Laser Hair Removal is one of the most effective methods for permanently reducing or eliminating unwanted hair on the face and body. With the correct administration of treatments, it can drastically diminish hair growth and also make it easier to remove unwanted hair at home with traditional methods. Because it’s a particularly popular option during the summer months when patients are planning on wearing their favorite warm-weather outfits, now is the perfect time to learn more about laser hair removal and what you can expect during your treatment:
The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal
As with any laser therapy, there are pros and cons for laser hair removal that are important to consider. Your laser specialist will address any of your questions or concerns and discuss the benefits of this service so you can make an informed decision about your treatment options.
- More uniform complexion and skin appearance
- Ability to treat small or large areas effectively
- Drastic growth reduction with an average of three to eight sessions
- Requires several sessions for best results
- Gray or blonde hair is usually less responsive to laser treatment
- Requires specialized lasers for darker skin
Am I A Good Candidate?
Not everyone will benefit from laser hair removal for a few different reasons. The best candidates are:
- Those with unwanted body hair (underarms, legs, back, chest, or bikini line) and/or facial hair (chin or upper lip)
- Patients looking for alternatives to shaving, waxing, electrolysis, and bleaching
- People with light skin and dark hair
Darker hairs will absorb the most light emitted by the laser, and lighter skin provides a more functional environment for light-energy absorption by the hairs. This means that darker skin or lighter hair may require a different approach for optimal results. During your consultation, your laser specialist will recommend the safest and most effective options for your specific needs.
The Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Before each treatment session, you’ll be given instructions on how to properly trim the hair in the treatment area to facilitate an effective laser process. Protective measures will be established during your visit, such as wearing protective eye shields to avoid injury to your vision, and applying a unique cooling gel to protect your outer skin layers. Though the treatment has been described as feeling like a “gentle rubber band snap” and is generally tolerable, you may also request a topical anesthetic for additional comfort. To begin, your specialist will perform a test by guiding some light pulses over the treatment area. The laser will pass over the skin, where the pigment in the hair shaft will absorb the lasers energy. Then, the energy will travel to the hair follicle where it will generate heat and begin the process of damaging the hair growth mechanisms.
The length of your treatment session will depend on your treatment area. For small areas like the chin and/or upper lip, it can take as little as thirty minutes per session. For larger areas like the legs or chest, it can take up to an hour, maybe more. Our team will make sure you know what to expect from your customized treatment plan. Afterward, it’s important to protect your treated skin from sun exposure since laser treatments can cause your skin to be photosensitive. Any lingering discomfort or redness from your treatment can be soothed with ice packs.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about laser hair removal and how you can get started on achieving a hair-free look, we invite you to meet with one of our certified laser teams at either our Seattle or Edmonds locations. You can schedule your appointment by calling the clinic or filling out our online form.