Why do people choose laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an option that some people choose to remove unwanted hair. It can take the place of shaving, tweezing and/or waxing. Although it is not a permanent solution in all cases to removing hair from unwanted areas of the body, it does afford some people the opportunity to not have to shave or tweeze as frequently as they normally would if they did it on their own.

 

How does Laser Hair Removal work?

The laser emits a high volume of light which is directed over the skin and onto the hair follicles. The dark pigment of the hair follicle absorbs the light. The high concentration of light slows the growth of hair in the area where the laser is being positioned. This can stop hair growth from a few months to a year or more. The length of time that hair growth is slowed depends on each individual.

How many treatments are usually needed?

It is fairly common to have several treatments for a more permanent solution to hair growth. The reason for this is because the laser only affects the hair follicles that are in the active growth cycle. If you receive one session and notice hair growing again, it is because those particular hair follicles were not active during the initial treatment. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to have anywhere from 6 – 8 sessions.

What areas of the body can laser hair removal be done?

Common areas that women receive laser hair removal are: the upper lip, underarms, bikini line, legs and arms. The most common areas for men for laser hair removal are: back, shoulders, chest and abdomen.

Does having laser hair removal hurt?

Each person has a different level of sensitivity; however, many people indicate that it feels like a thin rubber band being snapped against the skin. It is a quick and temporary sensation on the skin.

How do you prepare for a laser hair removal session?

To have an optimal treatment it is best to avoid excess exposure to the sun or any type of tanning beds for at least six weeks prior to treatment. The laser targets areas of darker pigmentation so if your skin pigment is darker than the hair follicle, it doesn’t work as well. Avoid excessive plucking, tweezing, waxing or shaving of the area to be treated so that the treatment is more effective in removing unwanted hairs at the level of the root. If you are pregnant, it is advised that you check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to receive laser treatments that won’t adversely affect you or your baby.

What are some normal but temporary side effects?

It is common but not harmful to see a slight rash or redness initially after the laser treatment. It creates a temporary skin irritation. The length of time of the reddening or rash can be anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days depending on the sensitivity of the individual.As always, do your research, feel comfortable with the professional you are receiving the treatment from and ask lots of questions so that you are well informed.