Irrespective of how many DIY tips you try or salon visits you make, unwanted hair on your body and face won’t stop coming back. If you are looking for a solution that will put an end to your problem forever, consider laser hair removal. The results are permanent, and you will love the feel of your soft, smooth skin. For those who are already giving laser hair removal some serious thought, here are some vital facts you must know about the procedure.
1. Laser hair removal isn’t time-consuming
A laser hair removal session can be quick but depends on the size of the area that is being treated. For instance, if you are treating an area on the face, it will take a couple of minutes but preparation time and post-care advice will mean the appointment is about 15 minutes in total. This means, you can schedule laser appointment easily between a lunch break or just after work. Larger areas like the legs or back will take a longer period of time. The laser being used will also determine the time required for the treatment.
2. Expect results
As the laser beam targets the pigment in hair root, it destroys hair follicles so that they do not grow again. If you are undergoing sessions within the suggested time frame and adhering to the tips provided by the team caring for you, about 8 treatments will result in approximately 80% decrease in hair density in the area.
3. Treatment is safe
There are many myths going ’round about side effects of laser hair removal. However, the treatment is safe for all skin types (as long as the right laser device is chosen for your type of skin). Though there may be mild redness in the treated area for a few people, it usually goes away in a day or two.
4. Different types of laser devices and settings are needed for different hair and skin types
Gone are the days when laser hair removal was only effective on lighter skin types. NdYAG lasers with the right settings in place, are usually safe in those with skin of colour. It is essential however, to choose the right provider to avoid problems.
5. Gym after the session is a strict no
If you are planning to head straight to your gym class after laser hair removal session, you might regret it later. Heat from laser usually stays in the skin for 24 hours. Therefore, you will need to avoid exercise, saunas and hot showers after the treatment. Ignoring this advice increases the chances of creating some side effects.
6. Avoid sun exposure after the session
Laser hair removal makes the skin sensitive and more vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) light. Sun exposure can result in hyperpigmentation on the skin, which can affect the way the laser works and can mean unwanted side effects.
Not many people know that laser hair removal has more than one benefit. In addition to removing unwanted hair, it also reduces ingrown hairs and can help with conditions like hidradenitis suppurativa.
While some people get nervous about the costs associated with laser hair removal, it often ends up being more economical and easier than things like waxing in the long term.
Most people report close to 90 percent permanent reduction in hair growth, but there’s a possibility that hormonal changes (like polycystic ovarian syndrome) might make hair grow back or more difficult to treat. In this scenario, you might have to consider maintenance sessions.
If you feel your hair growth is excessive, it is important to see a dermatologist to determine if your excessive hair due to an underlying medical problem.
A good area to start with is your armpits! A small area that will have you wearing those sleeveless tops with confidence!
We hope this post will help you make your move toward silky, smooth skin.
The information contained in this blog post is intended as a guide only and should not substitute seeking medical attention. Please see your healthcare provider for more information on suitability of products, treatments or procedures.