If you’re tired of temporary results and uncomfortable side effects from waxing, shaving, and plucking, laser hair removal may be an excellent alternative.
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that precisely focuses beams of light on follicles to reduce hair growth. The treatment selectively targets the pigment in the hair root without harming skin, making it an effective way to achieve permanent reduction of unwanted hair.
So, is laser hair removal right for you? Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of the procedure and what to expect should you decide to undergo laser hair removal.
How to Prepare for a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
When performed by a qualified and experienced specialist, laser hair removal in an extremely safe procedure. That being said, be sure to seek care at an accredited medical practice rather than a spa or salon.
Once you have chosen a provider, avoid waxing, plucking, threading, epilating, or having electrolysis for 6 weeks prior to your laser hair removal appointment.
You should also forego sun exposure for 4-6 weeks before your treatment, to ensure efficacy and reduce the risk of complications.
It’s also recommended that patients shave the day before their procedure to create a clear pathway for the laser to selectively target pigment in hair follicles.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?
One of the key benefits of laser hair removal is that it is extremely quick. Small areas like the face, underarms, neck, and bikini line can be completed in less than 10 minutes, while larger areas like the back, chest, arms, and legs can take 30-60 minutes.
What’s more, patients can see slower and finer regrowth after just one session, and a series of 6 laser hair removal treatments can yield up to a 60-90% reduction in hair.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Prior the procedure, your laser specialist will select the appropriate treatment settings and provide you with protective eyewear. A cool gel will then be applied to the skin to improve patient comfort, serve as a protective barrier, and increase penetration of light-based energy.
Next, a series of laser pulses will be delivered, and then the provider will assess and make any necessary adjustments to energy levels.
Once the treatment is over, you will be given an ice-pack and anti-inflammatory cream to reduce any discomfort.
Post-Care Instructions Following Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a zero-downtime procedure, and patients are free to go about their day as they normally would. They may experience some redness and swelling in the treatment area that resembles a mild sunburn, but these effects will resolve on their own in 1-2 days.
Patients should also avoid sun exposure and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF during the 6 weeks in between treatments.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented laser specialists.