If you are unhappy with waxing, shaving, or tweezing to remove unwanted hair, you are not alone. This may be the reason why laser hair reduction has become one of the most popular procedures performed in the United States. It involves the transmission of concentrated light into hair follicles to destroy them and prevent them from growing hair.
Laser Hair Reduction Benefits
Cosmetic lasers can be used to remove unwanted hair from the face, arms, underarms, legs, and bikini line. The benefits of the procedure include its amazing precision, allowing us to precisely target only dark, coarse hair and leave nearby skin intact.
Another key benefit of laser hair reduction is its incredible speed. Each laser pulse will take only a tiny fraction of a second to transmit, treating many hairs simultaneously. An area the size of a quarter can be treated every second.
The primary benefit of the procedure is its convenience. Only a few treatments are all that is needed to help you permanently avoid shaving, waxing, or plucking in the treatment area. Think of all the time that you will save in the years to come after your treatment!
Preparing for Your Treatment
If you have scheduled a laser hair reduction procedure, do not pluck, wax, or use electrolysis in the treatment area for six weeks before your procedure. The lasers will be targeting the roots of your hairs that are temporarily removed by these methods. Avoid prolonged sun exposure for six weeks before and after your laser hair reduction procedure. Sun exposure limits the effectiveness of the treatment and could interfere with your recovery.
What to Expect
Immediately prior to your treatment, hair in the treatment zone will be trimmed down to just above the surface of your skin. We will adjust the laser equipment according to the thickness, color, and location of hair in the treatment zone. We may deliver a test pulse of the laser before beginning. Next, we will transmit concentrated light energy into hair follicles, destroying them and their ability to produce unwanted hair.
You may need as many as seven laser hair reduction treatment sessions to permanently remove unwanted hair in the treatment area. This is because individual hair follicles have staggered growth phases. When a hair follicle is in its dormant phase, it will have shed its hair. The laser requires the presence of a hair for proper targeting. Eventually, all hair follicles in the treatment area will have gone through their growth phase, allowing them to be treated.
If you are tired of constantly needing to remove hair in places like your face, arms, underarms, bikini area, or legs, please reach out to make an appointment with Anazao MD. At our convenient location in Steamboat Springs, CO, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have about laser hair reduction. Contact us today to set up your consultation!