Why Winter is the Best Time to Start Laser Hair Removal

Feb 09, 2023
Why Winter is the Best Time to Start Laser Hair Removal
Winter is the perfect time to start thinking about your plans for sensational summertime skin. Learn why you need to start booking your laser hair removal appointments at the beginning of the new year to achieve the results you want by summer.

Laser hair removal can make your life exponentially easier, especially during bikini season. After laser treatments, you no longer have to deal with the discomfort or hassle of shaving or waxing the hair on your body or face.

At Island Aesthetics & Dermatology, our dermatology specialists Kristy Anderson, ARPN, and Shannon Tumblin, ARPN, provide noninvasive laser hair removal services, so you can keep your skin feeling smooth and looking great.

If you want your skin to be summer-ready, winter is the time to start your laser hair sessions.

What to know about laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses laser energy to destroy the hair follicles beneath your skin, so they can no longer grow new hairs.

Our dermatology specialists use the cutting-edge Palomar Icon™ laser system by Cynosure® to target hair follicles on nearly any part of your body, including your:

  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Shoulders

The laser technology is powerful but gentle enough to treat unwanted hair on the most delicate parts of your skin, such as your upper lip, underarms, and bikini line.

After your laser hair treatment, you can go right back to your usual activities without any limitations or downtime. Within a few weeks, treated hairs start falling out without affecting the health of your skin.

Why timing matters in laser hair removal

Winter is the best time to start planning your laser hair removal sessions. This is because laser technology can only treat hairs in the active growth phase.

To eliminate all unwanted hair in the treatment area, our providers may recommend multiple laser sessions scheduled several weeks apart. The earlier you make your appointment, the easier it is to get the hair-free skin you want for the summer season.

Another reason why winter appointments work best for laser hair removal has to do with the tone of your skin. To destroy unwanted body hair, the laser energy targets the darker hairs within the follicle with a high level of precision.

When you have a tan, the outcome of your laser treatments may not be as good as they can be when your skin is paler. Even using an artificial self-tanner can impact your laser hair removal results. That’s why you don’t want to tan your skin before treatment.

Other benefits of winter hair removal sessions

One of the side effects laser hair removal can cause is increased skin sensitivity. 

For about two weeks after each laser session, your skin is very sensitive to the sun. Spending any time in the sun, especially without the protection of a high-quality sunscreen, can cause serious health complications.

If you schedule your laser hair removal sessions at Island Aesthetics & Dermatology during the winter months, you won’t have to miss out on any outdoor summertime activities. You can also wear pants and long-sleeved shirts more comfortably during the colder months.

If you’re ready to schedule your first laser hair removal session, call Island Aesthetics & Dermatology in Coupeville, Washington, or book an appointment online today.