Laser hair removal uses light energy to permanently damage or destroy hair follicles to prevent hair from growing back. Patients usually see about a 70% reduction on average and any hair that does grow back is usually more fine and less noticeable.
Laser hair removal varies widely in price depending on the area and number of treatments required; a minimum of 6 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart is typical, depending on your skin and hair type. A consultation with an aesthetician is required to determine the total price.
Laser hair removal is an effective hair removal solution if you’re tired of plucking, shaving or waxing unwanted hair. Laser hair removal specifically targets and removes hair without damaging your skin. Best for people with light skin and dark hair as the contrast makes it easier for the laser to target the pigmented hair follicle, but we do have the latest technology in laser hair removal that can safely and effectively treat darker skin; a patch test is recommended.
Laser hair removal is not recommended if you have herpes, a skin condition like eczema or if you’re pregnant. Laser hair removal is not recommended over a tattooed area as it could be damaged.
Depending on the size of the treatment area, each treatment can take up to an hour and treatments taking longer than 1 hour will need to be separated into 2 separate appointments. Your provider will determine which laser is best for your skin type and hair as well as your goals. Make sure to tell them about any medications you are taking or medical conditions you may have. A cold gel or cooling device will be applied to protect your skin and help the laser to penetrate and you will be asked to wear eye protection for the duration of the procedure. The laser treats one small area at a time and you may feel mild discomfort like a pinprick or snap.
After treatment you may be given ice packs and anti-inflammatory creams to ease swelling and soothe irritation. Your skin will look and feel like its sunburned for a couple days after treatment; it’s OK to use cool compresses or a gentle moisturizer; it is safe to wear makeup the next day. Avoid sun exposure and perfumes, deodorant or hot showers or saunas for the first few days. Make sure you shave to remove hair between sessions (no threading, waxing or tweezing).
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