Laser hair removal is a convenient non-invasive method for permanently reducing, or removing unwanted facial and body hair.
It leaves the skin looking smoother and silkier than other methods such as waxing, electrolysis, and the use of razors. It’s also a gentle technique that can treat large areas effectively with minimal discomfort, and with no downtime.
Today, laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed in the United States.
The laser used during the treatment emits a beam of light that targets the melanin in the hair growth center (called the pulp papilla region).
The papilla is a large structure at the base of the hair follicle. It nourishes hair by supplying nutrients and oxygen to the bottom layer of the epidermis cell. The bulge of a hair follicle is essential in the regeneration of hair, as it provides the hair follicle with new cells.
For hair to stop growing back, those areas need to be severely damaged.
There are three phases of hair growth:
The laser only targets the active phase of hair growth. Not all hairs are in the anagen phase at the same time, so some hairs are untargeted during a single treatment.
There are a few steps you need to take prior to your appointment to ensure the best results. Avoid exposure to the sun for six full weeks before your laser treatment, and shave the treatment area the day before your appointment.
During your laser hair removal appointment, you can expect to experience a painless snapping sensation while the procedure is being performed. Most patients describe it as uncomfortable or slightly painful.
Following your appointment, you might experience what looks and feels like a sunburn. You can apply moisturizer and cold compresses to ease any discomfort. You should also avoid exposure to the sun for six weeks after treatment, and you can resume wearing makeup the very next day.
The hair in the treatment area falls out over the next four weeks.