Hamilton residents considering laser hair removal service wonder how it works
The average person spends 72 days of his or her lifetime shaving. The average woman spends over $10,000 on shaving or over $20,000 on waxing in her lifetime. Hair removal practices can be tedious and time consuming. If you are done with shaving, tweezing, and waxing, for patients in Hamilton, Dr. Shukla and the drs skincare team offer laser hair removal service to help you get rid of unwanted hair.
How laser hair removal works
This treatment has quickly become a commonly requested cosmetic procedure. As a precise procedure, the laser energy focuses a beam of light at the hair follicles. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light and the hair is destroyed. Following a series of treatments, the result is a significant reduction in excess and unwanted hair in the target area. Laser hair removal treatment is an effective, safe method to decrease unwanted hair in almost any area of the body.
Preparing for laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure and is more than just zapping excess hair. The procedure requires extensive training and is performed by a medical professional. Prior to your laser procedure, limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks. When you perform these hair removal practices, the root is temporarily removed. The root must be intact, as that is what the laser targets.
As with any laser procedure, it is important to avoid sun exposure prior to, during, and after laser hair removal treatments. Sun exposure may irritate the skin and cause complications. Also, if your skin is tanned, the laser may need to be turned down making the entire process less effective.
Expectations during the procedure
The day of your appointment, hair in the treatment area will be prepped so it is just above the skin surface. The laser will be calibrated to custom settings for each patient. Adjustments can be made according to the skin color, hair color, thickness, and treatment location.
Protection is necessary with laser procedures. The laser technician and patient both wear glasses to protect the eyes from the light energy. A cooling device or gel protects the outer layers of the skin. It also helps the laser penetrate the skin to reach the follicle below.
During the procedure, the head of the laser is passed over the treatment area. Pulses of light penetrate the skin quickly. Following the procedure, you may use ice packs, cold water, or anti-inflammatory products to ease any discomfort. Multiple treatments are needed to achieve the best results. Treatments are scheduled four to six weeks apart.
Over the course of a month, the hair in the treated area will shed and fall out. Side effects are rare, but can occur. Initially following your treatment, your skin may look and feel sunburned. This typically subsides within 24 hours or less. Cool compresses and creams may help soothe your skin. Makeup can be worn if desired. Blisters are rare but can occur. If your skin blisters, keep the area clear and avoid wearing makeup in the blistered area to avoid infection.
To reduce irritation and speed the healing process, take care of your skin between treatments. Gently exfoliate the treatment area a few times each week to remove dead skin cells and debris from the skin. Your hair grows in cycles, so the laser is only able to target follicles in their growth phase. Hair regrowth will occur in follicles that were resting at the time of your appointment. Do not remove these hairs by plucking or waxing, as the hair will not be present and thus not treated during your next laser session.
Aside from the convenience of not having to wax or shave, there are additional benefits to laser hair removal including:
- Fast – In less than a second, the laser pulse treats multiple hairs.
- Short treatment – Lasers are fast, precise, and efficient. They treat large areas quickly. Small areas can be treated in a matter of minutes.
- Any area – All areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal.
- Cost-effective – Each year, men and women spend money on individual hair removal products. Rather than spending the time and money with daily or weekly products, a series of laser treatments can successfully reduce unwanted hair and save you money in the long run.