Before your first Laser hair removal treatment, you should know how the procedure works. Laser hair removal works by using intense heat to destroy the hair follicles. Because hair follows its own growth cycle, the treatment may require multiple sessions over two to three months. You may experience some redness, swelling, and pain after the procedure. A cold compress should be applied to reduce the discomfort. After laser hair removal, you should avoid exposure to sunlight and tanning beds and use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day.
You should avoid tanning and sunless skin creams before laser hair removal. If you are darker, your physician may prescribe skin bleaching creams. You should also avoid waxing and electrolysis for at least six weeks before your treatment. Additionally, you should avoid tanning and other medications that thin your blood. Laser hair removal is not for everyone. But if you’re looking for a quick, easy, and painless solution to unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be for you.
Despite the many benefits of laser hair removal, it’s important to find a qualified professional. It’s important to choose a practitioner who is experienced, suitably qualified, and registered. Registered practitioners meet strict standards for skill, training, and insurance. Depending on your skin’s condition, you’ll need a series of treatments. Even after a few sessions, you can expect some hair growth. The frequency will vary from one person to another. You should also be aware that laser hair removal isn’t a one-time treatment.
Although laser hair removal is a relatively new treatment, it’s not as new as electrolysis. Electrolysis has been used for more than 135 years and is highly effective in removing 100% of hair from an area. It’s safe for all hair types and colors, but it’s a labor-intensive process and is slow. Some people might even have more hair growth after electrolysis. The same goes for areas where genetic predisposition or hormone-induced growth is a problem.
In 1998, the FDA’s definition of permanent hair removal was adopted, but this does not mean that the entire area can be untouched by laser hair removal. In fact, patients may need periodic re-treatments to ensure that the treatment continues to be effective. And even if you’re satisfied with the results, remember that laser hair removal does not remove the entire hair follicle, but it will reduce the thickness and amount.
Laser hair removal involves the use of selective photothermolysis, a process that uses the same principle as electrolysis to destroy the cells in the body. Different substances absorb the wavelength of a laser more intensely than others. Because the hair is darker than the surrounding skin, a laser treatment on dark skin will be less effective. For darker skin, a lower energy pulse and laser setting will be used. A lower energy pulse will also require more sessions for optimal results.
In general, you should have 4-6 treatments to achieve desired results. Laser treatments usually take between three and seven sessions. Depending on the area and the hair density, each session can take up to an hour or more. For best results, laser hair removal should be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon. If you have a sensitive skin, it may be advisable to visit a plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in treating patients with sensitive skin.