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Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Body hair can be frustrating when you long for smooth skin. Getting rid of it can be both time-consuming and painful depending on your usual hair removal method, whether waxing or tweezing. Laser hair removal is an effective solution to get rid of unwanted body hair in a lasting or even permanent way. Dermatologists and aestheticians usually offer this safe cosmetic treatment.

Laser hair removal can treat various body areas including:

  • Legs
  • Armpits
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Back
  • Bikini area

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Your dermatologist or aesthetician uses safe and controlled laser light systems on one or more specific body areas. The hair follicles beneath your skin absorb the laser, which eventually prevents hair growth. This type of treatment does not damage your skin and lets you enjoy lasting or permanent hair removal.

One treatment can take between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the targeted body area. The number of sessions you need depends on your hair condition and the area treated. Many providers recommend six appointments for maximum results, and they usually schedule them two to four weeks apart to account for the natural hair growth cycle.

Most individuals experience little to no side effects after laser hair removal, although some swelling and redness are normal for up to a few hours after a session.

General Health Requirements

During your initial consultation, your provider will review your medical history and perform a physical examination of your skin. They will also ask about your current medication and may recommend you talk to your physician about whether you can avoid blood-thinning medication before your laser treatment.

Laser hair removal may not be appropriate for you if you:

  • Have a history of skin conditions and scarring
  • Are pregnant
  • Need to stay on blood-thinning medication at all times
  • Have extremely sensitive skin

Dermatologist and aestheticians typically recommend that you avoid sun exposure before each of your laser treatments. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 is a great way to protect your skin at any time but especially before a laser hair removal procedure.

What Is Your Body Hair Like?

Individuals who have darker hair and lighter skin usually get the most effective results from laser hair removal. The good news is that recent technology developments help most people, regardless of skin tone, to get significant hair growth reduction with laser treatments.

When you first see your provider, they will carefully evaluate your skin to find the appropriate laser tool and settings to help you get the lasting smooth skin you want.

Do You Have Tattoos in the Area You Want Treated?

You can safely get laser hair removal if you have tattoos on your body as long as they are not in the area you are planning to get treated.

Laser hair removal can damage a tattoo, reduce most of the colors in it, and blur the design. Using laser hair removal over inked skin can also burn the area, causing pain and possibly leaving you with scars.

If you are interested in professional hair removal in areas where you have tattoos, talk with your skin care professionals to discuss laser alternatives.

Are you interested in laser hair removal? Contact Advanced Dermatology Center today at (818) 284-4003 to schedule a consultation!