Laser hair removal is a common treatment people use for removing unwanted hair on both men and women. But, if you have never had a treatment, you might have a lot of questions on how laser hair removal works.
Below are some frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.
#1: How does it work?
When you hear the word laser it might sound complicated, but it’s a simple in-office procedure.
The primary principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis (SPTL), the matching of a specific wavelength of light and pulse duration to obtain optimal effect on a targeted tissue with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. Lasers can cause localized heating, in the area that causes hair growth, the follicle, while not heating the rest of the skin.
Light is absorbed by dark objects, so laser energy can be absorbed by dark material in the skin, but with much more speed and intensity.
#2: What laser type is right for my needs?
There are three different types of lasers:
- Diode – This laser is extremely effective for dark and light skin.
- Alexandrite – The alexandrite is the fastest one of the lasers and it’s best for treating big areas for patients who have light or olive complexions.
- Nd:YAG – This is a laser that can be used on all types of skin, even tanned skin. It’s not as effective when used on file or light hair compared with other laser types
#3: What are the parts of the body laser hair removal work the best on?
Even though you can remove hair, with a laser, on any section of your body, it is really effective at removing hair on your bikini, chin, lip, and under your arms.
#4: Who will it work best on?
Since the laser is attracted to the pigment of your hair color, it works best on coarse, dark thick hair.
It’s important to note that it can take a bit longer to work fully on hair that is thicker. There is some hair that’s extremely resistant and sometimes new hair will appear because of changes in hormones or different hair bulbs activating during your treatment period.
#5: Should you stop any medication before having it done?
Similar to waxing, you shouldn’t take certain medications while having laser hair removal performed. Any photosensitive medications should be stopped a minimum of seven days before your treatment. Most of the antibiotics you will take are often in this category, so if you’re on it for infection, contact your health provider for approval.
You also shouldn’t use any type of skincare items that can make your skin more vulnerable to irritation and the sun while you’re being treated. If you aren’t sure whether the medication you’re taking could affect your treatment negatively, speak beforehand with your doctor.
#6: When will I see results?
Everyone’s different and different body parts have various growth rates which determine results. This means that it could take shorter or longer based on the spot. Most clients will need 6-8 treatments to fully remove the hair.
#7: Is it necessary to go to all the sessions?
A lot of people wonder if it’s necessary to stop the treatments because their hair growth has slowed down. If you’re truly looking for effective hair removal, you have to go to all of them.
#8: Does the treatment hurt?
The sensation, for most people, ranges from a warm, light pinch, to a light snapping on the skin.
#9: If you’re having your period, should you cancel or reschedule?
You shouldn’t cancel your appointment even if you have your period. Consistency is essential when you are having treatments. If you are having your period, simply use a tampon rather than a pad when you have your treatment.
#10: How do I prepare for my appointment?
Shave the area that you’ve having treated before the treatment so the laser is able to go into your hair’s root, rather than singe or target your hair outside or on your skin. Don’t bleach, tweeze or wax any of the area a month prior to the session since your root must remain intact so that the laser can destroy it effectively.
#11: What’s the right way to take care of the areas that are treated?
Following the session, avoid exposure to sun and use sunscreen. Any hair that grows in between the sessions shouldn’t be threaded or waxed but shaved.
#12: What’s the average cost?
The price you’re going to pay for each session will vary based on the area you are targeting on your body. Also more than one session, will be needed so that hair growth is fully stopped. But when your skin is hairless, you’re not using razors or getting wax treatments. Some providers have hair removal packages that can help lower the cost. For an accurate estimate on price contact a hair removal clinic near you.
#13: Are there any risks?
Even though it’s considered to be safe, there are some risks. You may have burning, discoloration, scarring and blistering. You also may discover that your hair’s growing back, meaning that you could need treatments each year so that the growth is kept up to date.
Questions about Hair Removal?
Let Pura Vida Medical Spa help you reach your hair removal goals. Call us at 239-919-7872 and schedule a free skin care consultation. On the web, visit puravidanaples.com to learn more about us and our med spa services.
We are conveniently located in Downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue South with ample free parking nearby. After (or before your appointment) visit some of the nearby great restaurants and shopping in our neighborhood.