Published on 5:44 pm, Fri, 26 April 19
Most people view laser hair removal as a welcome relief from unwanted hair, ingrowns and irritation, shaving, and waxing.
However, before getting started with treatment, it’s important to familiarize yourself with laser hair removal basics.
Continue reading for nine things to know about laser hair removal.
In the past, laser hair removal was associated with considerable pain.
Thanks to technological advancements, including cooling tips, most patients report little to no discomfort and liken the sensation to a rubber band lightly snapping against the skin.
The laser is only able to act on follicles that are in the active phase of the growth cycle. Accordingly, patients will need a series of treatments, spaced six-to-eight weeks apart, for optimal outcomes.
It’s recommended that patients shave the day of or the day before undergoing laser hair removal. Doing so, creates a clear path for laser energy to penetrate follicles.
Depending on location and size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can be completed in 10-60 minutes. As a result, many women and men schedule it over their lunch break and return to work right after.
Because laser energy is attracted to melanin, it’s important for patients to carefully avoid sun exposure, tanning , and artificial tanners for four weeks before and after treatment.
Failure to do so can increase the risk of adverse effects like hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and burns.
If you’re using any acid-based or retinol products, you should discontinue them two-to-three days before and after laser hair removal.
Although silky smooth skin is one of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal, you’ll also appreciate fewer ingrown hairs and less irritation following treatment.
Patients are free to shave as much or as little as they’d like before and after laser hair removal.
However, they should forgo waxing, plucking, and threading. These techniques remove hair with the root intact and, as a result, can limit the laser’s efficacy.
While a series of six-to-eight treatments can achieve significant and long-lasting hair reduction, results are best maintained with annual touch-up sessions.
If you are considering laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced laser specialists.