Instead of spending hours and hours of time and spending lots of money removing your unwanted hair through plucking, shaving, and waxing, laser hair removal can be rid of hair on any area of the body leaving the skin smooth and hair-free. Laser hair removal has grown a lot in popularity throughout the years because of the long-term results, lack of downtime, and the little to no pain associated with the process. Millions of people struggle with the frustration of unwanted hair and want to get rid of it once and for all.
Lots of advancements have been made, even within the last several years, in regards to laser hair removal solutions. Small lasers are able to target even the smallest, most stubborn hair follicle and zap each hair one at a time, creating silky, smooth skin. Some patients have a very small portion of skin that they want to target such as their upper lip or their underarms while others want to use laser hair removal to get rid of the hair on both of their legs, rid their back of unsightly back hair, or elsewhere.
The number of hair removal procedures will depend on each patient and how large the area for hair removal covers as well as the coarseness and thickness of the unwanted hair. During an initial consultation, you and your doctor or technician can discuss your hair removal goals and you will gain an understanding of what to expect during the procedure as well as an estimate for how many treatments you’ll require to achieve optimal results. Since hair grows in cycles, laser hair removal will require at least a couple of sessions to target the hair as it grows to ensure full and permanent removal.
Other factors will determine how many treatments are required in total including a patient’s weight, diet, metabolism, age, and whether or not they’re on any medications that may affect hair growth. The hair’s color, ethnicity, and density will have an effect on how many treatments are required as well.
Unlike popular belief, patients do not need to grow out their hair prior to removal, but they should refrain from using depilatory creams, waxing, or tweezing for at least a couple of weeks prior to treatment. Before the laser treatment, the area will be cleansed and shaved. The laser is moved carefully over the area of treatment, disabling each hair follicle almost instantly. This whole process may take a mere minutes or up to a couple of hours depending on the size of the treated skin’s surface area.