The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Hair Removal
Let’s face it, traditional hair removal methods can be time-consuming, ineffective, and sometimes painful. So it’s no wonder that laser hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the country, as it can give men and women permanently smooth skin without the hassles of shaving, waxing, or plucking. But there are a number of frequently asked questions concerning laser hair removal, so here, we answer the top 5 most common questions about the procedure.
1. Is It Safe for My Skin?
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective solution for permanent hair removal. It works by directing pulses of laser light to the desired area. The heat from that light disables the hair follicles, which causes the hair to shed and inhibits future growth (Mayo Clinic). Although you may notice a slight tingling or burning sensation, these side effects are typically mild and should diminish on their own. Additionally, laser hair removal is a minimally invasive procedure with little to no downtime associated with it, so you can expect to resume your normal daily activities immediately following your session.
2. How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Because laser hair removal works by targeting hair in its active growth stage, multiple sessions are necessary in order to treat all of the follicles in the target area. Not all hair follicles will be actively growing at any one given moment, so a series of 4 to 8 sessions can offer the most effective results (American Family Physician).
Keep in mind that it is important to avoid excessive sun exposure throughout the entirety of your laser hair treatment. Between sessions, you can use a sunless tanning lotion to achieve that summer glow without spending time in the sun. Just be sure to allow enough time for the self-tanner to fade prior to your next session.
3. Will It Work on My Skin Tone?
Thanks to advancements in laser technology, laser hair removal can now work on all skin tones, whereas it was previously only effective removing dark hair from fair skin. However, laser hair removal may not be effective on those with gray or very light blonde hair, so you may want to discuss your treatment options with a trained professional if this is a concern for you (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology).
4. How Long Until I See Results?
Most people notice significant results following each treatment session, although your final results won’t appear until you’ve completed all of your recommended sessions. Throughout the course of treatments, you will probably notice that the necessity to shave, wax, or pluck the treated area(s) will gradually diminish, until you no longer have to rely on these traditional hair removal methods.
Note that while most men and women enjoy permanent results, you may require a light touch-up down the road. Hair regrowth, if any, will be minimal.
5. Can Anyone Perform Laser Hair Removal?
Only those trained and certified to operate cosmetic laser treatment devices should perform laser hair removal. Even though the procedure is nonsurgical, a careful, skilled professional needs to perform this treatment to ensure your safety and best results. When seeking out the right medical spa, be wary of “too good to be true” prices and offers, because they likely are.
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford, we’re proud to offer excellent customer service by our trained and certified professionals in our state-of-the-art facilities. Licensed and certified providers have the training, skill and experience necessary to deliver high-quality results that never sacrifice your safety. For more information about laser hair removal, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (724) 933-1800 to take the next step toward obtaining permanently smoother, glowing skin.