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Should I Get Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a popular medical option to get rid of unwanted hair on various parts of the body, including the face, legs, back, underarms, arms, and bikini line. It is a more comfortable procedure than waxing, or tweezing, and produces significant permanent hair reduction for a smoother appearance. Laser hair removal is a very precise treatment that selectively targets the hair in the desired area while leaving the surrounding skin alone.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Laser hair removal is safe for all skin types and colors. Its effectiveness depends on your hair color and may usually not a very good match for blonde, red, grey, or white hair, although recent technology developments have improved options for lighter hair. Laser hair removal usually work with the pigmentation in the hair and darker shades can react more efficiently to the treatment. A consultation with your dermatologist or laser technician is your best course of action so they can determine more accurately if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal technology or another treatment.

If you have tattoos, they shouldn’t be an issue if they aren’t in the area where you plan to get laser hair removal. If you have a tattoo in an area with unwanted body hair, laser hair removal isn’t advised for safety reasons, although the laser professional may be able to perform the treatment around the tattoo.

If you are considering laser hair removal, you’ll want to limit plucking and waxing for 6 weeks before treatment, or even your first consultation, because the laser will target the hair roots, which plucking and waxing temporarily remove. You should also avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks before and after treatment. By taking these precautions, you will be able to schedule an appointment as soon as you are approved for the procedure and maximize your results.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The laser used for hair removal beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles right under the surface of the skin. The pigment in these follicles absorbs the light and this destroys the hair. This treatment is safe and gentle because the laser system is specifically designed for hair removal and does not damage the skin.

Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes to over an hour depending on the targeted body area. Sessions often occur every 2 to 4 weeks to ensure that the treated hair fell and that the new hair has properly gone through its natural growth cycle. Many people achieve their goals with about 6 treatments, but more may be necessary depending on your hair and where you want it removed.

What Results Can I Expect?

Most people experience no aftereffects and have a comfortable recovery after treatments. You may experience some redness and swelling for a few hours, but it should go away on its own. Targeted hairs do not fall out right after the procedure but will do so within days or weeks.

Repeated treatments help with extensive hair loss that lasts from months to years. Where the hair removal isn’t permanent, it generally regrows sparser and possibly of lighter color. Your dermatologist and/or laser technician may recommend maintenance laser treatments for more permanent hair removal.

Advanced Dermatology Center provides a variety of laser treatments for healthy skin! Reach us today at (818) 284-4003 or via our contact form to schedule an appointment.