What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States today. The treatment, which is relatively simple and fast, destroys unwanted hair follicles in mere minutes. If you’ve grown tired of shaving or waxing, laser hair removal may be a great option for removing unwanted hair.
How Does it Work?
Lasers emit highly concentrated beams of light that penetrate hair follicles. Pigment inside of your hair follicles absorbs the light, effectively destroying the hair.
Lasers can remove undesirable hair growth from the face, legs, arms, underarms, and bikini area. Laser hair removal can save you a load of time and energy—not to mention money—by eliminating the persistent need for plucking, shaving, or waxing.
Most patients need two to six treatments to achieve optimal results. When the hair begins to regrow, patients generally see significantly less hair than they had before. The hair that does grow back also tends to be thinner and lighter colored.
- Lasers can precisely target dark, thick hairs while leaving skin unharmed.
- Laser pulses are administered in a millisecond. Each pulse treats a large number of hairs at the same time.
- Small areas like the upper lip can be treated in under sixty seconds. Larger areas, such as the back, may take sixty minutes.
- Laser treatment delays hair growth for a long period of time, with some patients experiencing permanent hair loss after three to seven treatments.
- All-over smoothness can be achieved without the tenderness and displeasure that other hair removal methods can cause.
What to Expect
Before you are set to begin laser hair removal treatments, you should avoid plucking and waxing for six weeks leading up to your first session. The laser is directed at the roots of the hair, which are briefly removed by these methods.
For six weeks pre and post-treatment, you should stay out of the sun. The sun can alter the effectiveness of the treatment or cause complications.
When the session is over, you may be given an ice pack or anti-inflammatory cream. You should schedule your next treatment about six weeks later.