Some forms of hair removal, like waxing and shaving, can be messy, time-consuming, and frustrating, and only provide a short-term solution to hair removal. It can be irritating to put so much time and effort into these forms of hair removal only to see prickly hairs the next day. Laser hair removal provides a long-term, hassle-free solution to getting rid of unwanted hair that can help save you money in the long run.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a long-lasting solution for removing unwanted hair. Unlike some methods of hair removal, such as waxing and shaving, laser hair removal utilizes light energy to target the pigment in unwanted hair and can be used on any part of the body, including the face, arms, underarms, legs, and bikini area.
When the melanin in the hair absorbs the laser, the light energy is converted into heat and damages the hair follicle to delay future hair growth. When done by an experienced practitioner, this process does not damage the skin or surrounding tissue, making it a safe and efficient way to eliminate unwanted hair.
At Essential Med Clinic & Aesthetics, we use the Cutera xeo and excel HR ND: YAG laser device. We believe it is the best laser device on the market as it is suitable for all skin types and tones, as well as various hair types. Compared to other lasers on the market, the Cutera lasers significantly reduce the treatment time required for clients.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do I Need?
The number of treatments you will require with laser hair removal will vary depending on factors such as underlying health and hormonal issues, skin sensitivity, and hair density. On average, clients typically require six to nine sessions to see optimal results.
Several sessions are needed because laser hair removal can only target hair in the growth stage. The hair grows in four stages; growing, transitioning, resting, and shedding, and at all times, you will have hairs in varying stages of the growth process.
For this reason, destroying all your hair follicles in just one session is impossible. You will have to return for several treatments to ensure all follicles are targeted during their growth stage.
To maintain results, clients will typically require annual touchups. Many clients require annual touchups, but sometimes, a client may not need a touchup for five years or longer. Every client is unique, and the number of treatments necessary to achieve desired results will vary. The best way to determine how many laser hair removal treatments you need is by booking a consultation.
How Should I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
To prepare for your laser hair removal session, avoid spray tanning for a few weeks before your session, as this can affect your results. You should also avoid waxing, plucking, or bleaching the hair in the treatment area. Do not apply any creams, makeup, or deodorant to the treatment area on the day of your session. For optimal results, it is best to arrive at your appointment freshly shaved so the laser can better target active hair follicles.
What Should I Expect During Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
During your session, we will cleanse the treatment area to ensure it is free of any dirt, oils, or moisturizers. After we properly prepare your skin, the handheld laser device will move over your skin and begin the treatment.
Once the laser targets the hair follicles, you may feel a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The session length will vary depending on the size of the treatment site, with smaller areas taking as little as 20 minutes and larger sites sometimes taking an hour or more. We will ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your appointment.
What is Recovery Like After Laser Hair Removal?
After a laser hair removal appointment, it is common to experience some soreness, swelling, or redness that lasts a few days. No downtime is associated with laser hair removal, so you can return to your routine after your appointment.
After laser hair removal, you should avoid direct sun exposure and wear a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen since your skin will be sensitive after your procedure. You should avoid using scrubs, glycolic acids, and retinol creams for at least two days before and after treatment, as well as chemical peels and fake tans.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a popular and well-loved solution for eliminating unwanted hair. Laser hair removal provides many benefits and advantages over other hair removal methods. Unlike methods such as waxing and shaving, laser hair removal can provide permanent hair reduction in the treatment area.
Laser hair removal can also eliminate ingrown hairs and even remove the hyperpigmentation associated with them, leaving your legs silky and smooth. Compared to waxing and shaving, laser hair removal involves minimal discomfort or side effects like skin irritation and bumps.
After your first treatment with laser hair removal, you can expect a 10% to 25% reduction in hair. Laser hair removal results are long-lasting; many clients do not experience hair growth in the treated area for months or even years. The hair growth you experience will likely be minimal, finer, lighter in color, and much less noticeable overall. You can book a consultation with us to learn more about how you could benefit from laser hair removal.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Most clients looking for a long-term and effective solution to hair removal make excellent candidates for laser hair removal. Ideal candidates for laser hair removal are patients with lighter skin and darker hair. Despite this, The Cutera xeo and ND: YAG lasers effectively remove unwanted hair for nearly all skin tones and types.
Laser hair removal does not work on blonde, red, grey, or white hair. Though it is rare, some patients may experience more hair growth with laser hair removal treatment. It is important to note that laser hair removal must be done by an experienced professional to provide a safe and optimal experience. Dr. Freda Cobbinah is an expert provider and will help determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about laser hair removal, please call us at (210) 568-7555 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Essential Med Aesthetics is located in San Antonio, Texas.