If you are unhappy with having to regularly tweeze, shave, or wax to prevent unwanted hair, you are not alone. Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular types of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. It allows you to permanently remove unwanted hair and spend more time in activities that you actually enjoy.
What is laser hair removal?
The treatment utilizes focused laser energy that is directed directly into each hair follicle that produces unwanted hair. The hair follicle will absorb the transmitted energy and be destroyed by it. This will prevent hair from growing there in the future after repeated treatments.
Should I consider laser hair removal?
The patients who respond best to the treatment are those with darker, coarser hair. Those with lighter colored hair and fair skin do not typically respond as well to a laser hair removal treatment. This is because the contrast between the colors of the hair and skin allow for better laser targeting of the hair follicles.
Laser Hair Removal Benefits
A cosmetic laser can help if you desire the removal of unwanted hair from your face, arms, legs, underarms, or bikini line. This treatment offers key benefits and advantages over other hair removal systems. The amazing precision of the laser allows for the selection and targeting of individual dark hairs, while surrounding skin remains undamaged.
The speed of the system is also very appealing to many patients. Each laser pulse takes only a fraction of a second to deliver, treating many hairs simultaneously.
How many laser hair removal procedures will I require?
Since each individual hair grows in phases, you will require multiple laser hair removal sessions to be sure to catch all hairs when they happen to be in a growth phase. Patients typically require between five and nine treatments for optimal results. Laser sessions are spaced several weeks apart.
One consideration is that hairs growing in different areas of the body and face have different cycle lengths. Facial hair normally has a shorter treatment cycle, so it requires more frequent treatments, while body hair requires less frequent ones.
What should I expect after my laser hair removal treatment?
All hairs treated by the laser can be expected to shed within three weeks of your treatment. At this time, hair may appear to be growing but is actually shedding. After treated hair sheds, you should notice a short period of hair-free skin. When the new hair grows in again, normally within two months, you can return for your next laser hair removal session.