Laser hair removal

Tweezing, shaving, waxing, threading- it is all rather tedious, time consuming, and reoccurring. It seems that once you get yourself as hair-free as you want, the stubble return, growing like unwanted weeds. This is why many people are turning to laser hair removal.

Lasers are convenient for removing unwanted hair from the bikini line face, leg, arm, underarm, and other areas. With laser hair removal you can expect precision, lasers have the capability of selectively targeting dark, coarse hairs while leaving the skin undamaged. Laser hair removal is also very time effective,  every pulse of the laser takes merely a fraction of a second and can treat several hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area close to the size of a quarter every second, meaning that small areas such as the chin or upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, while large areas, such as legs or  back, may take up to an hour. Most patients will notice permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries with the procedure potential risks. Thus before getting laser hair removal, as a responsible patient, should thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor or technician performing the procedure while also checking reviews on the clinic. If you decide to undergo laser hair removal, you should limit waxing, plucking, threading, and electrolysis in that area for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the root of the hairs’, such roots are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You should also avoid exposing your skin to the sun for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure can make the procedure less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely to happen.

Before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface (usually done at the clinic). The laser equipment will then be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being in addition to skin color. Depending on the source used, you and the technician will need appropriate eye protection provided by the clinic. You will also need to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device also provided by the clinic. This will help the laser light to penetrate the skin.

The technician will distribute a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for a period of time to make sure the best settings are being used and to make sure you are not having any bad reactions.

For a day or two after the skin area that has been treated will look and feel like it’s sunburned, however cool compresses and moisturizers may help with discomfort. If you had your face treated, you can wear makeup the next day unless you have blistering.