First Time Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of endless battle with unwanted body hair? When it comes to hair removal, you have more than one choice.

If you are not happy with tweezing, shaving, waxing or electrolysis, you should consider laser hair removal, a procedure that minimizes hair growth by shrinking the hair follicle. Since its introduction in the 1990s, laser hair removal has become one of the most popular hair reduction solutions. We will discuss what this process entails.


What is laser hair removal?

This is a cosmetic procedure that involves beaming highly concentrated light (laser) into the hair root to remove unwanted hair. During the process, the pigment absorbs the light from the laser and converts it to heat. The absorbed light will damage the sacs inside the hair follicle that create hair.

While laser hair removal doesn’t result in a permanent hair loss, it inhibits future hair growth. For long-lasting hair free results, multiple laser hair removal treatment sessions are required for initial hair removal. Laser hair removal procedure is most effective for persons with dark hair and light skin.

Common treatment areas include the face, underarms, legs, bikini line, and arms. Generally, the treatment can remove hair from nearly any part of the body, except the eyelids.

The success of this hair free procedure is influenced by the skin type and the color of the hair. Since it is the pigment of the hair that is supposed to absorb light, the laser should destroy the hair root while circumventing the skin. For this reason, a contrast between skin and hair color give the best outcome.

The risk of skin damage increases with the reduction in the contrast between skin and hair color. But with advances in laser technology, it is possible for people with dark skin to have laser hair removal treatment.


The Three Categories of Laser Treatments

  1. Alexandrite: This is the fastest laser hair removal treatment, and it is usually used for treating large body surface, especially among patients with light-to-olive skin complexions.
  2. Diode: This laser treatment is effective for treating dark and light skin.
  3. Nd:YAG: It is a long pulse laser that works well with all skin types. However, it is less effective for fine hair when compared to the other two.


Benefits of laser hair removal

  • Fast – Each beam of laser take less than a second to treat many hair follicles, so a body area such as the underarm can be treated within a few minutes. Larger areas like the legs or back may take longer, but laser hair removal is generally faster when compared to shaving and waxing.
  • Precise – The laser hair removal technology can target dark, thick hair without damaging the surrounding areas of the skin.
  • Predictable – With laser hair removal, you can do away with unwanted hair in as few as 3 – 7 sessions, but this depends on the hair type and density.

Laser hair removal is not the same as just shedding off unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires professional input, and it has potential risks. If you are interested in hair free treatment, choose a board-certified laser hair removal specialist. The professional will determine if laser hair removal is the most appropriate treatment for you. Please be honest with your aesthetician. Discuss your medication and previous hair removal treatments. Recent use of accutane may affect the suitability of laser hair removal treatment. The aesthetician will discuss with you the following:

  • The benefits, expectation, and risks.
  • Analyze your medical history, including your history with skin disorders, medication use, and past hair removal if any.
  • Advise on the precautionary measure you should observe before the treatment. Depending on your situation, the aesthetician will offer specific laser hair removal preparation instructions, which may include avoiding sun exposure.

Laser hair removal cannot be carried out if you have had sun exposure for over 2-3 weeks before the procedure. Sun exposure reduces the effectiveness of laser hair removal. You may need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Alternatively, consider having your treatment during the winter to minimize inconveniences

  • Avoid mixing hair removal methods Waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis can unsettle the hair follicle, so avoid them at least one month before the treatment. Shave the treatment area 24 – 48 hours before your treatment
  • Avoid skin bleaching Weeks before the procedure, avoid using any sunless skin cream, which would darken the skin. Let your aesthetician advise you on the best skin bleaching cream if you have darker skin or a recent tan.
  • Don’t use blood-thinning medication Certain medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin may interfere with the laser procedure and should be avoided before the treatment.

What to expect

Before the laser hair removal treatment, your aesthetician will cleanse the treatment area. Depending on the equipment used, you may need to wear eye protection. The aesthetician will then adjust the laser hair removal equipment according to the location, color, and thickness of hair as well as the skin color.

To perform the laser hair removal, the specialist will press the laser equipment on your skin. A gel may be necessary to protect the skin. You may feel slight discomfort, but that is temporary. The hair free treatment usually takes less than an hour.

After the hair removal treatment, you may notice slight swelling and redness on the treated area. This will only last for a few hours. To relieve any discomfort, the aesthetician may give you an anti-inflammatory cream, ice packs or cold compress.

Recovery and side effects

For a few days after the laser hair removal procedure, your skin may appear as if it is sunburned. A moisturizer may help to restore the feeling. Unless your skin is blistering, you can wear makeup a day after the laser hair removal. Weeks after you have completed your hair removal procedure, you will experience long-term hair reduction. You should avoid sun exposure after the hair removal procedure and between the laser hair removal treatments as advised by your aesthetician.

You can apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent temporary discoloration of the treated area. Generally, laser hair removal is safe. Though rare, persons with a darker complexion may get blisters. Besides this, redness, swelling, and scarring are potential side-effects.

For laser hair removal to work, you will need number of treatment sessions for you to remain hair free. The interval will depend on the location of the body. For instance, areas such as upper lip may require a shorter interval, usually four to eight weeks. On areas where hair growth is slow, the laser hair removal treatment may be repeated every three to four months. The repeat treatments are beneficial because hair growth happens in cycles. The hair removal treatment works best with hair roots that are in the new growth stage.

The benefit of having a laser hair removal treatment goes beyond eliminating unwanted hair. It also helps to reduce irritation of the skin from shaving, assist in the prevention of ingrown hair because the procedure encourages straight hair growth.

The Touch Up Laser team is offering the safest and most effective laser hair removal treatment. Contact us today for more information

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