Are you sick of needing to pluck, wax, or shave on a regular basis for the removal of unwanted hair? Many people have been helped by undergoing a laser hair removal procedure that allows them to spend time in more enjoyable activities and permanently set aside the razor.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the United States. It involves the use of a safe laser to selectively target hair follicles for destruction. Since follicles are what grows hair, their destruction leads to the permanent removal of hair in the area of treatment.
Lasers allow us to individually select single hair follicles, or multiple hair follicles, for destruction. The laser does not affect skin tissue outside the treatment area. You should be able to resume your normal activities soon after your fast treatment.
How Does the Treatment Work?
The melanin, or pigment-producing part of your hair, absorbs laser energy during the treatment. The thermal energy destroys the hair follicle to prevent it from growing hair in the future.
Why Are Multiple Treatments Needed?
This is because of the way that hair follicles grow. Each individual hair follicle will be in a certain growth phase at the time of your treatment. One hair follicle may be in one phase while a neighboring hair follicle is in another. To be treated, a hair follicle must be in its growth phase at the time of treatment. The hair follicle in a dormant phase will have shed its hair shaft. The laser equipment needs a hair for proper targeting.
Precautions for before the Treatment
Avoid prolonged sun exposure for one week before and after your procedure. This is because prolonged UV radiation exposure can limit the effectiveness of your procedure or interfere with your recovery.
Precautions for after the Treatment
Avoid tanning beds, sun exposure, and other laser procedures until the completion of your treatment. Avoid hot tubs, showers, saunas, and vigorous physical activity for two or three days after your treatment.
You may apply makeup or skin care products and resume shaving in the treated area as soon as the following day, as long as your skin is unbroken and there is no skin redness. Remove makeup using a clean cloth and cleanser. Dry by patting. Treat your skin gently and avoid excessive rubbing.