What is the technology behind laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal treatment is almost as simple as it sounds. A laser releases light, which is absorbed by the melanin in the hair. When the light is absorbed, it creates heat that slowly destroys the hair follicle, preventing hair from growing back in that area.
For some time, laser hair removal was only effective on individuals with fairer skinned and darker hair. The contrast makes it easier for the laser to pick up on the pigment in the hair. However, our new ICON® machine has a piece that allows for treatment of lighter hair – this includes blondes and grays.
Why laser hair removal?
Most clients who pursue laser hair removal do not want the tedious task of common and very temporary methods of hair removal (i.e.: tweezing, waxing, and shaving). Laser hair removal provides a semi-permanent solution with little maintenance depending on the individual. There are also very few possible side effects, including skin irritation and pigment changes. But nothing that will cause serious damage to the affected area.
How many sessions of laser hair removal are required to receive a noticeable difference?
Typically, between 4-6 treatments is average. Some individuals respond very quickly to the treatment and some may take a little longer. It is unique to the person and area of treatment.
How often can I be treated?
Depending upon the area and your skin type, expect between 4-6 weeks between treatments.
When will I notice a difference?
Hair will not shed immediately. It takes a few days after treatment and may look like hair is growing, but it is just falling out from deep in the root. It is recommended to shave the night before the appointment to ensure hair is in its “new growth” cycle – the laser works most effectively on hair follicles in this stage.
How do I choose a provider for laser hair removal?
We always recommend choosing a provider who is board certified in dermatology or has experience working in the field of dermatology. It is very easy now to price shop options for laser treatments, but most of the time you are not receiving a personalized approach to the treatment to ensure success.
It is costly, so it is worth investing in a provider who will: review your medical history in detail, be sure to discuss possible risks associated with the procedure, and take before/after photos to ensure the treatment is working over time.
Is there any downtime?
We say there is little to no downtime with laser hair removal. You will be able to drive yourself home from your appointment, but there may be some redness and swelling. Ice can be applied to help reduce discomfort.
It is recommended to avoid sun exposure during periods of treatment and to be generous with sunscreen application if you will be outdoors. Some providers will recommend treatment during colder months, when sun exposure is minimal to provide the best results.