Get Rid Embarrassing Hair Forever With Laser Technology
Laser hair removal is currently the most risk-free option available for the permanent removal of unwanted hair. Previously women were the primary candidates for this type of cosmetic procedure. But men are also opting to have it done as well. With improvements in both treatment methods and instrument technology, laser hair removal is a safe, effective option for nearly anyone. Unwanted hair on the face, neck, lips, chin, abdomen, arms, shoulders, back and bikini area can be greatly reduced or eliminated with no more shaving or waxing needed.
There are very few limiting factors that could prevent you from having laser hair removal treatments. Of course individual skin types, speed of hair re-growth and healing response will vary and in turn individualize the success rate of each candidate. But generally everyone who undergoes laser hair removal can realistically expect a noticeable reduction in hair in the treated area. Areas with thinner skin such as the face and bikini area will have a quicker, better response to laser treatments than areas with thicker skin such as the back, arms and legs.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
The best candidates for laser hair removal are men and women who have thinner, elastic skin and darker hair. People who have thicker skin and lighter hair won't always have the optimum results, but will still benefit from treatment. A dermatologist usually should evaluate your skin and can give you a good idea of how you will respond to laser hair removal. Factors they will evaluate include your skin type, skin color and thickness, hair color and thickness, moles, scars and any other blemishes. Blemishes, scars, freckles and tattoos may become either lighter or darker after laser hair removal treatments, so that needs to be taken into consideration.
What To Expect
Preparation Before Treatment
Many dermatologists say that its all right to shave right before having a laser hair removal session, but keep in mind that any irritation to the skin could be increased by the treatment. One thing you are advised to avoid a few days before having a treatment is tanning. Also, refrain from applying any makeup, lotion, powder, perfume or other creams or cosmetics right before having a treatment.
Laser hair removal sessions start with the specialist applying a anesthetizing cream to the area that is to be treated. Then you will have to put on protective eyewear. The specialist will then use a laser over the area to remove the hair. Normally the laser will have an attachment that sprays a cool water mist or cooling gel as the treatment is in progress. The mist keeps the skin from overheating .
There shouldn't be any noticeable pain while you are having laser hair removal. All you should feel is what is usually described as a pin prick or a tingling sensation. If you start to feel pain, tell the specialist immediately and stop the session. A qualified specialist is one who is experienced enough to be able to safely operate the laser and not burn your skin. That's why it's important to make sure you go to a laser hair removal specialist or dermatologist who has the proper training and experience.
After a laser hair removal session your skin might be slightly red or even a little swollen, but not for any more than two or three days. Most people don't need any follow up pain treatment, but you can take over-the-counter pain medication or an ice pack on the area if needed. In rare cases your dermatologist can prescribe a medicated steroid cream to apply. You will need to avoid the sun or wear at lease SPF30 sunscreen for at least a week after a session.
If you have ever experienced herpes you need to inform your dermatologist as the laser hair removal treatments can trigger an outbreak and antibiotics should be taken before a session.
Results And Repeat Sessions
Laser hair removal treatments are usually scheduled once every four to six weeks. If you don't experience any skin problems after your initial session, you may be able to have them every three weeks. It usually takes anywhere from three to as many as a dozen laser hair removal treatments for permanent removal. Results and the number of treatments will depend on individual healing rates and hair re-growth time. Usually you will have from 10% to 25% less hair grow back with every treatment. When around 80% of the hair is removed, then the sessions are complete.
Talk to a reputable dermatologist if you are considering laser hair removal. Once you've found a qualified specialist with plenty of experience, laser hair removal treatments are an ideal method of permanent hair reduction and should eliminate the need to shave.