Laser hair removal is a process of getting rid of unwanted hair on the body. This treatment reduces the amount of growth in the treated area drastically and even eliminates growth altogether in some cases.
How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The entire process of may take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, depending on the area that needs to be rented. First, the specific area is cleaned completely. In some cases, a numbing gel is required to numb the area, especially if the area to be treated is sensitive. Once the numbering gel is active, the skin is held tight and it is treated with the laser. This part of the treatment is always conducted in a special room where safety equipment must be worn to protect the eyes. The hair is vaporized by the laser and this process often causes a sulfur-like smell. The treatment will not cause too much pain and most say that it feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin.
What Skin Types Are Suitable for Laser Hair Removal?
People with all types of skin and all kinds of hair growth can undergo this treatment. The best results are often seen on people who have a thick growth of dark hair and have a fair skin. However, with the betterment of technology, laser treatments now prove to be as effective on all kinds of hair and skin. Even though clients with a darker skin used to originally suffer from side effects such as post inflammatory dyspigmentation, the laser treatment for darker skinned people has improved and the risks are now minimal.
What Results Can I Expect from the Treatment?
With every laser hair removal treatment that you undergo, you can expect to experience a 10% to 25% reduction in growth in that area. It is important to note that most people see more effective results in areas where the skin is thinner, like your bikini line or the armpit region. Areas that have thicker skin like the back or the chin region may take a longer time to show results. Once a person goes through the procedure, the growth in that region is usually a lot lighter and it has a finer texture.
Most treatments can be repeated every four to eight weeks. Patients will generally need at least three treatments in order to experience a drastic reduction in the rate of growth of the hair. Doctors advise their patients not to go out in the hot sun and to use a good sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30 for at least six weeks after they have gone through any laser treatment.