Everyone wants smooth, hair-free skin for summer, and it’s never too early to start planning! Laser hair removal is a popular, noninvasive treatment option for men and women who wish to eliminate unwanted body hair for the long-term. This treatment uses concentrated laser light energy to selectively target hair follicles, preventing regrowth. Read on for five things you should know when considering this treatment option.
It Takes Multiple Treatments
Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments because your hair follicles have different growth cycles. Most patients require 4-6 sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart to see optimal results. You can often start to see a reduction in hair growth after 2-3 treatments.
Works Best with Darker Hair
Lasers target pigment in the hair follicles, so white or blonde hair may not respond very well to hair removal treatments. That is why patients with lighter skin tones and darker hair can often see the best results.
Side Effects are Mild
As with any laser treatment, possible side effects include mild swelling, redness, or temporary skin irritation. Ice packs or cool compresses can help with these side effects, which will dissipate with time.
Don’t Wax Before your Appointment
Prior to your laser hair removal appointment, you will be instructed to shave, but make sure that you do not wax or pluck because the hair follicles will be harder to target.
Stay Out of the Sun
While protecting your skin from the sun is always important, it is especially important to avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning beds after your laser hair removal treatments. Also, be sure to wear sunscreen when outdoors!
Patients in the East Lansing area who are interested in learning more about laser hair removal at Michigan Plastic Surgery can contact our office today to schedule a consultation.