The Top Three Questions You Need Answered About Laser Hair Removal
By: Ronda Oosting
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
The ideal candidate for laser hair removal is someone with a lighter complexion, darker hair and the dedication to follow through with all recommended treatment sessions. It is important to undergo the treatments when you do not have a tan or plan to be in the sun. Because the laser follows the colored pigment in the hair, it is best to have the greatest contrast possible between the light skin and dark hair. This means you should take a break from tanning beds as well as self-tanning lotions. If you are currently plucking or waxing the area you wish to have treated, we recommend you discontinue and only shave that area approximately 4-6 weeks before your first laser hair removal treatment. This allows the hair follicle to regrow from the root, allowing the laser to follow the complete hair shaft and destroy the entire hair and root. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for laser hair removal, we suggest scheduling a consultation with one of our experienced aestheticians who can conduct a spot test and go over all the details with you.
What Should I Expect During the Actual Treatment Process?
The length of your session may be a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the area being treated. The LightSheer Laser treats a 9 mm or a 3/8-inch area per second. Your treatment area will be shaved by our technician before treatment begins. The laser treatment itself can cause a tingling sensation. Many compare the sensation to that of a rubber band snapping your skin. People who have had electrolysis compare the discomfort caused by the laser as far less than that of electrolysis. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. But some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, so topical anesthesia is always available. Also, the LightSheer Laser has a special contact-cooling hand piece that protects and anesthetizes the surrounding skin each time the laser is placed against your skin. Immediately after treatment, the site may be slightly swollen, red in color and feel like a mild to moderate sunburn.
How Do I Make the Most of My Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
After laser hair removal, you may experience a slight “razor burned” feeling on the treated areas, which may last several hours. You may apply cool compresses and aloe gel to the area. For the next 2-5 days, you may develop a fine crust over the treated area, especially where many dark hairs were treated. Keep the area clean by gently washing with a mild soap or cleanser two times a day, and follow with a light application of ale gel. It is important to discontinue the use of any glycolic or Retin-A products for at least 4-5 days. Even though you will be avoiding direct contact with sunlight, it is imperative to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) of SPF 30 or greater. You may notice some singed hairs that are working up out of the follicle. This is the shedding process that takes place after the laser treatment and may last for a few weeks. It is very important to avoid plucking, instead simply shave the area until the dark hairs have been shed. As with any series of treatments, it is important to follow through and complete all recommended sessions to see optimal results.
Have More Questions?
If you have any questions at all, we are here to help! To discuss further details or set up your laser hair removal consultation, contact the Centre for Pure Skin at 616-454-1256. One of our experienced staff members will gladly assist you.