Laser Hair Removal

 

Laser Hair Removal

 

Both men and women seek laser hair removal services to have unwanted hair removed. Hair removal is commonly done on lip, chin, ear lobe, shoulders, back, underarm, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini lines, thighs, face, neck, chest, arms, legs, hands, and toes.

 

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is the use of laser energy to produce long-term hair reduction. The energy of the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair that is why lasers work best on dark hairs.

 

How many treatments?

Normally, a series of five treatments are administered at four week intervals depending upon the location of the hair.

 

How should I prepare for treatment?

You should shave the area the day of your treatment. Do not wax or remove hair with the root for four to six weeks before and throughout the course of treatment as hair needs to be in place to be targeted by laser. The area should be shaved as closely as possible so that laser can target the most energy towards the hair follicle and not waste energy on the part of the hair above the skin’s surface. If your hair is the type that you can’t see where it was right after you shave, make it a bit easier on your tech by shaving one to three days before so the outline of where hair is growing is just VERY slightly visible.

 

What should I expect after treatment?

After treatment is completed (underarms take under ten minutes, back treatment can take 1 hour or so), you can apply aloe vera to soothe the skin if needed. Within two to three and a half weeks, you should experience shedding of all treated hair. At first, hair will look like it’s growing back in, but it is just shedding. Shedding starts at about one and a half weeks and can last until three and a half weeks post-treatment. Exfoliating and/or scrubbing gently in the shower with a loofah can help speed up the process.

After shedding finishes, you might notice little black dots in the skin. These are commonly referred to as “pepperspots” and will shed eventually, but might take a bit longer. Exfoliation of these areas will encourage the shedding process.

After shedding occurs, you should experience a hair-free period for a few weeks, until the next set of hair that was dormant before starts to come in. Treatments are spaced four to six weeks apart. A 20% reduction can be expected with each treatment. Five treatments are usually necessary to achieve optimal results.

 

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