Laser hair removal works by sending a beam of laser light into hair follicles with enough power to disable or destroy the root, but not enough power to harm the surrounding skin. The laser beam finds the hair follicles by targeting the substance that gives skin and hair dark color – melanin.
Most patients report a snapping feeling. For the most part, the ice applied to the treatment area before the procedure will minimize any discomfort from the laser. A small number of patients report minor itching, redness, or swelling in the treatment area that subsides within a few days.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?
Before your first session, you need to avoid waxing for six weeks.
Avoid the use of tweezers. The laser needs to be able to identify the hair follicle. Shaving is acceptable.
You MUST stay out of the sun. Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas you laser.
On the day before your treatment, you should shave with a clean, new razor. By shaving, the lasers will be able to locate the follicles.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
During the hair growth cycle, some hairs are actively growing while others are dormant, and laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growth phase. The number of laser hair removal treatments necessary for complete hair removal varies and is best determined during consultation. Most patients require 4-6 hair removal treatments, spread out between 4-6 week intervals.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME?
After your treatment, you should be ready to go back to work or go on with your day. In terms of hair removal, you will notice some hairs falling out during or directly after the treatment. This trend will continue for about 21 days – just when it is about time for you to reschedule your next appointment. Some side effects include redness in the area that was treated. If you were exposed to the sun without sunscreen, you might also notice a skin discoloration.