We all enjoy silky smooth legs free from unwanted hair. The process, however, can be quite the opposite from enjoyable. The endless shaving sessions, the cuts, the ingrown hairs, and the hyperpigmentation that it can cause makes shaving an endless battle.

Laser hair removal can be an attractive option to the constant chore of having hair-free skin. This technique uses light beams to target hair follicles and destroy the hair inside without harming the surrounding skin. Laser hair removal is a very common procedure and very popular. The procedure can be performed in many areas like underarms, arms, legs, bikini, chest, and many more.

The laser hair removal technology has been rapidly evolving to offer precision, speed, and predictability. Most lasers are able to produce a pulse that treats the targeting area within a fraction of a second. Depending on the area and the size of the hand piece, a procedure can take anywhere from a minute to an hour.

Most lasers will remove unwanted hair within 4 to 8 sessions depending on skin type, distribution of hair, age, and volume of hair. It is important to talk to your health care provider prior to treatment to discuss likely results and if this treatment is right for you.

How should you prepare?

If both you and your health care provider decide that this treatment is right for you there are several points to consider before your treatment.

  • You should strictly avoid sun tanning and artificial tanning products. 
  • Avoid waxing, plucking, or electrolysis of any areas that are going to be treated for at least 6 weeks. 
  • The use of shaving and depilatory creams is allowed. However, depilatory creams should be strictly avoided 3 weeks before treatment. 
  • Make sure to remove cosmetics prior to treatment. 

What to expect during the treatment?

  • During the treatment, your health care provider will instruct you to shave before coming in for your appointment.
  • Both you and the health care provider will need to wear eye protection.  
  • A handpiece will be placed in the treated area and you will feel some heat. 
  • You only need one pass, therefore treatments can be done very quickly. 

What happens after the treatment?

  • Redness and swelling will appear around the follicles immediately after the treatment. 
  • Blisters and crusts are rare, but can be more common if your skin is darker. 
  • If you have light skin, you may notice small brown spots, but they will disappear a few days after.
  • Strictly avoid shaving for 7 days right after the treatment. 
  • It is very important that you wear sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun. 
  • If you are having multiple sessions, make sure that you schedule a minimum of 5 weeks after treatment. 
  • Finally, if you are concerned about excessive redness, discomfort, swelling, or blistering, or ingrown hair, then immediately call your health care provider.

So if you think that laser hair removal is right for you, talk to your health care provider about what results and what experiences you will have (remember, everyone’s skin is different). If you are someone that has already had the procedure done, then share your thoughts, your experiences, and your suggestions for those that are still thinking about it.