What You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the US today. This process involves beaming a highly concentrated light into the hair follicles, where it is absorbed by pigment in the follicles, effectively destroying the hair. Lasers are best for targeting these hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Each laser pulse is a fraction of a second, but can treat a number of hairs at the same time. This means that for every second of a laser hair removal treatment, an area about the size of a quarter is treated. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the process can take a few minutes, or roughly an hour. If you’re considering laser hair removal treatments, here are some of the top things you’ll need to know before scheduling your appointment.


Plucking, Waxing, and Shaving

You’ll need to hold off on your normal method of hair removal once you’ve set the date for your first appointment. This is just a precaution to make sure that the hair follicles are in the proper growth stage before entering the hair removal process. If there isn’t enough hair for the laser to detect, you’ll end up with the same results as those with less pigment in their hair. In addition to cutting out your normal hair removal, doctors recommend limiting sun exposure and self-tanning lotions three weeks prior to your first treatment, in order to ensure that there is enough contrast between the pigment in the skin and the pigment in the hair. But there is one small exception to these rules: on the day of treatment, you should run a razor over the areas to be treated. This helps the laser to focus on the hair follicles more precisely during treatments.


It’s Better For People With Dark Hair & Light Skin

Because lasers target the pigment in the hair, you won’t see optimal results if you have blonde, red, or gray hair. There just isn’t enough pigment in these hair colors for the laser to detect effectively. What might be even more of a letdown? Some machines used in laser hair removal are not compatible with tanned or darker skin tones, because the contrast between the pigment in the hair and the pigment in the skin is not great enough.

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You’re In It For The Long Run

You’re not just going to make one appointment and become completely hair free. In fact, most doctors agree that it takes consistent appointments every four to six weeks to achieve optimal hair removal. Just like appointment times ranging from minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area being treated, it generally takes two to four more sessions to get ideal body results than it does for ideal facial results.


You May Not Even Be Completely Hair Free

There is always a chance that your treatment will leave behind fine hairs that can’t be removed via laser treatments. This is completely dependent on the individual. Some women require fewer treatment sessions, and some will retain these small, fine hairs.


Over all, laser hair removal is a great option for many women, as it can greatly reduce or completely remove the existence of hair on the face and body. The best thing you can do when considering laser hair removal is to brush up on the facts, and talk to your trusted medical professional to see if the treatment is right for you.

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