All You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

It is common to hear individuals raving about the results of their laser hair removal treatments.  Before you decide if this treatment is right for you, it is wise to take some time to learn more about it.

It All Starts with a Consultation

Before you can have laser hair removal treatments performed, you must go through a consultation. During this consultation, you will find out about your candidacy for the treatment and have all of your questions answered.

The consultation is also designed to help determine where you would like to have the treatments performed and to give you an idea of what the treatments will cost. Financing is sometimes an option, especially since treatments can cost several thousand dollars.

Laser Hair Removal and Your Skin Type

Some lasers are only effective for certain skin types. There needs to be a contrast between your hair color and skin color in order for the treatment to be effective. If you have a high contrast, like pale skin and dark hair, you are likely going to get quicker and better results because the treatments can be intensified.

Individuals with dark hair and dark skin can still get good results, but the treatment will have to be performed with lower intensity. Or the medical professional working with you will recommend a laser that best suits your skin type.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

The actual treatment sessions will not take long at all. You will need to fill out some paperwork, get set up for the treatment, have your skin cleaned, and then start the treatment process. Most treatment sessions last less than half an hour.

You may be concerned about experiencing pain during laser hair removal treatments. It is true that it does hurt. But most would agree that the pain is not that intense. It is similar to the sting that you feel when a rubber band is snapped against your skin.

As you return for more treatment sessions, the intensity of the laser will increase. This means that the zaps may surprise you. Cooling creams can be used to keep you comfortable. You may smell burning hair during your treatment session.

Taking Care Of Your Skin After Treatment

Immediately after your treatment, your skin will be cleaned. It’s likely that your skin will look irritated. However, after a about 12 hours have passed, the redness and general soreness will go away. Most individuals do not experience any type of scarring.

When You Will See Results

You may start to see results following your first treatment session. The hair will fall out and the regrowth will not be as heavy as it was before. You will need to stick with the treatment sessions for several months and stay out of the sun in order to get the best results.

Some never experience a regrowth of dark hair. However, others may shave occasionally to get rid of light hair.

If you are interested in learning about the benefits you could receive from laser hair removal, contact our team at Daniel Q. Richardson MD Plastic Surgery. We will be happy to schedule a consultation for you today.


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