Are you tired of shaving your legs, bikini zone, underarms, or face? Are you suffering from frequent razor burn and the cost of purchasing multiple razors and blades? If you’d like a long-term solution to dealing with bothersome, unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be the procedure you’re looking for.
Laser hair removal works by employing a concentrated beam of light and aiming it at unwanted hair follicles, which then absorb the light and are damaged to the point of preventing future hair growth.
What Does the Procedure Feel Like?
We’re commonly asked by our patients whether laser hair removal will hurt. The answer depends on the patient’s pain tolerance. Many patients have described the lasers used in laser hair removal to feel somewhere between a light pinch and a hot, snapped rubber band.
1. At your initial treatment the hair should be visible on the surface of the skin.
2. As the laser is directed onto the hair, heat energy is drawn into the melanin, which in turn heats the rest of the hair shaft.
3. The heat either weakens or completely destroys the hair follicle. As a result the follicle detaches from the hair shaft.
4. The hair sheds and, without the follicle, hair cannot regrow in the area.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?
Since the laser used in this procedure is extremely accurate at targeting only the unwanted follicles, the skin surrounding the treated area remains undamaged, meaning that the only damage done is to the treated hair follicle. Because the procedure is gentle, bikini laser hair removal is much easier on the patient than traditional hair removal techniques.
Risks associated with laser hair removal are often minor, including slight temporary scarring, redness, and swelling. More rare side effects include blisters and permanent scars or changes to skin color. Tanning—by sunlight, tanning lights, or self-tanner in a bottle—should be avoided for six weeks before and after your treatment in order to prevent your darkened skin from absorbing the damaging laser intended for your hair follicle, as darkened skin will absorb light before it reaches the follicle.
Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Not only does laser hair removal work, but the results often last for months to years at a time, with an average of three to seven sessions resulting in permanent hair loss to the area depending on the patient. However, laser hair removal works best on dark hair or hair with dark roots, so patients with blonde, red, or white hair should not seek out laser hair removal. Also, different lasers are required for patients of different skin tones.
Dr. Wright and his amazing team of medical professionals can help answer your questions regarding laser hair removal in St. Louis and other procedures you might be interested in when you contact the office of Laser Lipo and Veins and set up your appointment today. Call today for more info about bikini laser hair removal and other cosmetic procedures to help you look your best!