Have you ever thought about the time it takes to shave, wax and tweeze unwanted or excess hair? You can achieve long-lasting smooth skin with laser hair removal. Read on to learn more about this common procedure and why you should consider it.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a state-of-the-art medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light called a laser to target hair follicles under the skin and get rid of unwanted hair.
How does it work?
The laser technology used emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. When it reaches the hair, the light energy converts to heat energy, damaging the hair follicles that produce hairs. This stops or delays hair growth.
Why does it require multiple treatments?
Laser technology targets hair that is in the active growth phase, which is roughly about 25-30 percent of your hair. Each session targets the hair in the active growth phase. Most people need several laser hair removal sessions spaced out by several weeks in between, depending on the areas being treated. Back hair, for example, tends to grow slower, so you may need to go 12-16 weeks between treatments to be most effective. Maintenance treatments may be needed as well for long-term hair reduction.
Does it hurt?
During treatment, you may feel some discomfort such as warm pricks from the heat of the laser beam. You may also feel a cold sensation from the cooling device or gel used. After treatment, you may experience some minor but temporary skin irritation, redness and swelling. You can apply ice to the treatment area to reduce discomfort and apply creams as directed to any area that may have a reaction.
When will I see results?
Your treated hair will not fall out immediately, but you will shed the hair over the next few days to weeks. If you live in the Phoenix area and are interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for laser hair removal, call (480) 610-6366 for a consultation.