Laser hair removal is a great option for those who want to remove body hair in areas like the arms, face, bikini area, legs, or back. This treatment involves the use of a laser to permanently damage hair follicles, which may prevent hair from growing back.
In some cases, the laser completely eliminates hair. If it does manage to reappear, it is typically much thinner and less noticeable.
Depending on how much hair you have and where it is on your body, you may need to schedule multiple treatments to see the best results. After several sessions, most patients find that their hair is significantly reduced and are very happy with their overall results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
People who have lighter skin and dark hair make the best candidates for laser hair removal procedures. This is because the laser is often better able to better target the darker hair follicle against light skin.
Those with medium skin tones may also benefit from laser hair removal, but a full consultation before undergoing the procedure can help determine whether you are a good candidate.
What Is the Best Way to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?
Before your laser hair removal treatment, you’ll want to refrain from waxing, tweezing, or plucking hairs in the region for at least two weeks before the procedure. However, you may continue to shave.
The team at A Younger You Medical Spa finds that hair that is in the anagen phase of growth — which means that it is actively growing in the area — is more effectively targeted during laser hair removal.
Within 24 hours of the appointment, you’ll need to shave the area that is being treated with a new razor. Try to avoid having any stubble in the region, as stubble can result in less effective treatment. This treatment is also best handled during the fall and winter months or by those who limit their exposure to the sun during the spring and summer.
What Should I Expect During a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
You’ll meet with one of our trained staff members for a full consultation before a laser hair removal session. We’ll discuss your medical history and ask you about any medications that you are currently taking. We’ll also examine the area to ensure that it is appropriate for laser hair removal treatment.
In some cases, we can perform the laser hair removal procedure directly after your consultation, especially if you have already followed the preparation process. The procedure begins by setting up the laser to adjust to the color of your skin and your hair thickness.
We’ll provide you with eye protection to safeguard your eyes from any damage from the laser. After covering the area with a cooling gel, we’ll test a small area of the skin to ensure there are no reactions prior to beginning the full procedure.
During the laser hair removal procedure, pulses of light are emitted from the laser in an effort to damage the hair follicles. This is a slow process, as each hair follicle must be zapped by the laser.
Depending on the size of the area being treated, the session may take up to an hour. Following treatment, we’ll provide you with aftercare instructions for the area. You should make sure to follow these instructions for the best results.
In most cases, you’ll need multiple sessions with the laser before achieving the full results that you are looking for. We space these out according to your hair regrowth pattern and the size of the area. Usually, sessions are about four weeks apart. You can expect to need two to six sessions before obtaining optimal results.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
There are a number of advantages for people seeking to undergo the laser hair removal process.
Prevention of Ingrown Hair
The prevention of ingrown hair is a major benefit of laser hair removal. Other methods such as waxing, shaving, or hair removal creams commonly result in ingrown hairs. These can lead to a bumpy appearance on the skin.
However, laser hair removal provides smooth and sleek results without bumpiness or telltale signs that hair has been removed in the area.
Laser hair removal is very precise. Since the laser targets each individual follicle, you’re not left with missed areas of patchy hair. After repeated sessions, you’ll notice that the area experiences regrowth less and less. It’s a very efficient process with great results.
Once a hair follicle has been destroyed, the results are permanent. This provides you with longer-lasting results that other procedures simply can’t match. While results will vary depending on the area treated and the type of hair you have, you can expect a significant reduction of hair in the area through laser hair removal.
Keep in mind that following your suggested treatment program will give you the best chance for success.
Reduction of Body Odor
Laser hair removal can reduce body odor in some areas, such as the underarms and bikini area. Body odor usually clings to hair follicles. Even actions such as shaving the area and regular washing can’t provide you with the reduction of odor that laser hair removal can.
Are You Considering Laser Hair Removal?
A Younger You Medical Spa has offices in Brookfield and Burlington, Wisconsin. Our team serves the greater surrounding area, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, and New Berlin. We offer laser hair removal solutions designed to provide you with the best results. To get started, schedule a consultation today!