Tired of shaving or waxing? Then laser hair removal might be right for you.
It’s actually the only way to achieve permanent hair reduction with just a few treatments. Plus, laser hair removal is non-invasive, fast, and leaves your skin softer and smoother.
And we’re here to give you the deets on how laser hair removal works, who’s the best candidate, what a laser hair removal session is like, and what you can do to improve your laser hair removal results.
Laser Hair Removal Can Change Your Life
That’s right; laser hair removal can change your life. How? Through the application of smart science. Laser hair removal uses laser light pulses that selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin in them. The follicle’s pigment absorbs the laser’s light pulse, damaging the follicle enough to significantly slow down hair regrowth. Since the lasers target melanin, coarse, dark hair and light skin combinations tend to respond best to treatment.
Clients with darker hair and darker skin and lighter hair and lighter skin combinations can still achieve desirable results with the Nd:YAG laser. The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength and better pigment selectivity than other lasers used for hair removal, meaning that it can penetrate hair follicles more precisely, leaving the surrounding skin tissue undamaged.
The competition can’t even touch the ease and comfort of laser hair removal. Compared to other permanent hair removal techniques such as electrolysis, laser hair removal is faster, gentler and safer.
Take electrolysis, for example. Electrolysis works by inserting a sterile needle into every hair follicle, which then destroys the follicles with a low-level electrical current. Ouch! Because electrolysis focuses on one hair at a time, it’s a painful and tedious process, meaning it is best reserved for small areas of hair. If you want to remove larger areas of hair you’ll have to undergo laser hair removal, which can permanently and effectively do the job.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?
Laser hair removal is right for practically everyone. Advanced laser hair removal technologies work on nearly all skin types and tones. The only exception to that rule is red or grey colored hair. Why? Because laser hair removal technology can’t differentiate those colored hairs from the surrounding tissue. Since laser hair removal works by preferentially targeting the melanin in hair follicles, clients with high-color contrasts, such as those with dark hair and light skin, tend to respond best to treatment.
That being said, laser hair removal options still exist for other hair and skin color combinations. People with light hair and skin, for example, can achieve good results by first dying their hair a darker shade before a laser hair removal procedure.
For those with darker skin and hair, lasers such as the Nd:YAG laser can eliminate unwanted hair. The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength, and is highly sensitive to all color and melanin. This means it can more precisely penetrate hair follicles without damaging surrounding tissue.
It should be kept in mind that people with darker skin tones tend to experience a higher risk of complications associated with laser hair removal. This can include hypopigmentation, keloid scarring, and folliculitis.
What’s a Laser Hair Removal Session Like?
It’s different for everyone, really. The length of a laser hair removal procedure depends on the size of the treatment area, meaning a session can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
But regardless of your needs, you’ll be treated with care. Before the actual laser hair removal session, you’ll be given protective eye gear and an elective topical anesthetic. Once the session begins, you’ll feel a stinging sensation, indicating that the laser has been activated. The actual session involves a series of laser pulses that results in a prickling and burning sensation. But don’t worry; the pain isn’t too bad. In fact, it’s similar to that of a rubber band snapping against your skin.
After the laser hair removal session is over, you may experience temporary swelling and redness. Most clients can resume their normal activities. It’s important, however, that you avoid direct sun exposure. You should also wear sunblock with a high SPF for several weeks afterward.
How Can You Get the Most from Your Laser Hair Removal Session?
If you want to improve your laser hair removal results, there’s a number of things you can do. We’ve got the best expert tips to ensure you get the most out of your laser hair removal sessions:
- You should avoid removing hair by the roots for six weeks prior to your first laser hair removal treatment. This means no tweezing or waxing. Why? By not removing your hair by the roots, this will ensure that the laser hair removal sessions target all of the follicles in the growth phase.
- You shouldn’t wear any make-up, deodorant or lotion prior to your laser hair removal session.
- You should avoid caffeine for 24 hours before your laser hair removal treatment. While this isn’t necessary, some people have reported this can reduce discomfort during the actual session.
- Shave the day of your laser hair removal treatment. By shaving your hair, it’ll be easier for your technician to find and target your hair follicles, making the treatment more effective and reducing the length of your session.
- Don’t tan and use sunscreen. You’ll want your skin to be as light as possible during your laser hair removal treatments. Plus, if you have a sunburn, your skin will be super irritated, especially after a laser hair removal session. Make sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF 30+ for at least two weeks before and after each treatment.
- Tell your doctor if you’re on any medications before you begin laser hair removal treatments.
- You’ll want to avoid any exfoliating agents like Retin-A or beta hydroxyl acids for one week prior to your laser hair removal sessions.
- Don’t rub or pick at the treated area, and make sure not to use any loofahs or abrasive scrubs for at least five days after your laser hair removal treatment.
- You’ll also want to avoid any strenuous sports activities or hot water, saunas, and Jacuzzis for three days after treatment.
- If you’re experiencing any pain or swelling post-laser hair removal, try taking Tylenol or Benadryl and apply cold packs to the area. You can also use aloe during the first day to help relieve redness and sensitivity.
- After the first week following your laser hair removal session, you’ll want to gently exfoliate the treated area. Why? Because you’ll most likely start to notice hair growing back on the treated area. This is totally normal, and it’s just the hair shedding. Use a washcloth or an exfoliating shower gel to help the process along, but don’t use anything too rough.
- If you’re getting laser hair removal on your bikini line, make sure to wear light-colored underwear. Why? Because the laser is absorbed by dark colors.
Remember that laser hair removal works relatively fast, but you’ve still got to be patient. You’ll typically begin to see results after a series of four to six treatments. That’s because laser hair removal is only effective on actively growing hair. Intervals of six to eight weeks are required in-between sessions to allow your skin to shed all the targeted hairs.
LaserAway Is the Top Choice for All Your Hair Removal Needs
LaserAway is proud to offer the most medspa service options of any national skincare provider. We hire only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, we use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. We aim to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. Want to learn more about laser hair removal? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to making sure you never have to shave or wax again.