Laser Hair Removal
Your Questions Answered
To better understand if laser hair removal lasts, understanding how the procedure works gives you a better understanding of the best outcomes. The laser light is directed in the area to be treated and gets absorbed by the pigment in the hair itself creating heat. The laser generates heat that goes down to the follicle level destroying the hair growth center in the follicle.
Because everybody goes through growth cycles a series of treatments it requires. When hair is in the active growth cycle period that is the most effective outcomes for laser hair removal.
If treatment is completed during a resting cycle, it may not be able to absorb enough laser light to generate enough heat to destroy the hair growth center. Having multiple sessions is completed to have the best success.
MYTH: People of color can’t do laser hair removal.
Laser will work on all skin tones. It is more about the color of the hair rather than texture or complexion.
FACT: The darker your body hair is, the better for laser hair removal.
The more contrast there is between your skin tone and hair color, the better. Actually, the lighter the hair color the least benefit laser hair removal is.
MYTH: You won’t experience any pain during laser hair removal.
FACT: You could experience discomfort while getting laser treatments.
Most methods of hair removal have some level of discomfort. Your medical practitioner can recommend over the counter pain reliever.
MYTH: Laser hair removal a causes more hair to grow.
FACT: Laser hair removal will not cause more hair to grow.
Although it may appear that there is more growth after a session, it depends on if your hair was in a growth or resting cycle. Everyone hair growth has different patterns and hair cycles.
MYTH: Laser hair removal treatments cause burns.
FACT: In rare situation there may be temporary burn may occur.
Consult with the medical professional prior to the treatment to determine if that is a possibility with your skin tone.
MYTH: My skin will discolor from laser hair removal treatments.
FACT: Depending on your skin tone, most people do not have discoloration.
With any laser treatment, skin can experience some discoloration. Having darker skin and tanning increase your risk of skin color changes. It is important to talk to your medical practitioner to determine any side effects and treatment option.
MYTH: Anyone can perform this procedure.
FACT: Not everyone should be performing this procedure.
Laser hair removal should only be performed by an experienced medical practitioner. At your time of your consult as about qualification and experience. Having this procedure done by the wrong person can lead to infections or worst.
It is critical to remember that only a licensed medical professional should ever perform a laser hair removal procedure. It takes significant training and medical knowledge to safely use the laser.
When the laser is in the hands of a licensed medical professional, the treatment is safe and effective.
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
Meeting with your doctor and understanding how to prep for your laser hair removal sessions is critical to the success of lasting effects for your hair removal treatments. Some items that you will need to know before your session.
- Provide a full medical history at your appointment. It’s important to tell your doctor about your allergies, medications or other health problems prior to the procedure. Answering questions about your tendency to scar, or ever had keloid scars, prone to herpes or cold sore outbreaks or is you have taken isotretinoin.
- Avoid tanning or self -tanning products. You want your skin to be as light as possible to have the best possible results and lasting effects.
- Ask how many treatments will be needed to obtain permanent hair loss. Treatments will vary depending on areas being treated. Example your upper lip may only take a few minutes and couple of treatments versus back or legs make take an hour and multiple treatments.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing that will leave the area being treated exposed.
- While laser hair removal doesn’t get rid of hair forever it does drastically reduce hair growth to the point that you can stop shaving altogether.
- You can get it done anywhere on the body, and the machine can cover large places fast such as legs, back, underarms, bikini line, stomach, face.
- When it comes to pain level, laser hair removal is minimal pain. The technicians use ice to help numb the area before and after the laser treatment. It also gets progressively less painful as treatments continue and the hair becomes finer.
- Although a session of laser hair removal on the underarms takes less than a minute it takes multiple sessions to see real results.
- Since the contrast between the color of the skin and the color of the pigment in the hair follicle is what allows the laser to easily pick out what to target, laser hair removal works best on fair skin with dark hair and worse on darker skin.
- It’s more expensive than other methods such as waxing.