Laser hair removal is a safe, effective cosmetic procedure that eliminates the need for shaving, waxing, and plucking. It takes multiple sessions at four to six-week intervals for the treatment to be fully effective.
This treatment works best on people with light complexions who have dark hair because the contrast in pigment allows the laser to target and destroy the hair follicle.
The laser focuses on the pigment in your hair, which absorbs the light beam and converts it to heat that damages or destroys the hair follicle. This prevents or delays future hair growth. Laser treatments are precise, which allows them to damage or disable the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin and other structures. Most people need two to six treatment sessions to see the best results. When regrowth does occur, it tends to be finer and lighter in color than the original hair.
Before your treatment, the doctor might put on goggles or use a special cooling device on the tip of the instrument to protect your eyes and skin. The doctor might also apply a topical anesthetic to reduce any discomfort you may feel during the procedure. Then, they’ll press the handheld device against your skin and activate the laser. You might feel a sensation of warmth or a slight prickling, but most people compare the feeling to a warm pinprick and find it less painful than other hair removal methods.
It’s important to prepare for laser hair removal by limiting plucking, waxing and electrolysis for 6 weeks before treatment. This is because those techniques disrupt the hair follicles and interfere with the laser’s ability to target them. You should also avoid sun exposure because it can make your skin darker and increase the risk of complications after treatment. Also, ask your doctor if you should avoid any blood-thinning medications before treatment. They might suggest a medication you can take during your treatment course instead.
What Are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to laser hair removal, according to dermatologists and beauty experts. It is one of the most permanent ways to get rid of unwanted body hair. It eliminates the need for shaving, waxing and depilating, as well as the associated irritation. It also reduces the appearance of ingrown hairs, which can be very painful. It can even help with folliculitis and other skin issues caused by hair growth, such as discoloration or scarring.
Before your treatment, a medical specialist will clean the area you’d like to treat and apply numbing gel if necessary. Then, the technician will focus a beam of high-energy light on your skin. The heat from the laser will destroy the pigment and damage the hair follicles, causing them to stop growing. The procedure can last a few minutes or up to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. During the laser treatment, you might feel something like a series of tiny stings or even a rubber band snapping against your skin. It’s important to wear protective eyeglasses or goggles so that the laser beam doesn’t damage your eyes.
Several factors can affect the effectiveness of laser hair removal, including your skin color and type, medications and hormonal imbalances (such as PCOS). It’s also possible that some hair will grow back after you’ve completed your treatments, but it will be finer and lighter than before.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, it’s a good idea to avoid plucking or waxing your hairs for four weeks before each session. This will prevent them from being absorbed into the bloodstream and interfere with your treatments.
What Are the Side Effects?
Many people find laser hair removal to be a safe and effective treatment for unwanted hair. However, like any cosmetic procedure, it is not without its risks. It is important to consult with a dermatologist and get a patch test before beginning any treatments. It is also important to choose a doctor who specializes in laser hair removal and has experience treating your specific skin type. In addition, if you are considering getting laser hair removal done at a spa or salon, make sure the practitioner is licensed and has the proper training and certification.
The most common side effect of laser hair removal is redness in the treated area. This is due to the heat from the laser damaging the hair follicles and your body’s natural response. It is similar to the feeling you might have when your hand gets burned by a hot pan. The redness should subside within a few hours, and can be lessened with the use of topical anesthetics or ice packs.
It is important to avoid the sun before and after laser hair removal, as it can cause your skin to burn. Ensure that you are using a high-SPF sunscreen whenever you go outside. It is also a good idea to avoid plucking, waxing or electrolysis for several weeks prior to your laser treatment. Finally, you should also avoid blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, before your appointment.
In rare cases, laser treatment can lead to scarring in the treatment area. This usually occurs because of a mistake made by the practitioner or as a result of your specific skin type and hair color. Scarring is usually not permanent, but should be monitored and treated as a wound.
How Often Do I Need Treatments?
Most people require multiple laser hair removal treatments in order to achieve permanent hair reduction. This is due to the hair growth cycle, which requires multiple sessions in order to target hair in its growing phase (anagen). Hair that has already reached the resting or shedding phases will be unaffected by the treatment, and will need to be treated again at a later date. A consultation with an experienced and board-certified dermatologist can help determine the number of treatment sessions required to achieve your desired results.
Prior to each laser treatment session, patients will need to shave the area to be treated. While shaving can be uncomfortable, it is essential in order to allow the laser energy to properly locate and target the pigment within the hair follicles. It is also recommended that patients refrain from waxing, plucking or using tweezers in the treatment areas, as these hair removal methods remove the pigment and can render the treatments ineffective.
Before the laser pulses are delivered, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area in order to reduce the discomfort associated with the procedure. Then, the laser machine will deliver the pulsed light energy, which will be absorbed by the pigment and heat up the follicle, damaging it and preventing it from producing hair.
For best results, it is recommended that patients undergo laser treatment at four to six week intervals. The exact number of treatments required will vary based on hair color, thickness, and location. It is important to select a highly trained and certified practitioner for laser hair removal, as the device they use must be FDA-approved and properly regulated. Ensure that the practitioner you choose is registered on a national register to demonstrate their high level of skill and training.
How Much Will It Cost?
Laser Hair Removal is a safe, effective way to reduce unwanted body hair. The laser’s heat destroys the hair follicle, which prevents new hair growth from developing in that area. The procedure can be performed on any part of the body, including the legs, arms, back, chest, and underarms. It can take minutes to treat a small area, such as the upper lip, or an hour or more for larger areas, like the back or legs. The treatment has a relatively low risk, with side effects that typically include redness and swelling (similar to a sunburn).
Several factors impact the price of laser hair removal treatments. These include the provider’s level of experience and training. In many states, only medical professionals can perform laser hair removal treatments. However, some med spas and practices hire aestheticians or physician assistants who have been trained in the process and can offer treatment for a lower cost than a doctor.
Another factor is location. Since the majority of laser hair removal procedures are performed in urban areas, providers often charge more than those in rural locations. Additionally, laser hair removal costs can vary by neighborhood and practice size, so it’s important to get personalized price quotes from multiple providers before booking a treatment.
While laser hair removal does have a upfront cost, the treatment can save you money in the long run by eliminating the need for shaving or waxing. During your consultation, we will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan and estimate the number of sessions needed to achieve your desired results. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!