While body hair is natural, you may prefer to remove it for many reasons. You may have tried traditional hair removal methods such as waxing, plucking, and shaving only to have the hair grow back in a short time. These methods may also cause ingrown hairs, rashes, and sensitive skin. With so many advanced treatment options available today, you are spoiled for choice. Laser hair removal is an effective hair removal procedure that leaves your skin hair-free without causing damage to the surrounding skin.
Here at Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & Medspa in Hattiesburg, MS, we offer laser hair removal services. If you would like to be hair-free, we can create a personalized hair removal treatment plan.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Before you have a laser hair removal treatment, it is essential to know how it works. The first step is to understand your hair growth cycle. Your hair goes through three major stages of growth: the growing stage, transitional stage, and resting phase. These phases are known as the Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen phases. Because not all the hair on your body grows at the same time, your hair goes through all these stages constantly.
During your professional laser hair removal treatment, the hair in the target area will be exposed to pulses of light emitted from a laser. Your hair will only absorb the laser energy during its growth phase. This is when the laser effectively reaches the root of your hair.
The energy from the laser destroys your hair follicle and causes it to fall out. This prevents any future growth. Because the laser only affects hair during its growing phase, you will need multiple laser hair removal treatment sessions to effectively remove all the hair in a target area.
Preparation for Laser Hair Removal Treatments
Before your laser hair removal treatment, you need to consider a few things. This will help you to achieve optimal results.
Stop Plucking and Waxing
Because laser hair removal targets the roots of your hair, it is essential to stop plucking and waxing in the target area for at least six weeks before your treatment. It is acceptable to shave your hair before treatment because it leaves the roots in place.
Shave the Area
Shaving the target area can yield great results. While plucking and waxing should be avoided, shaving is essential. Your hair may be invisible to the naked eye, but the laser will still be able to target the pigment located in the hair’s root. Shaving your hair reduces the chances of burns because the hair is below the skin’s surface.
Avoid Sun Exposure
We recommend you avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanners for at least two weeks before your laser hair removal treatment. If not avoided, it could lead to skin discoloration.
Avoid Using Bleach
Laser hair removal is effective because it targets the roots of your hair. Your hair pigment or color is found in the root of your hair and absorbs light produced by the laser. When you bleach your hair, it alters the pigment and makes it difficult to be destroyed. Bleaching should be avoided for at least six weeks before treatment to allow your natural hair color to grow back.
Avoid Certain Medications
Some medications can alter the way laser hair removal works. Other medications can make your skin sensitive and more likely to become irritated after treatment. It is important to tell us about all the medication you are taking so that we can make the appropriate adjustments.
Medications, such as antibiotics, acne, photosensitizing, and birth control medication, should be mentioned. You may not have to stop the medication. We will just make appropriate adjustments.
Avoid Using Makeup and Creams
Makeup and other beauty products may alter the effectiveness of the laser treatment. This may include deodorant, lotions, and ointments that you apply to your skin. We recommend you use soap and water to ensure the target area is clean. If you have used makeup remover, be sure to rinse the area after use.
Laser Hair Removal Results
Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal treatment. Once the follicle is destroyed, it won’t grow back. You can schedule touch-up sessions if you notice minor hair growth, but it will not be as abundant as it was before your treatments.
Bikini Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, plucking, or waxing your bikini line can be challenging. These methods can leave you with ingrown hairs, rashes, and sensitive skin. Bikini laser hair removal, on the other hand, can effectively remove unwanted hair from this intimate area.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Are Needed?
Because laser hair removal is only effective on hair in the growth phase, you will require more than one treatment session to effectively remove all the hair in a target area. We will create a treatment plan specific to your needs and space the treatment sessions out accurately so that you can achieve optimal results.
Remove Your Unwanted Hair With Laser Hair Removal Today!
If you rely on traditional hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, and plucking only to have your hair grow back shortly after, you need to consider an advanced treatment that provides lasting results. Laser hair removal won’t leave your skin irritated and sensitive. At Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & Medspa, we offer laser hair removal to help you enjoy hair-free skin.
If you want to know more about the benefits of this advanced hair removal treatment, call us at (601) 463-9292 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.