What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a method used to diminish unwanted body hair. Many individuals opt for this treatment on areas like their underarms, back, or bikini line. While it doesn’t offer permanent results, it provides longer-lasting outcomes than traditional methods like shaving or waxing. Typically, around six sessions are required for optimal results.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is effective for eliminating undesired hair from various parts of the body including the face, legs, chin, back, arms, underarms, and bikini zone. However, it’s not recommended for areas near the eyes, such as the eyelids, or on tattooed skin.
Some notable advantages of this method are:
- Precision: Targets dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
- Speed: Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat multiple hairs at the same time.
- Effectiveness: Permanent hair loss can be achieved after 3 to 7 sessions for many individuals.
- Convenience: Eliminates the need for daily or frequent shaving or waxing.
How to prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
When considering laser hair removal:
Refrain from Temporary Hair Removal: For about 6 weeks leading up to the procedure, it’s recommended to abstain from methods like waxing, plucking, and electrolysis. These techniques temporarily get rid of hair roots, which the laser aims to target.
Minimize Sun Exposure: Shield your skin from the sun for 6 weeks both before and after the treatment. Extended sun exposure can reduce the efficacy of the procedure and heighten the risk of post-treatment complications.
Skin Care: For those with a darker complexion, a doctor might advise using a skin-lightening cream. Steer clear of any creams or treatments that darken your skin prior to the procedure. The goal is to have your skin in its lightest shade for optimal results.
How does it work?
Laser hair removal operates on the principle of selective photothermolysis. This method capitalizes on the laser’s ability to generate heat that primarily targets cells with a high concentration of pigment (color). Dark hairs, being rich in pigment, absorb this heat most efficiently. The heat absorbed by the hair is then transferred to the hair follicles, incapacitating them and preventing future hair growth.
For the laser treatment to be effective, the hair follicle needs to be in its anagen or active growth phase. Given that hair follicles undergo varying growth stages at distinct times, multiple laser sessions are typically required for comprehensive results.
FAQ About Laser Hair Removal
Is the procedure painful?
Some people compare the sensation to a rubber band snapping against the skin. While it’s not entirely painless, most find it manageable.
Can I shave between Laser Hair Removal sessions?
Yes, shaving is allowed between sessions. However, plucking or waxing, which removes the hair root, should be avoided.
Are there any risks of Laser Hair Removal during pregnancy?
While there’s no concrete evidence showing it’s harmful, it’s generally recommended to avoid laser hair removal during pregnancy as a precaution.
Will my hair grow back thicker if I stop treatments?
No, laser hair removal tends to reduce the thickness and density of hair growth. If hair grows back, it’s usually finer and lighter.
Is there a dermatologist near me in Worcester that offers Laser Hair Removal?
Yes. At our Worcester dermatology office we offer Laser Hair Removal to patients from Worcester and the surrounding area. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.