Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Posted on: February 25, 2021 In: Laser Hair Removal

It can be endlessly frustrating to deal with unwanted hair, razor bumps, ingrown hair, and annoying razor nicks. The excellent news is that laser hair removal can drastically reduce the time and effort you spend on removing hair. With the right package of treatments, you can enjoy reduced hair growth on virtually any area of the body. If you’re considering your options, then here’s what to know about it and how it can help.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a non-surgical procedure that targets multiple hairs accurately and at once. It doesn’t damage the skin and is perfectly tolerable by many patients, but we can supply a topical anesthetic to sensitive areas, if needed. It can be performed on virtually any area of the body where you have unwanted hair, making it an extremely customizable option.

Laser hair removal makes use of highly concentrated light energy that targets individual hair follicles with precision. The best benefit of laser hair removal is that it offers long-lasting results with the right package of treatments. Most patients enjoy drastically reduced hair growth that makes removal at home far easier and quicker.

What to Do Before Laser Hair Removal

Shaving

Shaving the area before treatment allows the laser to reach the hair shaft without the chance of burns that comes with longer hairs. However, the roots need to stay intact for the procedure, which means that you should not wax or tweeze for at least two weeks before your treatment.

Remove Makeup

If you’re opting for treatment on your face, all makeup should come off before the treatment so your skin is clear and won’t be negatively affected by any products.

Select a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Always make use of a board-certified and qualified plastic surgeon. This means your plastic surgeon can create the right treatment plan and manage any side effects or complications. Additionally, this ensures you get the best results with the best in technology and expertise.

What to Expect with Laser Hair Removal

  • Each person has a different level of pain tolerance, so we can supply ice and possibly topical numbing cream. One benefit of choosing a board certified plastic surgeon is that you’ll have access to some of the latest technologies on the market to cut down on discomfort.
  • Your skin may be swollen, itchy, and red for a day or two. Your plastic surgeon will make sure you understand the right products to use after each treatment session to help soothe your skin and reduce discomfort.
  • Laser hair removal works differently for different areas of the body and different types of hair. For example, coarse hairs may take more treatment sessions to fully treat while finer hairs may see faster results.
  • You should avoid working out immediately after your laser hair removal treatment. Since hair follicles are likely to be swollen and inflamed, you should stay away from excessive sweating activities. Sweat can cause irritation and bacteria that can lead to skin rashes and infection.

Schedule a Consultation

Laser hair removal is an excellent way to achieve reduced hair growth and enjoy smooth, hair-free skin. To learn more, we invite you to meet with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Colony. We invite you to contact Michigan Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online form.