The summer months are the time of year when you really want to enjoy and show off the benefits of your laser hair removal, which is one reason why the fall and winter months are the best time of the year to get started on your laser hair removal treatment plan. Here, we take a closer look at laser hair removal and what treatment entails.
Shaving unwanted body hair can lead to small cuts and razor burn, and it’s easy to miss some spots. Waxing can be painful and requires waiting for hair to reach a certain length. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to getting rid of unwanted facial and body hair.
Laser hair removal is commonly used to reduce unwanted hair on the legs, armpits, bikini line, upper lip and chin. The eyelid area and tattooed skin should not be treated.
Laser hair removal consists of multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart. This is because body hair grows in different phases. Each treatment lasts anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. The plan typically requires 5-6 treatments, each one about one month apart. You may need maintenance treatments.
During treatment, the treatment area is coated with a gel and a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. That energy is converted to heat, which then damages the hair follicles, which inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Laser hair removal requires zero downtime and doesn’t damage surrounding skin. After treatment, you may experience some redness or swelling, but it goes away after a few hours. Applying ice to the treated area can help with any discomfort.
Laser hair removal is FDA-approved and effective on all skin colors and hair types. It’s most effective on people who have light skin and dark hair.
Leading up to and after each treatment, you will have specific instructions on how to prepare and care for your treatment area. You will want to stay out of the sun before and after treatment, avoid tanning beds and use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen daily. You will need to avoid plucking, waxing and any other hair removal method for at least four weeks before treatment.
To learn more about laser hair removal, call 425-278-9233 to schedule a consultation.