Shaving, plucking or using hair removal cream for your underarms are all time-consuming. More importantly, these methods can’t keep your skin soft and smooth. If you’re willing to invest, you can have a more long-lasting option - laser treatment for permanent hair removal. This technology uses high-intensity beam to destroy the hair follicles in the targeted area so the hair is unable to grow back.
We’ve had an interesting conversation with Dr./Expert aesthetician [Name of THEA’s expert] to get more useful information on laser treatment for permanent hair removal.
Laser treatment for permanent hair removal isn’t as complicated as other procedures
Any procedure with “laser” in its name tends to provoke uneasy feelings; however, it’s actually quite simple. The energy from laser beams will target your hair follicles directly to get rid of them. When the follicles are functionally “inactivated”, there’s nowhere for hair to grow and thrive.
There are 3 common types of laser treatment
According to [Name of THEA’s expert], the 3 common laser treatments are:
- Diode laser: This type works well for dark or light complexion correction.
- Alexandrite laser: This is the strongest, most fast-acting laser treatment used to treat uneven skin tone in large skin areas of the body.
- YAG laser: This type is safe for all skin types, even tanned skin. However, it’s less effective when used on hair and skin compared to other types of laser treatment.
Laser treatment for permanent hair removal works best for 3 areas on the body
Although you can get laser treatment for permanent hair removal for any body parts, it works best for the underarm, chin, and bikini areas.
Besides, body parts with thick hair and dark skin are also good candidates for laser permanent hair removal because naturally, laser beams are attracted to the pigments or dark colors from the hair follicles.
You should stop using your medications before getting laser treatment for permanent hair removal
According to THEA’s expert aesthetician, laser hair removal doesn’t go well with certain medications. Therefore, any drugs with light-sensitive ingredients should be put on hold at least 1 week prior to laser treatment.
In addition, he/she… also warned us that most antibiotics increase your sensitivity to light. As a result, if you are dealing with an infection, focus on completing your antibiotic course before getting laser treatment for permanent hair removal.
Other than that, skincare products containing retinoids or alpha hydroxy acid may also cause skin damage with high-intensity light beams such as laser. If you’re not sure whether your medications or skincare products may have a negative effect on laser hair removal, consult with your doctor.
You’ll notice the result after 6-8 sessions
As every individual is different, the number of sessions needed may vary. Besides, the hair on each body part grows at a different speed. Thus, the length of treatment time greatly depends on the targeted area. However, most clients need around 6-8 treatment sessions to remove all of their hair.
You need the whole treatment course
Dr./Expert aesthetician [Name of THEA’s expert] believes that one of the biggest mistakes people make is not finishing the number of sessions required. As soon as they see their hair falling off and growing back more slowly, they start skipping the next sessions. Since the required number of sessions hasn’t been achieved, the hair follicles aren’t fully destroyed and you won’t get the optimal results.
Laser treatment for permanent hair removal isn’t painful
The targeted area will be numbed prior to treatment, so you won’t feel any pain. It’s also covered with a plastic layer before the laser beams are activated. Therefore, most people who have used this hair removal method say that the procedure feels like some gentle touching all the way until it’s over.
Don’t worry if you have your period when it’s time for the next session
While you have to stop waxing the bikini area when it’s that time of the month, it’s totally fine to go on with laser hair removal. The important thing is to follow through with your choice. THEA’s expert advises clients who are on their period to use tampons instead of pads.
Use a sunscreen after permanent hair removal
After each session, you must limit your exposure to the sun. If you need to go out, always remember to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Since the targeted area has a certain level of skin irritation, if you expose your skin to sunlight for long periods of time without protective measures, you’re prone to irritation or burning.
Complications may occur
Although laser treatment for permanent hair removal is considered the safest method to date, in some cases, it may cause burning and blisters. In other cases, the hair may still grow back after treatment. If that happens, you’ll need to get laser treatment every year to keep your hair at bay.