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    Jul 18, 2015

    18 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

    Get rid of the stubble struggle.

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    A magical device that permanently eliminates unwanted hair? UM, YES PLEASE.

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    Look, we ALL can be lazy. You don't want to wake up earlier than you have to just to shave because it's been a few days and your legs look like the Amazon during rainy season. And waxing is never a good time when growing out your hair beforehand results in you lookin' like Snuffaluffagus.

    Shaving is more of an annoyance than anything. That uncomfortable prickle when you haven't shaved and are wearing jeans? That 5 o'clock shadow under your arms? Don't lie, YOU KNOW THOSE FEELS.

    If you're looking for a more permanent solution for your unwanted hair woes, laser hair removal could be the best service for you.

    BuzzFeed talked to a board-certified dermatologist in order to give you details about laser hair removal treatments.

    1. Laser hair removal does not actually work by using magic.

    2. Stay out of the sun before your appointment.

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    At *least* four weeks before, to be exact. You can't receive this treatment if you're sunburned — or even if you have a tan. Summer might not be the best time to start laser hair removal if you're a fan of the outdoors. A lot of people start treatments in the fall or winter in order to have stubble-free skin by summer!

    3. You must shave the area you’re getting lasered.

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    Do NOT proceed to come in with your hairy self. This isn't like waxing, and you don't need to grow your unwanted hair out beforehand.

    On that note, you can't come in for laser hair removal if you've had a wax recently. Remember: The laser targets the PIGMENT of your hair follicle, and the follicle actually has to be there in order for this to work.

    The best thing you can do is shave a day before your appointment. If you don't, your physician will most likely provide you with a razor so you can get 'er done!

    4. This also includes staying away from tanning beds, spray tans, and tanning lotion.

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    Don't think you can get away with this, either. If you're for reals about this, queue up some Netflix shows and embrace the indoors for a while!

    5. Your physician will provide a test patch on your skin at your first appointment.

    6. Laser hair removal doesn’t automatically make you silky smooth after your first treatment.

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    I, too, was hoping that the process was a BAM one-and-done kinda deal, but alas it is not. Dr. Michele Green, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, tells BuzzFeed that it takes between five to six sessions of laser hair removal in order to see phenomenal results.

    7. Your appointment can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.

    8. Getting laser hair removal near the eyes is a BIG no.

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    Listen, I know cosmetic lasers may LOOK all pretty and innocent with their colored beams of light, but they can be seriously dangerous around the eyes. No matter where you're receiving treatment, you should always wear eye protection, which your physician will provide.

    9. You can’t make an appointment for a full-body laser hair removal treatment.

    10. If you want to see results, you have to be consistent.

    11. You should see prominent results after three months.

    12. Some hair and skin types can be a little harder to treat — but not impossible.

    13. The treatment itself isn't particularly relaxing.

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    I'll be real with you. Every time the laser fires, it feels like someone is snapping you with a rubber band. Sounds SUPER enticing, right? But the long-term result should be worth the half hour of pain.

    14. Lather up that sunscreen post-treatment.

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    Listen, sunscreen should be your BFF in general, but definitely use it after your treatment. Your skin will be sensitive — even if it doesn't feel like it — and you need to protect it as much as possible.

    15. DO NOT wax or pluck after your treatment, though.

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    Shaving is totally fine, but PUT DOWN THE TWEEZERS. Pulling out hair follicles after your laser hair removal treatment hinders the process. Your unwanted hair needs to fall out on its own in order to see the best results.

    16. Also avoid perfumes, deodorant, and hot showers.

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    Just for 24 to 48 hours after treatment, and take lukewarm showers for the first week. After that, you're golden!

    17. So, is laser hair removal actually SAFE?

    18. And the most important question… is it ~worth it~?

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    A THOUSAND TIMES YES, in my humble opinion.

    Laser hair removal doesn't guarantee to remove 100% of your unwanted hair, but the few stragglers that do grow back are pretty much unnoticeable. I've gone two months without shaving my legs before, and gone are all my prickly woes. Basically, enduring laser hair removal treatments equals YOUR FREEDOM FROM THE STUBBLE STRUGGLE.

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