Have you ever wondered why laser hair removal could be one of the best investments you can make for yourself? Well, if you’re a fan of silky smooth, fresh feeling skin then laser hair removal might be for you– the hair removal technique that will actually get rid of your hair for good! Although initially it is more expensive than razors and at home wax strips but long term you will save yourself money and time with laser hair removal.
And before we get started, we can tell you that the pain really isn’t that bad, and it’s actually far less painful than waxing!
Here’s the ultimate DL on laser hair removal:
How does laser work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting a pigment called melanin that lives in the bulge region deep within the hair follicle. This heats up, which damages the follicle and either completely destroys it, which eliminates the hair growth or damages it enough to dramatically slow the growth of the hair in that follicle. It can take several treatments for best results.
Are there different types of laser that are more effective?
Yes but the gold standard is the diode laser. At Mara’s Med Spa our diode laser can treat all skin types and tones.
Can everyone have laser?
Because the laser is targeting pigment, it’s best used in those with darker hair. There are multiple types of lasers which for those with lighter hair on the treatment area (blonde, red, gray) the laser will be much less effective. Similar to the lack of pigment is that darker skin tones has more pigment (melanin) in the upper layers of the skin will also absorb some of the laser light and heat up, which is why it is important to find a salon with the right laser for your skin type.
If you are on photosensitive medications or antibiotics it is best to avoid laser treatments for 10 days after you finish your medication to prevent irritation or uncomfortability and burns since your skin will be more susceptible to light.
Typically how many laser sessions are needed?
Depending on the area being treated it can take anywhere from 6-10 treatments. Areas that have more coarse darker hair such as the lower legs, bikini and underarms will start to show the quickest, best results first.
Once treatment is complete, some of the hair will never grow back, but some hair may still need maintenance treatments every year or so. The hair that does regrow will likely be finer and grow slower than the original hair but may still need occasional treatment for complete clearance.
How often should you have laser?
On average, treatments are done at to 4-6 week intervals to match the slowed hair growth cycles. You can shave in between treatments as needed.
How should you prepare for laser?
The hair should be shaved day before or day of treatment. Otherwise, the entire hair will absorb the energy and heat up, which can burn the skin, as that singed hair hits the skin. It also means less energy will reach the base of the follicle, so the results will be less than optimal.
What should you avoid before and between laser sessions?
Avoid sun exposure as having a tan will increase your risk of burn and hyperpigmentation from the laser treatment. Waxing/tweezing/ plucking must be done 4 weeks before your treatment, these methods remove the hair and follicle, so there won’t be anything for the laser to target.