Laser Hair Removal
Remove hair from your body using a long pulse laser
About Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a procedure which removes hair from the body utilizing a long pulse laser. Laser hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997. The treatment is performed by a specially-trained laser specialist or a doctor by pointing the laser device at shaved skin. Laser heat disables follicles from producing hair.
Hair grows in cycles. Since various hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, about 6-8 treatments at intervals of 4-6 weeks are necessary to disable most of the follicles in a given area.
Preparatory steps prior to laser hair removal are necessary for patients' safety, and to facilitate hassle-free procedures and top-notch results. By following the guidelines listed below, patients can:
- Avoid laser hair removal side effects
- Improve their laser hair removal results
- Minimize their total treatment time
For added peace of mind, we have detailed all the steps involved in the procedure. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
4-5 Weeks Prior to Treatment
The initial laser hair removal preparations can begin weeks before the first treatment takes place. These steps often involve prepping your skin and unwanted hair to make them more conducive to laser treatments. If you normally wax, tweeze, use depilatories or bleach your unwanted hair, these methods should be discontinued in the weeks prior to laser treatment. This is mainly a precaution to ensure that the hair removal process is completed efficiently and correctly. It's a fact that lasers are attracted to melanin in hair and skin, so if you have tanned skin or regularly apply tanning creams and lotions, these should be discontinued well in advance of your laser treatments. This also means that patients should be wary of sun exposure in the time leading up to laser hair removal—sunscreen should be applied before any prolonged time outdoors. Sunburns will also affect a patient's results, since the reddened skin will change how the lasers interact with the skin and hair follicles.
24 Hours Prior to Treatment
Within 24 hours of your laser hair removal appointment, it's recommended that the soon-to-be treated areas are shaved of all existing hair. The technician will likely shave the areas at the appointment if you've failed to do so beforehand. Shaving the treated areas allows the laser procedure to be completed quicker, and it will mean less discomfort and/or pain during the hair removal process itself. If too much hair is present on the skin surface during treatment, the laser will target that existing hair as well as the follicle underneath the skin. When that happens, the surface hair will be burned by the laser, and subsequently patients' skin can be burned too.
When patients arrive for their hair removal appointment, they will ideally be shaved and clean. Additional instructions will dictate that patients skip their standard applications of lotion, makeup, perfume and deodorant on the treatment day. Any substances on the skin surface during treatment can refract the laser's energy and interfere with the laser's effectiveness.
After the laser hair removal session is over, patients will likely notice that their skin appears red and somewhat irritated from the treatment. This is completely normal, and the best thing patients can do at this time is to keep their skin well hydrated, protected from the sun, and free from excess irritation. Some laser clinics offer post-laser lotions that can help minimize redness and sensitivity for patients who desire it.
By following these basic guidelines for laser-treated skin, patients should be able to resume daily activities immediately post treatment. The tone and feel of treated skin should be back to normal within 1-2 days. If problems or discomfort persists for longer than this time frame, patients should contact their hair removal provider.
These treatments are available with painless machines as well