Laser hair removal is the process of hair removal by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. It had been performed experimentally for about twenty years before becoming commercially available in 1995 and 1996.
Laser Hair Removal
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What You should know / Frequently Ask Questions
The majority of people who use it find that laser hair removal is safe and well-tolerated. There do not appear to be any long-term health risks associated with the procedure. However, some people may experience minor side effects after laser hair removal.
While laser hair removal doesn’t get rid of hair forever (only electrolysis is FDA-approved for permanent hair removal), it does drastically reduce hair growth—to the point that you can stop shaving altogether. It also gets progressively less painful as treatments continue and the hair becomes finer.
Laser hair removal certainly doesn’t hurt as much as waxing! And it’s way faster than waxing too. During the first few treatments, you’ll likely experience a stinging sensation with each laser pulse.
You may also feel more pain in sensitive areas such as the underarms or bikini region.
The pulses of light energy used in laser hair removal treatments are only designed to heat and destroy hair follicles.
As of now, no research has showed the light energy from hair removal lasers can cause cancer. But there are some risks involved like redness, scarring and discoloration in the treated area.
Rarely, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture.
Other rare side effects include graying of treated hair or excessive hair growth around treated areas, particularly on darker skin.
Any tanning of the skin can result in pigmentation in the areas your laser. If you are prone to nervousness, you should avoid caffeine for 24 hours before your session. On the day before your treatment, you should shave with a clean, new razor.
By shaving, the lasers will be able to locate the follicles.
Wait a few days to shave after a laser hair removal treatment. Your skin may be a little sensitive right after the treatment, so it’s best to wait to avoid irritation. Wait 4-5 days to exfoliate after treatment.
That way there’s less risk of irritating skin in the treated area when you shave.
It’s not like a massage or a relaxing spa treatment. You won’t feel pampered while the laser is snuffing out your unwanted hair. The discomfort or pain that many people feel during a laser hair removal treatment is from the heat of the laser.
Even then, some hair may eventually grow back. While “permanent” laser hair removal is a misnomer, after six to eight treatments, you can expect a marked reduction in hair. Any regrowth can be managed with touch-up treatments every six to 12 months.
In many patients the skin is slightly pink for 1-2 days; in others (generally, fairer patients) there is no pinkness after laser hair removal. Hairs begin to fall out in 5-14 days and may continue to do so for weeks.
For instance, your back or legs may take an hour or two while the upper lip may only take minutes. You will notice results after your first laser treatment, but you’re not done. It takes four to six sessions spaced four weeks apart to see 70 to 80 percent reduction in hair growth.
If you can’t resist waxing, allow hair to grow in for at least one week before a laser appointment. And although it takes several months for full laser hair removal, you can also shave in between visits.