Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States, and for good reason. Noninvasive, safe, and effective, it uses special light beams to help put an end to shaving, waxing, or plucking away hair that bothers you.
At Medical Aesthetics & Laser in The Woodlands, Texas, our team of aesthetic professionals are pleased to offer laser hair removal to help you do away with unwanted hair before you hit the beach. Here’s how it works and when you should schedule your treatments.
Laser hair removal targets highly concentrated light energy into your hair follicles in the treatment area. Once absorbed, that light destroys the hair. Each pulse from the laser can target many hairs at once, treating an area of your skin (about the size of a thumb) in one second.
Laser hair removal works on many body areas. Some of the most popular include your:
Just before your treatment starts, you should trim existing hair to a few millimeters above your skin. Once the laser device has been set to your hair color, location, and thickness, your provider moves the laser over your skin. During the process, you might notice a warm or pinprick-like sensation, followed by coolness.
Laser hair removal results are semi-permanent, meaning your treatments offer long-lasting results that may need refreshers down the line.
Chances are, you’ll need 6 treatments to reach your desired look and to clear all of the hairs in the target area because they grow in different cycles. The interval between sessions depends on factors like the location and thickness of the hair. Small areas can often be repeated about a month apart.
If you want smoother, hairless skin in time for summer, aim to have your first laser hair removal session at least six months beforehand. Starting during winter months makes good sense for many people. Even if you start closer to summer, you can enjoy the perks before summer’s end. Some people notice significantly less hair after just one or two sessions.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to avoid direct sunlight for two weeks before and after your laser hair removal treatment. If you do go out in your shorts or skivvies then, make sure you apply a full spectrum SPF30 sunscreen in advance.
To learn more about laser hair removal or other laser treatments we offer, call Medical Aesthetics & Laser at 281-419-2220 or book an appointment through our website today.