The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Imagine the joy of not touching a razor for weeks and feeling your skin as smooth as it was months ago. Not a single razor bump, ingrown hair, or nasty cut. Whether you are a man or a woman, permanently removing hair has many benefits. It is a safe and effective method that remains on top after many decades.
If you want to leave shaving, waxing, electrolysis, and tweezing behind for good and enjoy smooth skin, this permanent therapy is worth considering. Laser hair removal is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the United States.
Innovative laser technology has ended the era of painful and tedious hair removal. Traditional methods can be costly and are very temporary. More people are choosing lasers for permanent hair removal for its many benefits and the time they save from no longer dealing with unwanted hair.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Lasers have been used for decades to remove unwanted hair all over the body. Common treatment areas include the face, arms, legs, back, abdomen, underarms, bikini line, and others.
These are some of the benefits of choosing laser treatment to permanently remove hair:
One of the great advantages of lasers is the ability to work precisely on targeted areas. The physician can selectively work on coarse dark hairs while leaving the surrounding skin intact. Do hairs on moles sound familiar? With laser therapy, you no longer have to worry about hairy moles or those that grow in random spots.
Laser therapy can permanently remove hair from an area very quickly. Every pulse the laser emits takes only a fraction of a second while targeting multiple hair follicles at once. Each second, the laser can treat an area that is approximately the size of a quarter. Areas such as the upper lip only take less than one minute to complete. Larger zones such as the legs or back may take approximately one hour.
- Effectiveness and Predictability
Most patients experience permanent hair loss on the treated areas after an average of 3 to 7 sessions. It is a proven method that continues to improve as advanced technology emerges.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
In a nutshell, the laser releases energy into the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicle’s pigment or melanin. Darker hair absorbs the energy the best, which makes light hair more difficult to target. The hair follicle is destroyed and hair does not grow back.
There are only a certain amount of hair follicles active at one time while others are at a resting phase. The hair cycle causes the hair to grow, fall out, and grow again. The laser targets the active hair follicles that are in the growing phase. The normal rotation takes about one month to cycle, which is when your follicles will be ready for the next treatment. It takes a few sessions until the follicle is completely deactivated.
Why Are Some Hairs More Stubborn Than Others?
The color of the hair and skin affects the ease of removal by the laser. High contrast is preferred. For instance, light skin with dark hair is the easiest to remove. Light skin with light hair and dark skin with dark hair is more challenging. Regardless of your hair and skin type, an experienced physician will know how to navigate the laser safely to produce desired results.
Advanced Technology Makes Laser Hair Removal Easier and Less Painful
Although waxing and tweezing cause a considerable amount of pain, the discomfort of laser hair removal is easier to manage in comparison. You also have to consider the amount of waxing and tweezing necessary for the rest of your life compared to the limited times you’ll need the laser for a permanent solution.
Advanced lasers are now designed to cover a larger area while diminishing pain. You can expect the procedure to feel like an uncomfortable rubber band snaps on your skin, but it shouldn’t be too painful. Topical numbing medication is applied for extra comfort.
How Can I Prepare for the Procedure?
First, start by choosing a medical expert that has experience removing hair from all skin types. Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that must be performed by a physician or technician with credentials. It is a procedure that requires training and knowledge about techniques and potential risks.
Shannon Callan at Sol Aesthetics is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (APRN, NP-C) with a background in Emergency and Aesthetic Medicine. Along with her technicians, she has been trained to safely perform laser hair removal on all skin types.
During an initial consultation, Shannon and her team will provide instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. You must follow these instructions carefully for best results:
Limit plucking, electrolysis, and waxing for six weeks before treatment because these methods remove the root of the hair. The laser targets the roots and they must be present for the treatment to be effective.
Avoid sun exposure for six weeks prior to the sessions. Sun exposure increases the chances for complications and makes the laser less effective.
Avoid medications for acne and other conditions that cause skin sensitivity. For example, Accutane for acne makes the skin extremely sensitive and can result in injury.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
A topical numbing agent will be applied 20 to 30 minutes before starting the laser. To prepare the hair, your provider or technician will trim it down to just a few millimeters above the surface of the skin. The laser will be programmed to match your skin, the color and thickness of your hair, plus the location of the treatment area.
Depending on the type of laser, eye protection is worn by the client and provider. It is also necessary to protect your skin with a cooling device or cold gel, which assists the laser in penetrating the hair follicles.
The laser will emit pulses of light to the targeted areas as the technician assesses the skin for reactions making adjustments to the settings as necessary. Once the procedure is finished, you may be provided with ice packs or an anti-inflammatory agent to ease the skin and help you feel more comfortable.
After 4 to 6 weeks, you will be ready to schedule your next treatments until your hair finally stops growing back.
Recovery and Risks
The key to minimizing risks and having a speedy recovery is choosing the right providerl. This is probably one of the key considerations for any cosmetic procedure. An excellent medical practice stays current with equipment that utilizes the latest technology. They also make sure that only trained professionals perform the therapy.
After the procedure, you can expect your skin to look and feel as if you have a sunburn. It only lasts for a day or two and is relieved with moisturizers and cool compresses. It is rare that the skin blisters, but if it does, it is advised to avoid wearing makeup or other irritating products. Blisters are more likely to occur in people with darker skin tones.
Minor side effects do not occur with all clients, but they may include redness, swelling, or scarring. Permanent scars are very rare and are more likely to occur when treated by an untrained provider.
For about one month after treatment, you can expect the hair on the treated areas to fall out. It is wise to protect yourself from the sun as this can prevent temporary changes to your skin color.
Are You Ready to Remove Your Hair For Good?
To schedule a consultation with Shannon Callan, call Sol Aesthetics to find out what options are best for you. We are dedicated to providing only the latest technology in laser hair removal.
Stop the endless cycle of temporary hair removal, a permanent solution awaits you!