All About Laser Hair Removal

Smooth, hair-free skin isn’t always easy to maintain. Sure, you can shave, pluck, or wax the unwanted hair, but it always grows back faster than we’d like it to. Plus, you can get painful, unsightly nicks or ingrown hairs while you’re at it.

We haven’t even talked about the costs. Imagine all the razors, depilatory creams, and wax you have to purchase every now and then.

Fortunately, there’s a faster, more permanent, and less painful solution: laser hair removal.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal (sometimes called laser hair reduction treatment) is a non-invasive procedure that can be performed on multiple areas of the body including the face, arms, legs, chest, underarms, and bikini area. 

The laser works by targeting melanin in the hair follicle, inflicting heat damage onto the hair cell without harming the skin. Each laser hair removal treatment reduces not just the quantity of hair but also the size of hair follicles in the target area until the desired results are achieved. 

Most skin types can be treated with laser hair removal, but some procedures are especially effective for patients with fair to medium skin tones.

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What are the benefits?

Permanently hair-free skin presents a lot of advantages. Aside from the added confidence, it also helps you save time and money in the long run because you won’t have to pluck, shave, or wax often.

  • The most common benefits of laser hair removal are:
  • Long-lasting, sometimes permanent results
  • Quick and painless procedure
  • No downtime
  • Minimizes ingrown hairs and chicken skin

Laser hair removal also helps smooth your skin. Each session lasts from 10 to 45 minutes, depending on your skin and hair type and the area to be treated.

What results can you expect?

When it comes to removing unwanted body hair, laser hair removal gives you lasting results. You may need about 5-6 treatments to get rid of the body hair completely, but some people notice an improvement within one to two weeks after the first session. 

The number of treatments needed can also vary depending on the area treated. The same goes for the length of treatment time. 

Usually, the hair stops growing back for quite a while after you finish your treatments, though some people come back for a booster session about once a year. 

It still beats having to shave or wax every day or every week, though. Hence, more and more clients in Palo Alto are getting laser hair removal provided by experts like Dr. Hermann.

What should you do before and after treatment?

Once you schedule a laser hair removal session, you should stop waxing or plucking the area at least one month prior. It’s also best to keep the areas you plan to treat out of the sun.

Prior to the session, a topical anesthetic or a cooling gel can be applied for minimum pain (if any) and maximum comfort. Some patients liken the sensation to flicking rubber bands against the skin.

The skin on the treated area will look and feel like a mild sunburn for a few hours after the treatment. Within the next two weeks, you can expect the hair on the area to fall out gradually.

Who is the treatment for?

Laser hair treatment is for anyone who wants to permanently get rid of their unwanted body hair, but the ideal candidate is someone with light skin and dark hair. This is because the laser focuses on the pigment within the hair and the stronger contrast between the coloring makes the treatment safer and more effective.

However, there are some laser hair removal machines that can treat a wider variety of skin and hair types and tones more safely and more effectively. Patients as young as 14 can try the treatment, but most experts recommend waiting until the body starts changing once the patient goes through puberty.

For more information about laser hair removal, make an appointment with one of our highly- trained and experienced providers today.

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