If you want smooth skin but are tired of shaving, waxing, or plucking, laser hair removal can be an excellent option. During the first consultation, many patients have similar questions about the procedure. How do you know if you should get laser hair removal? Continue reading to learn some need-to-know information about the procedure.
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment within the hair follicle with light energy. The laser generates heat, which damages the follicle so that it can no longer grow hair. Because the laser is attracted to the darker pigmentation of the hair, it does not damage the skin. At Envee Aesthetics, we offer laser hair removal using the Nd:YAG laser, which is most beneficial for those with darker hair and lighter skin. We also offer treatment using the Cutera Excel HR laser, which is more suitable for darker or tanned skin.
The damage to the hair follicle caused by the laser results in long-term hair removal, however, the results are not considered permanent. They will, however, be long-lasting. Patients will require multiple treatment sessions and may require maintenance treatments over time.
The best candidates for laser hair removal are those with darker hair and lighter skin tones. However, certain laser technologies can also be used for those with darker skin tones without causing damage. Laser hair removal is safe for all skin types. However, those with tattoos in the treatment area should not undergo laser hair removal.
During a consultation, your aesthetician will briefly review your health history to ensure that laser hair removal is a safe option for you. Thanks to advances in laser hair removal technology, most patients are good candidates for the treatment.
Laser hair removal can be used in areas including:
- Bikini line
Laser hair removal is a safe procedure overall, especially when performed by a trained and experienced professional who has determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure. However, there are some risks and common side effects that patients should be aware of. Some skin irritation is normal after your laser hair removal session. In rare cases, patients may also run the risk of blistering or crusting on the skin. It is possible to experience pigmentation changes. This is particularly true for those with darker skin tones and those who do not properly avoid sun exposure after their treatments.
Immediately after laser hair removal, you can expect some tenderness, redness, and slight swelling in the treatment area. This should only last a few hours, and you can apply ice to the area to calm the skin and relieve any discomfort. You should also avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible, taking care to apply SPF 30+ daily. Most patients are advised to undergo laser hair removal in the fall and winter months so it is easier to avoid sun exposure.
Results can typically be seen within a few weeks of your laser hair removal session. Multiple treatment sessions are necessary, as the lasers are more effective in targeting follicles in a new-growth stage. Most patients undergo about six treatment sessions total.
To learn more about your laser hair removal options in Bloomfield Hills, MI, contact Envee Aesthetics. Call (248) 270-5288 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.