Almost everyone has unwanted hair somewhere on their body. Traditional hair removal routines can be tedious, painful and expensive over time. Shaving may last a day, waxing a couple of weeks, but none of them last forever and therein lies the true beauty of laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is a versatile procedure that can be used remove unwanted hair from almost anywhere on your body. If you’re considering laser hair removal, consider some of the benefits below:
Modern laser hair removal is effective on most patients, regardless of their hair or skin color. That being said, treatment will be more effective in some cases than in others. Generally speaking, the best candidates for laser hair removal have darker hair and a lighter skin complexion. Patients with lighter hair or a darker complexion are more difficult to treat, but can usually still achieve desired results.
If you have extremely light or white hair, you may not be a good candidate for laser hair removal. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule one-on-one consultation with a qualified practitioner. You should come prepared to discuss factors such as your medical history and cosmetic goals.
Prior to your session, the target area will be shaved or trimmed. In many cases, we will also apply a numbing cream or an icepack for 5-10 minutes to ensure your comfort during treatment. Both you and your practitioner will need to wear safety glasses designed to filter out harmful light during your session.
Using a hand-held device, your laser specialist will deliver concentrated beams to your skin. Most patients compare this feeling to be snapped with a rubber band. The light will penetrate through the surface of your skin and be absorbed by the pigment in your hair follicles. Laser hair removal is generally a quick outpatient procedure, but the actual duration will depend on size of the treatment area.
Although most patients are able to return to normal activities right away, it’s common to experience some stinging, skin redness or swelling in the treatment area. Ice, aloe or anti-inflammatory creams may be recommended to minimize these temporary side effects.
In the days and weeks following your procedure, the treated hair follicles will gradually begin to fall out. Because hair grows in cycles, not all will be active during your initial treatment session. This means that multiple sessions (typically 3-6) will be needed to target dormant hairs as they re-enter the growth cycle. Most patients benefit from an 80-90 percent reduction in hair growth. Future touch-ups may be necessary to maintain results.
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