When you are tired of spending time and money eliminating unwanted body hair, you might want to look into a more long-lasting solution. Laser hair removal can give you the smooth skin you want for extended periods of time, especially for patients who receive touch-up treatments. This procedure uses light technology to prevent hair growth on many different parts of the body. That means you can stop shaving, waxing, and sugaring those areas.
If you think that laser hair removal treatment might be the right fit for you, here is what you need to know about the procedure.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The process is relatively simple and can be highly effective for multiple parts of the body. We have seen laser hair removal work on:
- Upper lip or mustache area
- Bikini line
- Back and chest
The goal with any laser hair removal treatment is to fully disable hair follicles in your target areas so they cannot produce hair. No matter what part of the body you want to see long-lasting hair reduction in, the process is very much the same.
The laser energy seeks out the melanin or pigment found in the root of the hair. This is why laser hair removal tends to work best on dark hair. Individuals with blonde, gray, and white hair will not see the same dramatic results as those with darker or coarser hair growth.
The other thing to keep in mind is that your hair grows in different stages. The laser will only be effective on active hair follicles. As a result, it can take multiple treatment sessions to target each hair follicle in the affected area while it happens to be in the active phase.
The laser does not cause damage to the skin around the treatment area. It only affects the hair follicle.
When Will I See Results?
Most people will see the laser hair removal benefits after six to eight treatments. These sessions should be spaced eight to ten weeks apart. If you have darker skin, you may require more sessions to eliminate all of your unwanted hair. This is because the laser strength may need to be adjusted according to the increased level of melanin in the skin. That being said, studies have shown that laser hair removal is still the preferred hair removal method among dark-complexioned people.
Preparation for Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Are you ready to start seeing smoother skin with less effort on your part? The key to successful laser hair removal is preparation. You will need to book your appointment in advance and start prepping for your treatment as soon as possible.
Approximately one month before your initial session, you’ll need to stop all hair removal methods. Also avoid shaving, plucking, and waxing for four weeks. While this may seem uncomfortable, it will yield much better results for your laser hair removal procedure.
You should also stay out of the sun leading up to your appointment. However if you must spend time outside, make sure to wear sunscreen with a high SPF. Sunburn causes increased melanin in the skin, which may be problematic when the laser is applied. It is best to minimize exposure to the sun both before and directly after your treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Benefits
Have you stopped to think about all of the wonderful benefits yet? There are many, and most patients are thrilled with their hair removal results.
First and foremost, consider how much money you are spending on your current hair removal methods. If you pay to wax or sugar your unwanted hair on a regular basis, then the bills have likely added up over the years. Even if you only spend money buying new razors and shaving cream, these smaller purchases can stack up quickly.
Because laser hair removal results are long-lasting, you will avoid the weekly or daily expenses associated with more frequent hair removal options. When you tally up how much that could save you throughout your lifetime, laser hair removal becomes an appealing option for most.
Another key benefit is the experience of the treatment itself. Waxing can be particularly painful, especially in sensitive areas such as the bikini line. In contrast, laser hair removal feels like a rubber band on the skin, and the sensation stops when the laser turns off or moves from the skin.
No Downtime or Recovery
This type of procedure does not require any downtime or recovery time. Come in during a busy afternoon and immediately resume your regularly scheduled activities afterward.
Keep in mind that laser hair removal works on just about every skin type. At Radiant Reflections, we will give you a personalized consultation to discuss your goals and recommend specific treatment options. Our professional insight will help you to discover the right hair removal method for you.
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When you’re ready to experience all of the laser hair removal benefits, give Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & Medspa a call. Reach out today to see how we can help you attain your aesthetic goals!