hair removal treatment.

Additionally, any kind of depilatory cream, fake tan or sun exposure is prohibited for two weeks before treatment. In fact, exposure to the sun can cause significant damage to the area you are lasering. It can also take approximately 10 months to complete the necessary six treatments for laser hair removal to be most effective. So starting in the winter months will give you plenty of time to get the majority of your laser treatments done before it’s bikini weather and you’re once again exposed to the sun.

The Sun’s Effect on Laser Hair Removal

While you should do your best to refrain from excessive sun exposure, it is a common misconception that the sun should be completely avoided.

At the same time, you need to be aware of the sun’s effects on laser hair removal. Sunburns and tans in the summertime are a result of the skin developing a darker pigment. As we’ve previously mentioned, darker pigmented skin causes less contrast against the hair. Without the dark hair attracting the laser, the pigmented skin will draw the laser’s focus. This could potentially cause serious damage to your skin and painful burns and scarring.

Most skin types require at least two weeks without being exposed to the sun before treatment. This goes for tanning beds and spray tans too. Of course, if you wish to get laser hair removal treatments done in the summer, you can! Just be careful not to expose your body’s lasered areas to the sun without the protection of sunscreen or for long periods of time.

At the end of the day, every patient is different from each other and how they will react to the procedure will vary. Speak with your Toronto laser hair removal technician to ensure you are aware of all the risks and after-care instructions associated with the procedure

If you’re considering laser hair removal in Toronto, come to McLean Clinic! Our expert technicians will gladly talk you through the entire process, no matter what season it is. Contact us to book a free consultation.

June 16, 2019

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