What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal directs heat and light energy to the follicles that lie beneath your skin. The laser renders these follicles unable to produce hair. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular and effective cosmetic treatments available.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser energy penetrates your outer layer of skin and directs it to the pigment-producing follicles below. The heat energy destroys the follicles so they can no longer produce hair.
Hair goes through several developmental phases, and laser hair removal is most effective in the growth stage. All hairs are not in the same phase at the same time, so several treatment sessions are needed to achieve smooth skin.
What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is an excellent solution for unwanted hair, and this includes facial laser hair removal. This method is chosen by both men and women who seek to remove unwanted hair from various body parts, including:
- Chest and back
- Arms and legs
- Chin and upper lip
- Bikini area
- Facial area
The number of sessions required depends on the area treated and the hair density there. Notably, facial laser hair removal might require a distinct approach due to the sensitivity and visibility of the area. Dr. Jefferson and her team will create a tailored plan for your needs, but typically, 6-11 sessions yield the most beneficial results.
What is the process of getting laser hair removal?
During your laser hair removal session, you relax on a treatment table, the treatment area is cleansed, and the laser energy is applied using a large wand. You and the technician will wear protective eye gear during the appointment.
Expect to feel some heat, tingling, and prickling. Most people tolerate the treatment well and the laser has a built-in cooling device to make it more comfortable. Right after treatment, you’ll be offered ice and a cooling gel to soothe irritated skin. You may have some redness, swelling, or discomfort immediately after the treatment. In some cases, these side effects last a day or two.
It’s best that you don’t tan for about two weeks before the session as the laser doesn’t work as well on darkened skin. You should also avoid the sun for about two weeks after laser hair removal as your skin is temporarily more sensitive to UV rays.
Over the course of your sessions, hair grows back thinner, sparser, and lighter in color. Eventually, hair won’t grow back much at all. Some people require maintenance treatments every year or two to maintain smooth skin.
If you’re ready to get started with laser hair removal, call Zen Aesthetics today or use the online tool to schedule.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal Treatment
There are a few reasons why laser hair removal is preferred to shaving and waxing. The biggest benefit is that laser hair removal is one of the only solutions that are truly permanent for removing unwanted hair.
While other hair removal methods vary in the length of time before your hair grows back, it will eventually return. If you have a full set of laser hair removal treatments, you will likely never have to deal with body hair again! Depending on the type of hair or area you want to treat, you may need a maintenance session every year or two.