For anyone looking for an effective method of long-term hair reduction, Laser Hair Removal fits the description as it uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to systematically destroy stem cells found in hair follicles. It’s a method used by thousands of people that is safe to remove and slow unwanted hair growth. Nonetheless, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering instead of shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair.
How Does Laser Hair Removal work?
As the certified technician applies laser light to unwanted hair, it is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair. Next, the light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. For the laser to destroy the root effectively, the hair needs to be in the growth phase. That said, multiple treatments are required to see full results to capture each hair in that growth phase.
What Benefits Can You Get From A Laser Hair Removal?
As reported by many people, lasting results are expected with laser hair removal. In some cases, a touch-up is needed a few months or years, but it remains one of the best long-term solutions available. Nonetheless, a visible permanent reduction in hair growth becomes easier to maintain over time.
When starting the laser hair removal journey, there is no need to spend more money on hair removal methods, such as regular expensive wax treatments, depilatory creams, razors, to name a few. It might be costly beforehand, but it will save a huge amount by no longer spending on these procedures. Also, one can save a great deal of time that would otherwise be spent shaving or waxing.
No Ingrown Hairs
Unlike waxing, threading, and epilating, a client will not have to put up with painful and unsightly ingrown hairs nor tolerate razor burns or any irritation. In fact, laser hair removal can even improve ingrown hairs.
Smooth Skin — Potentially Forever
Interestingly enough, many people who undergo laser treatments don’t have to give unwanted hair a second thought.
More often than not, hair regrowth after six months is less noticeable. Moreover, hair will become thin, weak, barely visible, and won’t grow as it used to. After laser treatment, unwanted hair will be pretty rare.
No Waiting For Hair Growth
It doesn’t need surface hair for a laser hair removal treatment. In fact, clients are encouraged to shave soon before the session to prevent scorching any surface hair. While waiting for the laser hair removal to work, remain fuzz-free, unlike waxing and other hair removal methods where a patient must wait long enough for hair to surface before a session.
Minimal Side Effects
Laser hair removal’s side effects are reported to be at a minimum, and those which occur are rare and may not last more than a few days.
Safe Medical Procedure
Laser hair removal is a safe procedure. To operate a laser device, they need to go through thorough training. A person is taught more than just how to operate the device during training.
There’s not just one type of laser hair removal device; there are several. Some devices are designed for people with sensitive skin. Oppositely, there’s a category of more powerful laser devices that can get rid of persistent hairs.
Laser hair removal systematically destroys stem cells found in hair follicles. Also, the intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal benefits people with dark skin tones. By the word precision, it also means visible results immediately.
Fast And Effective
The permanent hair loss can be achieved in 3 and 7 sessions; hence, laser hair removal is effective.
What Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Treatment Treat?
Laser hair removal can treat different body areas for men and women based on their specific grooming needs. Here are the hair areas that most people want to be treated.
Bikini (private part/pubic)
Upper lip and chin
Chest, abdomen, and back
Arms and upper body
What Happens During Procedure?
The laser hair removal session begins with shaving the target area and applying a cooling gel before a licensed aesthetician performs the laser treatment. A customized laser beam’s parameters will follow according to the skin and hair type. The licensed aesthetician will divide the target area into sections.
A handheld laser device will be used over the target area to eliminate the unwanted hair follicles. At the end of the procedure, application of a cold compress will be made to alleviate any discomfort or redness.
When Will I See The Results?
Note that hair does not fall out immediately but is shed for days to weeks, which may look like continued hair growth. That said, it is necessary to do multiple treatments. Also, hair follicles in the new-growth stage work best with laser hair removal treatment.
In addition, results may vary significantly and are difficult to predict. Most people experience hair removal that lasts several months and might last for years, but laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it’s usually finer and lighter in color; hence maintenance laser treatments are suggested for long-term hair reduction.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
Laser hair removal is not painful. There may be some discomfort throughout the procedure, but only a feeling like a rubber band is being snapped against the skin.
What Are The Recovery Period and Risks?
For some people, the treated area of the skin will look and feel like it’s sunburned for a day or two afterward. Cool compresses and moisturizers may help. If the face looks fine already, a make-up application can be made the following day unless the skin is blistering.
As mentioned, the treated hair will fall out over the next month, so wearing sunscreen for the following month is advised to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin. In addition, blisters are rare but are more likely in people with darker complexions, with other potential side effects like swelling, redness, and scarring.
Also, pregnant and lactating women and young adults (undergoing puberty) should not receive laser hair removal as significant hormonal changes may be experienced during these stages.
The Bottom Line
As laser hair removal becomes popular worldwide, this technique uses laser light to damage hair follicles in women and men. Hourglass Aesthetics + Salon offers Laser Hair Removal treatments using a gold standard 810 nm diode laser, combined with their constant cooling technology. Ultimately, this technique is unique since it provides a painless procedure with full coverage that leaves no marks, scars, or blemishes on the legs, arms, backs, or faces.