Unwanted hair is unsightly, especially those hairs that are fuller and darker than normal. Shaving and waxing are temporary solutions only because the follicle itself remains intact. A more permanent solution is laser hair removal. A specially designed laser tool is used to destroy hair growth by superheating the follicle, which results in a total disabling of future hair growth. We recommend laser hair removal for anyone who desires a smoother skin surface without the problems of thick hair growth or ingrown hairs.
Preparing For Laser Hair Removal
The tool used for this procedure projects a concentrated light beam directly into the follicle. However, the settings on the instrument must be precise to avoid absorption of the light by the skin itself. Before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment, we at Advanced Anti-Aging and Weight Loss have a few recommendations:
- Avoid exposing the areas to be treated to direct sunlight for several weeks prior to the procedure. If the skin produces melanin, it darkens, and this makes the treatment less effective.
- Do not pluck hairs from the skin for at least a month before the treatment. Plucking can damage the tissue surrounding the follicles, and the heat from the laser beam can complicate tissue renewal. Plucking also removes the follicle, which begins to grow back almost immediately. Small, developing follicles are difficult to remove using a laser treatment.
What the Procedure Involves
Before the laser tool is used, your treatment provider will trim the hairs down to just a few millimeters in length. The laser instrument will be programmed to deliver a monochromatic light beam. The exact wavelength of light depends on the skin tone as well as the color of the hair, the size of the follicle, and the depth of the follicle below the skin surface.
The light is then directed at the follicle. The beam is pulsed in order to cauterize the follicle without overheating the surrounding tissue. After the treatment is complete, the patient will be given a cooling salve or a sheet-style ice pack. This reduces swelling and discomfort.
During the initial consultation with the patient, we outline the treatment procedure and give a few tips on how to treat the affected areas after the laser hair removal process is completed. We recommend a compress pad or moisturizer cream to keep swelling to a minimum. Most patients experience reddening of the treated areas, similar to a light sunburn. Drinking plenty of water is recommended. The treated areas should not be exposed to direct sunlight for at least a month, so we encourage our patients to use a sunblock. The treated follicles and the hairs they produce will fall out over the next month or so.
Are You A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
This treatment is perfectly safe, and aside from slight swelling and reddening of the skin, there are no distinct side effects. If you have ingrown hairs or are simply tired of plucking thick hairs, consider a more permanent solution to the problem. Our laser removal treatment is a proven method of getting rid of unwanted body hair. The procedure works for hair removal on the legs, belly, arms, and face. We also provide other forms of laser treatments if there is anything else you would like addressed. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.