Let’s face it. All that plucking, waxing, and shaving gets tedious after a while. Think of all of the activities you could be enjoying rather than time spent wasted on this tiresome task. Fortunately, a cosmetic treatment called laser hair removal can help you permanently retire your razor and spend time in more enjoyable activities.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments performed in the United States. It allows you to free up time for more enjoyable activities by permanently removing unwanted hair in the treatment area.
The treatment has become very popular for a number of reasons. One is that it is extremely fast. The amazing precision of the cosmetic laser allows us to precisely target many hair follicles for simultaneous destruction, preventing the growth of unwanted hair in this area. Additionally, laser hair removal allows us to precisely target a specific treatment area without affecting surrounding skin tissue.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The concept is quite simple. We use a laser to direct thermal energy into hair follicles producing unwanted hair. This destroys them and prevents the growth of unwanted hair. The melanin in the hair — the pigment that gives your hair its color — absorbs this energy.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The patients who respond best to this type of laser treatment are those with dark, coarse hair. The reason is that the laser is best able to target hair that contains more melanin or darker hair. Those with lighter colored hair may still benefit from the procedure, but may not obtain optimal results.
How Is the Treatment Performed?
We begin by shaving down the hair in the treatment area to a level just above the surface of your skin. You and your technician may be required to wear protective eye wear during your treatment. We then direct the laser to transmit thermal energy into unwanted hair follicles, permanently destroying them to prevent the growth of unwanted hair.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The answer lies in the way that individual hairs grow. Each individual pair grows in a unique growth cycle, and when a hair follicle is dormant there is no hair present for the laser to target on. So multiple treatments ensure that we catch each individual hair when it happens to be in a growth phase.
Are There Precautions I Should Follow Before or After My Treatment?
Avoid plucking, waxing, or electrolysis before your hair removal procedure, as the laser needs the presence of a hair for proper targeting. You should also refrain from sun exposure before and after your treatment, since this can limit the effectiveness of the procedure or lead to complications afterwards.