A lot of individuals become tired of consistently shaving, waxing and plucking to remove unwanted hair. Unfortunately, these processes often cause breakouts, redness and unattractive razor bumps. One of the best possible solutions is laser hair removal. The unwanted hair on the body, face or both is effectively and safely removed by a skilled professional. Due to the progress of technology, this procedure is safe. It is important to understand that the process typically cannot be completed with just one session. The majority of people require a series of treatment sessions. Once the recommended number of treatments has been completed, the average person will not see any new hair growth for months. If and when the hair does grow back, the majority of individuals see less hair than prior to the treatment. The hair is also lighter in color and much finer. Most people choose to have another treatment when the hair begins to grow back.
The lasers were specifically designed for this treatment. This means the lasers are safe for most areas of the body and can treat larger areas effectively. The most commonly treated areas include:
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
The treatment is considered a medical procedure performed to remove unwanted hair through the use of a concentrated beam of light. During the treatment, the light is emitted by the laser. This light is then absorbed by the melanin or the pigment within the hair. This energy is converted to heat to damage the hair follicles responsible for the production of hair. The damage delays the growth of the hair as time passes. Although the growth of the hair is impaired for a long period of time, the final result is not always permanent hair removal. Maintenance treatments may be required to prevent the hair from growing back. This procedure is the most effective for individuals with darker hair and lighter skin. The treatment makes it possible to treat hair in almost any area. The exceptions are the eyelid and the skin surrounding the area.
The success of the treatment can be influenced by your skin type and the color of your hair. The basic idea is the light is absorbed by the pigment of your hair as opposed to the pigment of your skin. Only your hair follicles are damaged by the laser, not your skin. This means the best outcome comes from an individual with lighter skin and darker hair. The procedure can still work for darker skin and lighter hair, just not as well. The efficiency of the treatment for these individuals has improved due to the advancement of modern technology. There are new treatment options consistently being developed for individuals with white, red, gray and blond hair and darker skin. Prior to having the procedure, you need to set up a consultation with the professional to make certain the treatment is a viable option for your specific wants and needs.
During your consultation, we will perform certain actions. This includes reviewing any medications you are currently taking and your medical history. It is important to tell the team if you have a history of scarring, skin disorders or if you have had this treatment in the past. We will talk to you about your expectations and the benefits of the procedure. This includes what the process is and is not capable of offering. It is important to keep your expectations reasonable. In many cases, photographs of the targeted areas will be taken for comparison with the photographs taken after you have completed your sessions. You will be informed how many treatments will most likely be required, and the professional will customize a plan to help you meet your goals.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
You may be given special instructions to help you prepare for your treatment. Although there are variations, it is important to follow the instructions you are given, avoid direct sunlight for a set amount of time prior to your treatment and use a broad-spectrum, high-quality sunscreen every day. You should not use any products that lighten your skin or darken your skin with sunless skin creams. If you naturally have darker skin or have recently acquired a tan, you may be given a prescription for a cream to lighten your skin. You should avoid any other method for removing hair including electrolysis, waxing and plucking. These methods can cause disturbances in the hair follicles. You should avoid these methods in the weeks prior to your procedure.
Medications to thin the blood should be avoided. It is a good idea to ask which medications should be avoided prior to your treatment such as anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin. Shaving or trimming is typically recommended before your procedure. This will eliminate the hair growth above your skin. The hair shaft beneath the surface will remain intact. You will most likely need a series of treatments. The time necessary between sessions is dependent on the location of the targeted areas and other factors. Multiple weeks are usually required for any area with fast hair growth like your upper lip. Additional weeks are usually recommended for areas with a slower growth of hair like the back.
It may be necessary for the targeted areas to be shaved prior to the laser hair removal treatment. To help you remain comfortable during the treatment, a topical anesthetic may be applied to your skin. The treatment begins when a hand-held laser is pressed against your skin. Your skin will be protected with a cooling agent. Once the laser has been activated, the laser beam passes through the skin to reach your hair follicles. The heat emitted by the laser beam is intense. This damages the follicles and slows down their growth. Most patients said they felt warmth from the laser and a cold sensation, but not intense discomfort. Smaller areas only require a few minutes for treatment. Larger area can require more time.
It is important to note that there may be a little redness in the targeted areas after your treatment. This will most likely disappear within hours. Once you have had your first session, it is important to avoid exposure to the sun, tanning beds and natural sunlight. This includes the time between your sessions. We will provide you with specific times. Again, you should use a broad-spectrum, high-quality sunscreen every day to protect your skin.
Important Facts Regarding Laser Hair Removal
The hair will not immediately fall out. The hairs will shed for days or weeks. This is not your hair continuing to grow. The reason you will need additional sessions is because the growth and loss of hair happens in cycles. The procedure is most effective when your hair follicles have entered the stage of new growth. The results will vary from person to person. Some individuals do not see new hair growth for months while others have had the procedure last for years. In either case, the treatment is not permanent for everyone. The hair may eventually grow back in a lighter color and much finer. When the follicle of the hair is completely destroyed, the hair is unable to grow back. When the follicle has been damaged, the hair will eventually regrow. The majority of people choose to have another treatment once the hair has started to grow again.
The procedure eliminates the individual hairs by targeting the pigment with the light from the laser. The light reaches your hair follicles by traveling down the hair shaft. This heat is what will destroy your hair follicles. Your hair grows in a specific cycle consisting of periods of growth, shedding and resting. If your hair is in the resting phase, the laser and the professional will be unable to see the hair. The hair must enter the growth phase before it can be removed. Most individuals have sessions over a period of multiple months. Although results vary, the decrease in the rate of growth is usually substantial. This means you will not need to shave the areas you had treated for a long time.
Laser hair removal can be used almost anywhere on your face and body. The device is able to cover larger areas quickly. Your maintenance sessions may require a shorter period of time because the hair is finer. It is important to note that there are a wide variety of laser hair removal kits currently available on the market for at-home use. These kits are dangerous, they are expensive and they do not provide anywhere near the same benefits as the professional process. This type of hair removal should not be done without a qualified professional present.
When performed by true professionals, the treatment offers a lot of benefits, including:
- The treatments are precise. The laser is able to target dark or coarse hair quickly and efficiently.
- The pulses from the laser only require milliseconds. Multiple areas can be treated at the same time. This means small areas only need minutes for treatment.
- The growth of new hair is less dense. In most cases, the hair grows back lighter and finer than the original hair.
- The majority of individuals have seen results after a series of treatment sessions. These results last for a long time.
Prior to your procedure, any hair growth near your skin on the targeted areas will be trimmed. The setting of the laser is adjusted based on the areas being targeted and the thickness, coarseness and color of your hair. The color of your skin is also an important consideration.
It is important to note that the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has stated the most frequently used option for hair removal within the United States is the laser. This treatment requires a lot less time than electrolysis, which can also be very uncomfortable. This is especially important if you have sensitive skin or if you are treating your bikini area. A good example is having the hair removed on your underarms. The laser only requires sixty seconds or less as opposed to electrolysis requiring an average of three to eight minutes.
Get Started with Laser Hair Removal
If you are interested in having laser hair removal or would like to find out if you are a good candidate for the treatment, please schedule your personal consultation at Skin Deep Solutions in Vacaville. We can assess your case and address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started!