Chicago Laser Hair Removal

There are several options available if you're considering having Chicago laser hair removal performed.  Some older treatments are less effective than the newer ones, so it's important to be as informed as possible and research both the methods available and the specialists who can perform laser hair removal.  Both men and women are using laser hair removal more often, and advances in treatment technology make it easier to reduce hair regrowth in fewer sessions.

Visit To a Dermatologist

A visit to a dermatologist is advised before undergoing any type of laser hair removal.  There are factors that should be evaluated, including your hair color and thickness, skin type, whether or not you have tattoos or moles and whether you tan.  Since laser hair removal works best with dark, thick hair, that will be evaluated.  Light colored hair doesn't respond as well to the treatments.  Areas that can and often are treated with laser hair removal include the face, lip, chin, neck, chest, under arms, legs, abdomen, bikini area, shoulders and back. 

Laser Hair Removal Treatments

You can expect to have from three to eight laser hair removal treatments for permanent reduction.  It may take up to twelve, depending on the type of hair, location and amount.  Treatments can be made every four to six weeks.  You may respond well though and can have a treatment every three weeks until the desired results are achieved.  The hair in the treated area will grow in about 10% to 25% less with each treatment.  Usually treatment stops when about 80% hair reduction is made.

The number of laser hair removal treatments you will have to have will also depend on the thickness of the skin and how quickly the hair regrows.   Thick skin, such as on the back, responds slower to treatment.  Thin or tender skin such as in the bikini area may respond faster.

Before Laser Hair Removal

Before you go in for your laser hair removal treatment, you will be advised to not tan for a few days prior to the session.  You also shouldn't shave or pluck hairs in the area for a day or two before the treatment.  Don't wear any creams, lotions, cosmetics or perfumes on the area the day of the treatment. 

Anesthetize The Area

The laser hair removal specialist will apply a cream or gel that will anesthetize the area.  Also, the lasers usually have a feature that sprays a fine mist of wither cool water or gel to keep the skin from overheated and burning.  This will also help to reduce the potential side effect of either having your skin appear lighter or darker after a laser treatment.  Eye protection will also have to be worn as the laser is being used.

Reactions During Laser Hair Removal

Patients can expect to feel a slight tingle or pin prick as the laser is being used.  While not exactly painful, it may cause some discomfort.  There could also be a small amount of initial swelling or red reaction to the treated area, but this should disappear in no longer than three days.  Freckles and tattoos could also be lightened or darkened during laser hair removal treatments. 

Specialist/Dermatologist Advice

The laser hair removal specialist or dermatologist may advise patients to take general pain relief medication, use ice on the area, or can prescribe a steroid cream if needed. If you have experienced herpes outbreaks before you may need to have an antibiotic medication prescribed and take it for several days before your treatment to prevent an outbreak caused by the laser.  You will also need to stay out of the sun for a few days or wear sun screen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Laser Hair Removal and Safety

Laser hair removal is the safest permanent hair reduction procedure available at this time.  The risks are limited and the results can be seen after only a few treatments.  The best results are achieved by going to a dermatologist and being evaluated first and then finding a laser hair removal specialist who is experienced and knows what he or she is doing.  An experienced specialist can have better results in fewer sessions, so don't be afraid to talk to him or her if you don't think you are getting the treatment you need or are experiencing more than mild discomfort.  And certainly don't be afraid to find another laser hair removal specialist if you aren't satisfied with the first couple of sessions.