Ready for smooth legs all year round, without the fuss of shaving?
Laser hair removal may be your answer, but before you sign up for this treatment, make sure you know what to expect before you start your treatments.
Continue Reading to find out everything you need to know before you sign up for Laser Hair Removal!
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin (aka pigment) in the hair follicles. The laser light is absorbed by the melanin which destroys the follicle and stops future hair growth.
Can anyone get Laser Hair Removal?
For the most past, yes, anyone can get laser hair removal. However, those with darker skin types have a higher chance of permanent pigmentation changes, such as hyper pigmentation (dark spots) or hypo pigmentation (light spots). Also, blonde hair does not respond as well to treatments. Because blonde hair has less melanin, the laser light is not absorbed into the follicle as well as it is with darker hair. Most people with blonde hair will notice a temporary hair loss initially, but the hair will eventually grow back. Newer technologies are showing greater promise with blondes, so make sure you ask your practitioner about them!
How many treatments are needed?
Typically 6-10 treatments spaced about 3-4 weeks apart are recommended for the best results.
Are the results permanent?
Most people will have permanent results if they decide to undergo an appropriate series of treatments. If you do not have enough treatments, it is possible for hair to grow back after a few years.
Should I avoid anything before Laser Hair Removal?
Yes, there are several things that you need to avoid before Laser Hair Removal:
- Do NOT pluck, wax, or have electrolysis for at least 6 weeks before the treatment. You need some hair to be in the follicle in order for the laser to be effectively absorbed into the follicle. Shaving and depilatory creams (like Nair) are ok to use
- Stay out of the sun. If you are treated when you have a tan, there is a higher chance of permanent pigmentation changes that can leave you with dark or lighter areas of skin
- If you are on Accutane, or have been recently, you need to stop the treatment and wait at least 12 months before starting Laser Hair removal or any other laser treatment. Being on accutane can make your skin more sensitive and lead to pigmentation changes.
- If you have a history of herpes simplex (cold sores), you should be started on Zovirax (or any other antiviral medication recommended by your practitioner) starting at least 1 day before treatment… especially if you are treating the upper lip or bikini line. Laser treatments of any type can reactivate cold sores and/or shingles in people who have a history of outbreaks.
What areas can be treated with Laser Hair Removal?
The most common areas treated are legs, bikini line, armpits, upper lip, chin, jawline, sideburns, eyebrows, chest, and back. But almost any area on your body that has hair can be treated.
What to watch out for with Laser Hair Removal…
A word of advice… check out a few different places that offer laser hair removal. Many spas and laser centers have unqualified estheticians or nurses performing the laser treatments, which can sometimes be dangerous if they are not appropriately trained. Dont be afraid to ask questions about their credentials and their results!