If you’re tired of shaving your underarms daily or can’t face scheduling another waxing session at your local spa, you should know that there is a longer lasting option for removing hair out there. Laser hair removal not only lasts longer than most options, it’s also less uncomfortable and less painful.
Of course, there are a number of misconceptions about laser hair removal treatments, which can lead to a certain degree of confusion. If you’re seeking a better hair removal option, get the facts about lasers before deciding whether it’s the right one for you or not.
What It Does
Whether it’s on your scalp, legs or face, every strand of hair grows out of a follicle. If you destroy the follicle, you eliminate the hair. In many cases, that is exactly what laser hair removal does. During your treatment, a surgeon or other trained technician aims a device at the hairy area.
The energy from the laser beam is directed to the follicles. Any pigment in the follicles absorbs the heat and energy from the laser, destroying the hair and the follicle. For a few weeks or months after the laser treatment, the destroyed hair will fall out.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, the color of the hair you’d like to treat matters. In many cases, the treatment works best on dark hairs. Blonde or light hair doesn’t have a sufficient amount of pigment to attract the laser beam to the follicle.
Handling Hair Before Removal
It’s common for there to be some confusion about handling the hair before you go in for laser hair removal. While you it might seem like a good idea to wax the area, that’s actually very much not recommended. You need hair in a follicle for the laser treatment to work. If you have the area waxed, the hair will be ripped from its follicle and there will be nothing for the laser to treat. Along with waxing you want to avoid any type of hair removal that disturbs the follicle for a few weeks before treatment, such as plucking and electrolysis.
While you can shave the area, it’s usually best to leave well enough alone. Remember that the person performing the hair removal is going to expect to see some hair there. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about being hairy or to feel that you’re somehow ungroomed.
How Many Treatments You Need
There is some confusion about the number of laser hair removal treatments people will need. Hair needs to be present and actively growing in the follicle for the treatment to be effective. Since not every strand of hair is always growing at all times, that can mean that you need several treatments before you see complete results.
The exact number you’ll need depends on the size of the area being treated and how many hairs are in an active or resting phase. Generally, it’s recommended that you have a series of treatments, spaced several weeks apart.
Duration of Results
While the results from laser hair removal typically do last longer than the results from other methods, it’s worth pointing out that no method of hair removal provides guaranteed permanent results. Your results can last for a good, long amount of time, but there’s always the possibility that new hair will grow after a few years or months. If that occurs, you can have additional laser treatments or switch to a different method of hair removal.
Who Can Do It
Just as you wouldn’t have just anyone perform plastic surgery, you don’t want to have just anyone perform laser hair removal. Although it might seem superficial, laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires a decent amount of training. You want to see a board certified medical professional who has experience performing laser hair removal. Be wary about going to a regular beauty spa or salon for a laser treatment.
Schedule a consultation before you decide to have laser hair removal, so that you have a clear idea of what to expect and so that you can thoroughly evaluate the surgeon’s expertise and training. Getting the full scoop on what you can expect from a single treatment and from multiple treatments will help you better understand the procedure and decide if it’s the solution you’ve been looking for.
Laser hair removal is one of the treatments offered by Dr. Ross Clevens at IMAGINE Laser Solutions. Located in central Florida, the laser treatment center is run under Dr. Clevens’ direction. If you are thinking about hair removal, come to the place that’s run by an Ivy League trained, board certified plastic surgeon. To find out more, call (321) 727-3223 for a consultation today.