It's spring, and even though there is snow on the ground in some parts of the East coast, it's the perfect time to start thinking about getting laser hair removal in preparation for bathing suit weather. Laser hair removal is an excellent alternative to waxing, tweezing, and shaving because it is semi-permanent. There are a handful of questions that are commonly asked about laser hair removal, so we've gathered them here:
Does The Procedure Hurt?
It has the same discomfort as waxing for most people, though it is a different kind of sensation. Some clients describe it as a rubber band snapping feeling that only lasts for the duration of the laser pulse. Most people do not require any sort of anesthesia for laser hair removal.
How Many Sessions Does it Take?
Most people will require six to eight sessions spaced several weeks apart in order to affect all the hair follicles in the area, due to the length and frequency of hair growth cycles. You may also need a touch-up session to get any hairs that were missed during the initial treatment.
How Does it Work?
The treatment works by using a light pulse to target the and disable hair follicles. The light emits waves that are absorbed by the pigment in the hair.
Who Can Get Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is great for both men and women, and can be done on almost any part of the body. The most popular areas are the legs, underarms, arms, chest, lip, chin, chest, and back. It works best on clients with pale skin and dark hair. The darker the skin and lighter the hair, the less effective the treatment might be.
Is it Really Permanent?
The hair that is treated is permanently disabled; however, it is next to impossible to remove all the tiny, fine hairs in an area, along with the coarse, noticeable hairs. If you want to get rid of any and all hair in an area, you will need to follow up the laser treatment with an electrolysis treatment. But most clients are satisfied with the laser hair removal results and the hair that is treated will not return.
It is also important to have a licensed and trained esthetician perform your treatment. An untrained esthetician may miss more hairs, keep the laser on the wrong settings, or even perform hair removal on clients whose hair is too light, which is fruitless.