Laser hair removal: all you need to know about the treatment

Before you know it, travel bans will be lifted (fingers crossed!) and you won’t have to be a Kardashian to plan your next tropical getaway.  

To pull off one of the figure-flattering suits favored by Kim, Kendall and every other it-girl, you’re going to need to primp and prep. 

Daily Mail chats with Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of Erase Spa in New York, Lisa Guidi, about laser hair removal and why NOW is the best time to get it done. 

Ready, set, prep: To pull off one of the figure-flattering suits favored by Kim, Kendall and every other it-girl, you're going to need to primp and prep

Ready, set, prep: To pull off one of the figure-flattering suits favored by Kim, Kendall and every other it-girl, you’re going to need to primp and prep

Summer ready: Daily Mail chats with Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of Erase Spa in New York, Lisa Guidi, about laser hair removal and why NOW is the best time to get it done

Summer ready: Daily Mail chats with Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of Erase Spa in New York, Lisa Guidi, about laser hair removal and why NOW is the best time to get it done

When booking a laser appointment, it’s important to note that skin must be completely free of tan (both natural and faux) on the day of treatment.

If the skin has increased melanin it’s difficult for the laser to distinguish between hair and skin. 

‘Clients should not have sun exposure, spray tans, or have used a tanning bed two weeks before each session,’ said Lisa. 

‘For the longest-lasting results, we typically recommend an average of 6-8 sessions every 6 weeks, but keep in mind everyone’s hair type is different and can always vary,’ she added.

Six weeks is required between each session to allow for each follicle to be targeted in the right stage of its growth cycle.

If you’re committed to having a stubble-free life (the dream!) by summer, now is the time to start a laser treatment.

Restrictions: 'While laser hair removal works for all skin types, it does not work for all hair types. 'It will not work for white or blonde hair, and some shades of red,' the expert revealed

Restrictions: ‘While laser hair removal works for all skin types, it does not work for all hair types. ‘It will not work for white or blonde hair, and some shades of red,’ the expert revealed

Itsy bitsy: With the high-leg cut bathing suit being more popular than ever, it comes as no surprise that the Brazilian is the most common laser treatment this time of year

Itsy bitsy: With the high-leg cut bathing suit being more popular than ever, it comes as no surprise that the Brazilian is the most common laser treatment this time of year

Easy, breezy: ‘While everyone has different skin sensitivities and hair type, it is possible to have slight discomfort, but for the most part, it is not a painful process’

‘While laser hair removal works for all skin types, it does not work for all hair types. Hair should be dark and course for best results.

‘It will not work for white or blonde hair, and some shades of red,’ the expert revealed.

‘The pigment in the hair colors attracts the light energy produced by the machine. If there is no pigment, the treatment will not work.’ 

Most people are typically concerned about the process being painful. 

‘While everyone has different skin sensitivities and hair type, it is possible to have slight discomfort, but for the most part, it is not a painful process,’ she said.

Not much preparation is needed other than shaving the areas being treated the night before or day of.

‘You should not use medications such as antibiotics, acne creams, or retinoids two weeks before or after a treatment, ‘ warns Lisa.

The way to go: While waxing, sugaring and shaving can be painful and time-consuming, they only have short term results, but 'over time laser hair removal will give you lasting results that make it worth the investment,' said Lisa

The way to go: While waxing, sugaring and shaving can be painful and time-consuming, they only have short term results, but ‘over time laser hair removal will give you lasting results that make it worth the investment,’ said Lisa

For a thorough treatment: NY State Licensed Medical Esthetician, Elizabeth Kugelman, starts the session by marking up the body with a white eyeliner

 For a thorough treatment: NY State Licensed Medical Esthetician, Elizabeth Kugelman, starts the session by marking up the body with a white eyeliner

With the high-leg cut bathing suit being more popular than ever, it comes as no surprise that the Brazilian is the most common laser treatment this time of year. 

If you have any concerns and to ensure that you are a good candidate, Lisa recommends speaking with a trained technician before making an appointment. 

Elizabeth Kugelman is a favorite at Erase.

The NY State Licensed Medical Esthetician has a natural gift for putting her clients at ease with her likable personality and extreme professionalism.

‘I try to make people feel relaxed and remind them that this will be one of the best things they’ve ever done for themselves,’ she said. 

By chatting with her clients, Elizabeth makes the service go by quickly. 

She starts the session by marking up the body with a white eyeliner. ‘This is to make sure I get all of the area we are treating.’ 

Sessions can take from 5 minutes (armpits) to 30-45 for larger areas like the legs. 

A few days after the procedure Elizabeth recommends exfoliating the area and shaving it. ‘You’ll notice the hair will just come out.’ 

While waxing, sugaring and shaving can be painful and time-consuming, they only have short term results, but ‘over time laser hair removal will give you lasting results that make it worth the investment,’ said Lisa.

Sessions start regularly at $105, but Erase is currently offering a half price sale.