What is Laser Hair Removal and How Does it Work?
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light emitted from a medical laser to target and remove unwanted hair.
There are several laser hair removal technologies on the market, however, all laser hair removal machines work similarly. The light from the laser is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair. This light energy is converted to heat, damaging hair follicles just below the skin's surface. Once the hair follicle's destroyed, the hair falls out and does not regrow. Multiple treatments are generally needed for initial hair removal 4-6 weeks apart and maintenance treatments every few months.
Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Traditionally, the best candidates for laser hair removal were patients with light skin and dark hair. This contrast helped the laser target your hair. In patients with darker skin (more melanin), the skin tends to compete with the hair for light energy. The absorption of light energy by melanin in the skin resulted in the potential for damage to the skin, not the follicle. However, with technological advancements, modern lasers can safely be used on patients with dark skin.
Currently, laser hair removal works well for patients of all skin types with any unwanted body hair who expect a permanent reduction in hair (60-80% permanent reduction) and are willing to commit to several treatments initially and occasional maintenance treatments.
Keep in mind, unwanted hair must have some pigment (colour), either brown, light brown or black. The procedure doesn't work well for hair colours that don't absorb light well, such as gray, blond, red, or white hair.
Which Area Is Suitable For Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal can treat almost any area of the body, including:
upper lip, chin, neck & beard line, full face, shoulders, underarms,
full arms, half arms (elbow to the fingers), chest and abdomen (neck to your bikini/buttocks ), stomach (bottom of your chest to the bikini line), back (neck to the tailbone, including shoulders), bikini line, buttocks, legs, thighs, and lower legs (knees to your toes).
What to Expect
Your initial laser hair removal appointment will begin with a consultation. This visit takes approximately 15 minutes. During this consult, we will review your medications, medical history, discuss your goals, explain how the treatment works, and determine the number of treatments you need.
- Arrive at your appointment with the treatment area free of makeup, lotion, deodorant
- Lines are drawn on your skin to define the treatment area
- You will be given protective eyewear
- A cold gel or a cooling device will be applied to protect the skin during the treatment
- Pulses of light will be delivered to the treatment area. Many patients describe it as feeling like a rubber band snapped against the skin.
- Small treatment areas are completed in minutes. Larger areas, such as the legs or back, can take up to one hour.
- Mild redness and swelling may occur, which usually subsides within the first 24 hours
- Avoid all types of heat for the first 24 hours (hot showers or baths, saunas, steam rooms, and exercise)
- You will be able to apply makeup or topical moisturizers immediately if you chose
- Hair will not fall out immediately, it will occur slowly over the following few weeks.
- Some patchy re-growth is normal due to the differing growth cycle of hair follicles.
- Book and attend follow-up treatment as directed by your technician
- Stay out of direct sunlight for at least three days after your appointment
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