It can seem like an endless battle to remove hair from many different areas of the body, and shaving, waxing, or plucking doesn’t always get you the long-term results you want. Laser hair removal can gradually reduce hair growth through a series of easy, non-invasive treatments with only mild discomfort.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
This procedure uses highly-concentrated light to damage the hair follicles so that they are unable to keep growing hair. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, giving it a means to reach the follicle where it generates heat and damages it. Because of this process, it’s recommended that you avoid waxing the hair prior to treatment, as it will be ineffective if there’s no hair shaft in place.
Who is a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Not every patient will find the same results. Laser hair removal works only on actively growing hair and not every patient will find the same results. Some patients may experience hair reduction rather than true removal. Patients with white or grey hair may have difficulty seeing timely results because the treatment requires pigment to be effective— patients with dark hair and light skin often respond best to this treatment.
What happens during the procedure?
After the treatment area is prepared for the procedure, the laser handpiece is placed over the individual hairs and follicles. There is usually minimal discomfort involved, and many patients describe it like a rubber band ‘snap’ as the light energy is administered to the hair shaft. The length of time for the treatment can depend on how large the treatment area is and how dense the hair grows there.
What about the results?
Because of the nature of the hair growth cycle, it can take 3 or 4 treatment sessions spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart before you see significant results. This can also vary from patient to patient, depending on how much hair you wish to reduce. There is no downtime required after treatment, and some minor side effects might include redness or irritation. Because of the laser treatment, your skin will be sensitive to the sun after treatment, so you’ll need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen along with any instructed skincare products.
To learn more about your options with laser hair removal, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and begin your treatment plan.