Laser hair removal is a cycle. Sort of. You need six sessions six weeks apart. You may need more sessions. But your laser treatment becomes part of your routine. Just like your menstrual cycle. Are both compatible though? Can you undergo laser hair removal while on your period?
Hair removal while on your period is never easy business. Especially if you wax. After all, the area becomes much more sensitive when you are on your cycle. And waxing hurts. A lot. Even more so that time of the month. Yet, does that mean you need to cancel your laser session?
How does laser hair removal work
Laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method. To the FDA, it is not a permanent hair removal method. Lack of long-term research on the effects of the procedure, you see.
A laser treatment will reduce hair growth by up to 95%. However, a lot of patients do indeed experience permanent hair removal. Of course, factors such as genetics, hair color, previous hair removal history, hair growth cycle will also play a role.
The procedure relies on selective photothermolysis. It is the use of short pulses of light to treat skin conditions. This method causes less damage to normal tissue than do continuous beam lasers.
During a session, a beam of light is produced. It targets the pigments in the hair. Once the melanin has absorbed the energy, the latter travels down to the hair follicle. There, it turns into thermal energy.
The heat damages the hair follicle beyond repairs and prevents any further growth. For a laser treatment to work, the hair must be in the anagen phase of growth. It is indeed the only time the hair and follicle are connected.
As only 20% of hair is in the right phase at any point in time, one session can only treat so many hair. That is why treatments always include six sessions six weeks apart. So that you can treat all unwanted body hairs regardless of the hair growth cycle.
Can I undergo laser hair removal while on my period?
Short answer, yes. You can undergo laser hair removal while on your period. Long answer, well, it is up to you. There is absolutely no contraindication for laser hair removal while on your menstrual cycle.
Especially if you do not treat an area near your bikini. Your period will have no impact on your full legs or underarms laser treatment for example. At Spektrum Laser Spa, we will be able to treat you as normal. Nothing will change.
If you are coming in for a full Brazilian or any other bikini laser treatment, things may be a bit different. We will ask you to wear a tampon. Otherwise we won’t be able to treat you. You will still need to shave the area.
Being on your period will have no impact on our laser technicians performing the treatment. We have all been there. Prepare for your session as usual, wear a tampon and tell your technician that you are on your cycle.
Indeed, being on your period may make you less tolerant to pain.
Can my menstrual cycle interfere with the treatment?
Your menstrual cycle can indeed interfere with the treatment. When you are on your period, your hormone levels increase. Your body is going through some changes. This will reflect outside of your body.
Especially through hair growth. Indeed, the hair growth cycle is triggered by hormones. Higher hormone levels caused by your period may produce stronger hair follicles that are harder to treat. Your hair growth may also be stronger.
You may also have noticed that your intimate area is more sensitive while you are on your cycle. Thus, your laser treatment may be more painful than usual. Only if you do indeed treat your bikini.
That is why you need to tell your laser technician. Knowing that you are undergoing laser hair removal while on your period, they will be able to adjust the treatment for you. Indeed, they can change the settings of the machine.
They can reduce the intensity of the laser so that it is more comfortable for you. The effect of your period on your bikini treatment exists although they will not have a long-term impact. If you feel uncomfortable coming in for a session while on your period, you can reschedule.
Make sure you call us at least 24 hours in advance though.
Why do I need to stick to a tight schedule
While we do understand if you do not wish to undergo laser hair removal while on your period, we advise that you still come in for a session. Again, your cycle will have absolutely no impact on any treatment that is not related to your bikini.
Bikini laser hair removal may be more painful during your cycle. Indeed, the area is much more sensitive that time of the month. The technician can reduce the laser intensity to make the treatment more bearable.
As long as you wear a tampon, we will treat you. Laser hair removal relies on consistency. It can be hard to track one’s hair growth cycle. Sometimes some hair follicles need several treatments to be permanently damaged.
That is why you need to come in for a laser session every six weeks. To make sure we catch all unwanted body hair in the right phase of growth. And that hair follicles do not have the time to regenerate.
Consistency is key to excellent results.
How do I prepare for a session during my cycle
Undergoing laser hair removal while on your period does not require extra preparation. Especially if you are treating your full legs or underarms.
Your menstrual cycle will only impact a treatment on your intimate area. As usual, you will need to shave the day before. Give your skin some time to heal and recover from shaving. Clean your skin and remove creams or lotions.
Wear ample clothes to avoid chafing after your treatment. If you are on your period, wear a tampon. That is as straightforward as that. Nothing more. After your session, wait 24 hours before you work out or take a hot shower.
Avoid tight clothes. The bikini area is sensitive during your menstrual cycle. In conclusion, you can undergo laser hair removal while on your period. Just know that the treatment may be a bit more painful.