How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

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Hair removal is an important part of modern grooming, especially for women. It helps us feel put together and polished, but it can also be very time consuming. All the waxing, plucking and tweezing we do to ourselves also takes a lot of effort and money. Not to mention, it’s a little painful and potentially damaging to your skin. If you’re tired of having a standing bi-monthly appointment with your waxer and are looking for a more permanent grooming solution, laser hair removal might be for you.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is a more permanent way to get rid of unwanted body hair. The process has been performed experimentally for about 20 years before becoming commercially available and practiced by the dermatology community in the 90s. It’s since become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the US. The process works by aiming concentrated beams of light at hair follicles. The pigment in your hair absorbs the light, which damages the follicle enough to inhibit future growth. The results can last anywhere up to a few months or a year. However, they may differ from person to person, depending on the amount of hair removed and genetics.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal?

The removal process is a lot more complicated than just zapping away your unwanted hair. It’s a medical procedure that requires a certain amount of training to perform. Always go to a reputable technician or dermatologist whom you trust. It’s also important that you stop plucking or waxing 6 weeks before your appointment because laser removal targets the unwanted hair’s roots, which are obviously removed by waxing.

What can I expect during the procedure?

Before you undergo the procedure, the unwanted hair that is being treated will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. Then your doctor will adjust the laser equipment according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin tone. Depending on the type of laser used, you and your doctor will have to wear protective eye gear. A cooling gel will also be applied to the target area to protect the outer layer of skin. Your technician will then test the light pulse on a small section of hair and watch it for several minutes to ensure the optimal laser settings are used. If everything is in order, the technician will begin. The length of the procedure will depend on the amount and area of hair being removed. Once it’s over, you’ll be given ice packs or soothing creams to ease any discomfort you may have. You can schedule your next session 4-6 weeks later, and will keep receiving treatments until the hair is fully removed.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery and Side Effects

For a day or two, the skin of the affected area may feel a little sensitive and sore – a bit like getting a sunburn. Ice, moisturizer and cold compresses may be used to ease any pain. If your face was treated, you should be able to wear make up the next day unless your skin is blistering. listering is rare, but seems to be more common in people with darker complexions. Over the next month, the treated hair will begin to fall out. Wear sunscreen on the affected area to prevent any changes in skin color. Other side effects may include swelling and redness, but these are temporary and will fade. If you do notice any unusual reactions, contact your dermatologist.

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