Hair removal is one of the never-ending processes in life. No matter how much shaving, plucking, or waxing you do, it always grows back. It can be frustrating to constantly worry about it, not to mention the time and money spent on removing it. Research has revealed that an average woman spends approximately 72 days of her entire life shaving. One of the best ways to cut down on the time and labor spent removing hair is laser hair removal, and it’s well worth the investment if unwanted hair bothers you. If you’re considering your options, then here’s what to know about it.
Laser hair removal works by targeting pigment in the individual hair shafts. There, the laser energy travels to the follicle and generates heat, destroying the hair growth mechanisms. Over time, this reduces the ability of each follicle to produce new hair growth.
Laser hair removal is not a one-time treatment. Because of the hair growth cycle, it can take a few treatments to fully address each follicle at different stages of growth. There are generally three stages.
The first stage is the active stage during which the hair grows, and most hairs are usually in this stage. The second one is the catagen stage in which hair follicles start to collapse. The third and final stage is called the telogen stage, which is where hair starts to fall off.
This cycle takes approximately four months, after which the hair starts to regrow. Laser hair removal ideally stops the regrowth. Since not all hairs will be in the same stage of the cycle, you’ll need to have several laser sessions for all hairs to be treated. The number of sessions needed for the best results differs, but they vary from three and six sessions.
It’s important to stay away from the sun for at least a week before seeking laser hair removal. Sun exposure can cause pigmentation to develop which can negatively affect the laser energy’s ability to target your hair follicles. Also, make sure you stay away from the sun for at least 72 hours after each session since your skin will be photosensitive.
In order for the treatment to be effective, you’ll be instructed to shave a day or two before each session. This reduces the chance of burns since the hair is short but a shaft still exists within each follicle. On the other hand, if you wax or pluck it, this removes the hair shaft and makes treatment ineffective.
It can be scary to consider using laser treatment on your skin, but laser hair removal is an extremely safe and effective method when performed by a licensed and experienced laser technician. With the right techniques and technologies, you can enjoy long-term results and much less time spent removing hair at home.
Laser hair removal is an excellent way to feel confident in your skin and manage unwanted hair. To meet with our skincare team and learn more, we invite you to contact our Bloomfield Hills office by calling or filling out our online form.