Laser hair removal: A Closer Look. Curious about how laser hair removal works?
Here is a video that shows you what to expect and how it works.
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It is a fact – hair is beautiful on our scalp, but not so sexy in certain other unwanted areas!
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair by your dermatologist. The light is absorbed by the pigment. This damages the hair follicle enough to retard future growth. Depending on your skin type, and your hair, the length can of treatment can vary. It’s important to consult with your dermatologist in advance to have a greater understanding of what to expect.
Is it painful? Depending on your pain tolerance, lasers can feel like a gentle pinch or the snap of a hot rubber band. Usually, the anticipation is worse than the actual pain.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, arms, legs, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. It’s great at selectively targeting dark, coarse hairs without damaging the surrounding skin.
Typically most patients have permanent hair loss after a few sessions (about 4-8 sessions). Of course, individual results may vary.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, threading, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You may shave the unwanted hairs before laser treatment and in between treatments as needed.
Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and may cause complications after treatment. So you should avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color. This is where it’s important to go to a doctor trained in laser hair removal.
It’s fast! The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than few minutes. Larger areas, such as the legs, may take up to an hour.
Depending on the area and your pain tolerance, you may be given numbing cream to help numb the area prior to your treatment. Afterwards, you may be given calming creams or an ice pack in needed.
Laser hair removal is more than just ”zapping” unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks based on your skin type. This is why it’s important to go to a doctor who is specializing trained in laser hair removal.
If you have questions about laser hair removal, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!