If you work hard to maintain smooth skin by plucking, waxing and shaving, you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Keeping a smooth and hairless upper lip, bikini line or legs can get tiring and be very embarrassing if you get lazy and skip a few treatments. Laser hair removal reduces unwanted hair on your body, and after a few sessions, you may have smooth skin for months or even more than a year.
The latest technology makes laser hair removal suitable for almost everyone. The laser light heats the pigment in the hair follicle, destroying it so that it cannot regrow hair.
In order for the laser to work, there needs to be a follicle present. This is why you will be asked to stop plucking, waxing or having electrolysis for at least six weeks before treatment because these procedures remove the follicle. However, shaving does not affect the follicle, and you may actually be asked to shave the area to be treated a day or two before the treatment.
Hair grows in three cycles. It is important to note that laser hair removal works during the growing stage. This is the reason why you may need several treatments, to be sure to reach each hair as it enters the growing stage. Most people have from three to six treatments about six weeks apart.
The most common places treated with laser hair removal are:
• Face, including the chin, upper lip and eyebrows
• Underarms and arms
• Back and chest
• Hands and feet
The time it takes to complete one treatment will depend on the area being treated and your skin type. The laser can target just one follicle to be very precise when removing hair on the face. Lasers can also treat an area about the size of a quarter when removing the hair on a larger area.
The laser has a cooling system to help make the treatment comfortable. Many of our patients report feeling no discomfort at all during the procedure. You may also be asked to use sunblock and keep the treated area out of direct sunlight for several weeks after treatment.
Laser hair removal is by far the best way to remove unwanted, unsightly hair from almost any part of your body. You can stop the tiresome process of waxing, plucking and shaving and have smooth skin all year long. If a few hairs grow back, you can have a maintenance treatment. We encourage you to visit The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Medispa in Naperville to learn more about laser hair removal treatments. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.