Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Summer brings warmer weather and extended daylight, but it also requires getting ready for shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits.

For many patients, this means extra time and money shaving, waxing, and threading various body parts.

While these methods of hair removal are effective, they are very temporary and often need frequent maintenance.

Fortunately, patients have the option of laser hair removal, which is a quick and easy treatment to permanently reduce unwanted hair.

Before committing to this procedure, here’s everything you need to know.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal can reduce growth by up to 90 percent in the treated area. As a result, hair becomes much finer, and patients need to shave far less often.

What Kind of Hair Can Be Treated?

Because the laser’s energy is attracted to pigment, the treatment is most effective on coarse hair that is dark brown or black.

It does not work on gray or white hair, and results vary on red and blonde hair.

How Many Sessions Are Required?

Depending on the treatment area and the density and color of hair, patients typically require four-to-six treatments.

These sessions should be completed every six-to-eight weeks.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The laser’s wavelength allows it to focus heat on pigmented hair follicles. During each treatment, fully developed follicles with be destroyed, while others will become weakened.

Patients can usually note results within two-to-three weeks of their initial session.

What Are the Most Common Treatment Areas?

Laser hair removal is often performed on the legs, arms, back, chest, face, underarms, and bikini.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Compared to many other cosmetic procedures, laser hair removal is relatively painless.

Certain lasers have cooling systems for increased patient comfort, including the Excel HR.

How to Prepare for a Laser Hair Removal Session?

Patients should avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks before treatment and shave the area the day of or the day before their session.

What to Do After Treatment?

The treated area should not be tanned for at least two weeks, and waxing, plucking, threading, and sugaring are not permitted.

However, patients may shave, use depilatories, or bleach hair regrowth.

For additional information about laser hair removal, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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