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5 Common Questions About Laser Hair Removal

Posted by Ashley Greer
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If you're considering laser hair removal for permanent hair removal, you may have a few questions about the procedure. Here are our most common questions we get asked by people inquiring about laser hair removal treatments:

What types of hair and skin are best for laser hair removal?

Because the photons in the laser react to melanin and hair, laser hair removal works best on dark hairs and light skin. Dark coarse hair is ideal for permanent removal with a laser. However, there are methods and options for permanent removal of even light hairs, and we recommend a consultation with an expert who will evaluate your specific needs and provide a personalized solution.

What parts of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?

Every part of the body is suitable for laser hair removal. Unwanted hair on the face, legs, back, bikini area, chest, and underarms are all suitable sites for permanent hair removal, eliminating the need to wax or shave those areas. Men and women often have different areas of concerns and desired treatment sites, but it is suitable for all unwanted hair.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Laser hair removal precisely targets the hair follicle and never penetrates the surrounding skin, and is therefore not painful for most people. It is usually compared to the sensation of a pop or a tap. During a session, the intensity of the laser can be adjusted to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

How long does a laser hair removal treatment take?

The length of a specific hair removal session varies depending on the surface area of the skin to be treated, and the density of the hair. An average session lasts 20-60 minutes.

However, laser hair treatment does require multiple sessions for effective, permanent hair removal. At any given time, a hair follicle is in a different phase of growth. While some hairs are in their growth phase, and are visible above the surface of the skin, some follicles will be in a dormant phase, with no visible hair at the moment. A few weeks after a laser hair removal session, those dormant follicles will have entered a growth phase, and the session will need to be repeated in order to treat those hairs. Most people require a total of 6-9 sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, in order to eliminate all the hairs in a specific area.

Finally, in order to achieve the smoothest, longest-lasting results, maintenance sessions are recommended every 2 years after the initial removal. 

What should I expect after getting laser hair removal treatment?

Immediately after the session, you may notice redness or swelling in the treated area, and the skin may be sensitive. Apply ice or a cold pack to reduce swelling and minimize discomfort. If desired, apply aloe vera gel to the area, but avoid other creams and ointments.

Avoid the sun and sunbeds after laser hair removal and during the course of treatment. Stay covered up and out of the sun completely for 72 hours. Apply a SPF 50+ sunscreen daily to the affected area, and continue to protect yourself from sun and tan exposure for 6-8 weeks after treatment. Your hair removal professional will provide specific recommendations for sun protection for your individual skin.

Although every individual is different, these answers provide a good overview of what to expect from your laser hair removal journey. Make sure that your practitioner answers all your questions, addresses your specific needs and concerns, and makes you feel informed and comfortable before your treatment.

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