If you are not satisfied with shaving, waxing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering. Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States. It diffuses a highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs light. It destroys the hair.
Benefits of laser hair removal
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, chin, back, arms, armpits, bikini line, and other areas. The benefits of laser hair removal include:
Laser hair removal specifically targets the hair down to the follicle. This is a particular advantage over intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal. Because the use of laser makes it more suitable for treating people with dark skin. Accuracy also means you should see results sooner.
Each pulse from the laser takes a fraction of a second and can process multiple hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area about the size of a quarter per second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, can take up to an hour.
Most patients can experience loss of permanent hair in 3 and 7 sessions, laser hair removal is therefore very successful.
Minimal side effects
There are only a few minor side effects of laser hair removal, and those that do tend not to last more than a few days.
Once you start your laser hair removal journey, you won’t need to spend your money on regular expensive waxing treatments, depilatory creams, razors, or other hair removal methods. It may cost more upfront, but over the course of your life you will save a lot by not having to spend on these procedures.
No ingrown hairs
Unlike waxing, donning and waxing, you won’t have to put up with painful and unsightly ingrown hairs. You also won’t have to put up with any burns or razor irritation. Laser hair removal can even improve ingrown hairs.
No waiting for hair growth
You don’t need superficial hair for laser hair removal treatment. In fact, you are encouraged to shave shortly before your session to avoid burning the hair on the surface. This means that while you wait for laser hair removal to work, you can stay lint-free, unlike waxing and other hair removal methods where you need to have sufficiently long surface hair before a session.
How to prepare for laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is more than just “zapping” unwanted hair. This is a medical procedure that requires training and carries potential risks. Before waxing laser, you need to carefully check the credentials physician or technician performing the procedure.
If you are planning to have laser hair removal, you must limit picking, waxing and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the roots of hairs, which are temporarily removed by epilation.
You should also avoid exposure to the sun for six weeks before and after treatment. Exposure to the sun makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
What to expect during laser hair removal
Just before the procedure, your hair, which will be treated, will be cut a few millimeters above the surface of the skin. Usually a topical numbing medication is applied for 20 to 30 minutes before the laser procedure, to help with the puncture of the laser pulses. Equipment laser will be adjusted according to color, thickness and location of your treated hair as well as your colored skin.