Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
Find Out More About the Laser Hair Removal Process
In order for laser hair removal to be truly effective, it has to be performed in a series. This is because hair grows in a staggered pattern, referred to as the Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen phases. Basically, some hairs are actively growing in, others are falling out (or in the process of falling out), and others are grown in and sitting in the follicle. This process shifts every 2 to 4 months, which is why one treatment won’t get rid of all of the hairs.
Most hair removal lasers work best on light skin with darker hair. However, the technology keeps getting more sophisticated, and today it is possible to treat darker hair on darker skin types. This also applies to fair-skinned persons with light hair. It is the contrast that is necessary for the laser to target correctly. If you have darker skin, or fair skin and light hair, it is important to ask if the facility has the right laser for your specific skin tone and hair color.
Laser hair removal used to be an expensive option, but just like with any other new technology, the price eventually comes down and settles. Do some research online and in local papers to see who is offering a good deal, and then check them out on YELP and Google to make sure they have good reviews. Call them and ask who will be performing the treatment on you. Is it a medical doctor with adequate training, or is it a Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant? If it is not one of these professionals, steer clear of the facility. Lasers in the hands of an unqualified person can lead to bad burns, scabs, infections, and permanent scarring.
Lasers are not entirely pain-free; they heat up the skin in order to collapse the hair follicle. There generally is a little discomfort during the procedure and some redness afterwards. However, it’s the collapse of the follicle that creates the smoothness—leading to no more stubble. Most people that have laser hair removal are happy with the results.
A few things to consider:
-It may be necessary to shave right before the procedure. Some lasers work better if you shave, while others work better if your hair is longer. Ask the facility you’re going to for direction.
-If your pain tolerance is low, you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before the procedure to reduce some of the discomfort. However, try to avoid taking aspirin, as that may cause bruising. You can also ask the facility about a numbing cream.
-Avoid tanning before or right after laser hair removal treatments, as it can lead to burns and scars. For that reason, it is best to do laser hair removal during the winter months.
-Ask the facility about the guarantee of their results. Some places will give you more treatments if your hair grows back and others will not. If you have any questions at all regarding laser hair removal, be sure to get answers before beginning the process. Better to be safe than sorry!