With summer just around the corner, hopefully, it’s time to lay our razors, epilators, and waxes to rest. You might be thinking to yourself “Why? I was just about to get them out”, but we have a sure-fire way to be hair free. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution for unwanted hair. Yes, I said permanent. Imagine being smooth and carefree on your way to the beach this summer – it is a reality.
Laser hair removal has become very common, and technology has made it available for most skin tones and hair colors. With this popularity, there are many questions, and lots of incorrect information passed around. Here, we’ll go over all the ins and outs of laser hair removal, so you’re fully prepared to cut your razor out.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Let’s clear up what exactly laser hair removal is. Laser hair removal is the process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. Simple enough, right? Basically, a laser targets a specific area and removes the hair. It has been around since the 90’s and has been perfected since – it’s also very safe. The process usually takes 4-6 treatments to remove all the unwanted hair, as hair grows in different cycles.
We all shed hair from our entire bodies and we mostly notice the loss from our head; as we usually find longer strands in our brushes, or stuck to our clothes. To achieve optimal results with laser hair removal, you’ll need treatments every 4-6 weeks.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
The answer is no but, if you’re sensitive, you may feel slight discomfort or some pressure. Modern lasers deliver highly targeted energy only to the hair follicles while simultaneously cooling the surrounding skin. To further improve patient comfort, many spas will apply an anesthetic gel to the treatment area.
How Long Until I See Results of My Laser Hair Removal?
That’s the best thing about laser hair removal. The results are immediate! There is no waiting for unwanted hair to fall out – it’s gone by the time the session is over. However, you’ll have to continue to shave in-between your visits because all the hair won’t be removed yet. The cost is dependent on the size of the area you are removing the hair. Larger areas cost more, but you can often find deals and packages to make it much more affordable.
Where Is Laser Hair Removal Most Effective?
Where? This is a great question and is very easily answered. You can get laser hair removal anywhere except around your eyes. So, eyebrows, even a unibrow, temples and upper cheeks are off limits. This is to avoid any potential damage the laser may cause to eyes, everywhere else has a green light.
Does Laser Hair Removal Have Any Common Side Effects?
Most clients don’t experience any side effects, for those who do, they are very minor. They can range from a slight burning, minor swelling, and redness. All these can be alleviated with an ice pack and some over the counter pain medications.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
Laser hair removal is not suitable for everyone, sadly. People suffering from serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis or dermatitis, are usually not candidates for laser hair removal, but if you’re interested, make a consultation appointment. In addition, pregnant women and people who have a pacemaker should not pursue this procedure. Individuals who take certain medications, such as Accutane and Retin-A, are also not candidates.
You can start with a small area, to see how comfortable you are and how your hair and skin react. Once you start though, we warn you; you’ll be removing all unwanted hair. Call Beautique Med Spa today to book your consultation.