Laser Hair Removal: 5 Things You Should Know
Every woman is guilty of deliberately planning their outfits around their shaving schedule. We’ve all been there, and it can be a serious hassle. Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular over the years. Since the first hair follicle was destroyed with a laser by Theodore H. Haiman on July 7, 1960, laser hair removal technology has seen significant advances. Say goodbye to plucking, waxing, and shaving, and hello to the era of smooth skin all of the time.
Here are five things you should know about laser hair removal:
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works as a beam of light that is gently guided over the surface of the skin. The light energy is absorbed into high pigmented areas, the hairs, as it forms into heat energy. The heat energy warms the hair, damaging the hair follicle and preventing re-growth. Once the follicle is completely damaged, hair can no longer grow in that follicle.
Every patient displays different hair growth rates. Thus, different people will require different amounts of treatment. There have been cases where one laser hair removal treatment is successful, while others require five. Most patients need several treatments because hairs are not responsive to lasers during all stages of their growth cycle. Hairs are most responsive to the laser treatment when they are in the anagen, or beginning, stage because they contain the most amount of pigment or melanin.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
For most patients, laser hair removal is 100 percent successful. After approximately three to seven treatments, most patients will achieve their desired results. Patients who have light or dark hair will have different experiences. The light energy emitted from the laser is attracted to high pigment areas. This is why laser hair removal has been most effective on patients with fair skin and dark hair. Instead of the energy focusing on the skin, the dark hairs can absorb the heat. Generally, patients with lighter hair are not ideal candidates or will have to undergo more laser hair removal sessions.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
Laser hair removal has very minimal side effects compared to waxing and shaving. The patient will not experience any painful ingrown hairs or pesky razor burn. Laser hair removal is not painful, but it may be uncomfortable. Patients tend to notice minor skin irritation and redness that usually subsides within a few hours.
Preparing For Laser Hair Removal
Before committing to laser hair removal, always check the credentials of your doctor. A Board Certified Dermatologist should perform the procedure. Don’t pluck or wax the hairs for around six weeks before your appointment. The follicle needs to be intact to absorb the laser’s energy. Intense sun exposure can also cause damage to the hair follicle, so avoid the beach before treatment. There needs to be a little bit of stubble in order for the procedure to be successful. It is best to shave the night before a laser hair removal treatment.
Obviously, the number one benefit to successful laser hair removal is never having to shave, pluck, or wax again. This procedure can remove hair from any area of the body with the ideal hair color and texture. Whether it’s your face, underarms, back, legs or bikini area, laser hair removal can do it all. Not only does having no hair mean you can save more time and money in the long run, but you also won’t have to deal with bumps or irritation anymore.
At Elias Dermatology, we are Board Certified Dermatologists with years of expertise in laser hair removal. Request an appointment today by calling 1-954-771-0582 and begin your journey towards smoother, softer skin.