In today’s post, I will talk about many questions that people have about laser hair removal and reduction techniques.
What’s the biggest mistake people make when getting laser hair removal?
There are 2 mistakes that people generally. The first one is not researching enough and not opting for a certified professional to do the procedure safely and effectively. The second mistake is not completing the full treatment or not coming back enough times.
How many treatments are usually necessary?
It varies from person to person. Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growth phase. Most patients require 4-6 hair removal treatments, spread out between 4-6 week intervals.
Does hair fall off instantly?
Some do and some do not! Some hair might take up to 10 days to fall off. When laser passes through the skin disabling the hair follicle, the hair that leaves the epidermis falls off instantly and the hair that is under the epidermis will take from 5 to 10 days.
What areas of the body respond best to laser hair removal?
As long as the hair is dark, all areas respond well to laser but areas around the eye area should be avoided as lasers can harm the delicate eye area. The parts where we shave everyday like legs,
underarms and bikini area are the parts that are most common for laser hair reduction. Facial areas like chin, upper lips are also quite common.
Is it true that you shouldn’t be on antibiotics if you’re getting laser?
A person may become more sensitive to light while taking antibiotics, which is why it’s recommended to talk to your physician before any laser treatment.
Is it permanent?
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction, not permanent hair removal. Laser hair reduction targets and destroys your current hair follicles but new follicles can develop, thanks to hormonal changes or shifts in weight. So maintenance treatments are required to maintain the hair growth.
Does it hurt?
Yes it could be painful for some. It totally depends on a person’s pain threshold capacity. Technically it is just a stinging feeling.
How long does the procedure take?
This depends on the area size, density of hair, speed of machine and your pain threshold. Each hair follicle is zapped in a millisecond, so a small area like underarms take just few minutes while the leg area might take 30 to 40 minutes per session.
Which treatment is right for your hair and skin type?
Those with lighter hair may not find laser hair removal to be effective. As the hair lacks pigment, it’s not possible for the lasers to identify the hair follicles and destroy them.
How does the laser target the hair for removal?
Lasers use light and electric pulses to heat the hair follicle and destroy its roots without damaging the surrounding tissue or skin. By targeting the follicle, laser hair removal treatments inhibit any future hair growth.
How do I prepare for my laser hair removal?
Before your first session, it is important for you to avoid waxing for six weeks. Try to avoid tweezers. You can shave within 24 hours of your laser appointment. Stay out of the sun as much as you can because any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas you laser.
What are the possible side effects of laser hair removal?
The most common side effects after laser hair removal include a slight burning sensation or warmth in the area treated, swelling and redness. Most of these side effects disappear within a couple of hours to a couple of days after a treatment.
Does it only work on fair skin and dark hair?
It’s all about the hair follicle having some color, because the dark pigment in the hair absorbs the laser light. As long as you are not a redhead or have white hair (they have less pigment in their hair), it will be fine for you.
How do you know if laser hair removal is safe for your skin?
Get a consultation done by a certified professional!
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