The Lowdown On Laser Hair Removal – Discover What’s Involved

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Posted September 4, 2013 by Guest Author
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Laser hair removal will typically involve a number of treatments aimed at removing hair for the long-term. Many of us may be used to shaving, waxing, etc. but if you’re looking for results that will last then laser hair removal is the way forward. The treatment can be used on both body and facial hair and will involve heating hair follicles at their very base and then completely destroying this hair, thus preventing it from growing back. Laser hair removal will generally remove hair from a specific area for an extremely long time, although some treatments even provide permanent results.

 

Initial Consultation

Prior to having any treatments you will need to discuss the procedure, how well it is likely to work for you, your hair, and your type of skin, with a doctor. The doctor will typically explain about lightening or darkening your skin (depending on your current pigmentation) after the procedure and the benefits and risks involved. With that being said, it is advisable to let a tan fade prior to treatment.

 

The Procedure

Prior to any treatment being applied you will be checked to ensure that the area to be treated has no cosmetics, creams or lotions. Unfortunately, the presence of these chemicals can severely affect hair removal and may even cause an adverse reaction. Once this has been completed a gel will be applied to the area of your body (or face) that will be treated. The gel will basically keep your skin cool, as well as help the laser to work more effectively. You should be aware that some individuals will experience a certain amount of discomfort during the treatment, although this is minimal and will only last for a short period of time.

 

The laser will obviously produce a light and this will enter the hair and help to destroy it at its root. This will dramatically decrease hair growth in the treated area, if not stopping it altogether. You should also be aware that laser hair removal works far better on darker skin, as it automatically targets pigmentation. It must be said that due to this process of lasers targeting pigmentation, many darker skinned people have typically avoided this type of hair removal treatment. With that being said, with the advancements in technology, laser hair removal can now be performed safely on a vast array of hair colors and skin tones.

 

What Happens Afterwards?

You will usually be advised, after your first treatment, that a number of additional sessions will be required. This is basically because hairs on any given area of the body will usually grow as and when they feel like it and there is no way to determine exactly when hair will grow. Therefore, you should continue with laser hair removal treatments for a number of months and even up to a year in some cases. You will usually have to undergo anywhere from three to eight treatments to get the desired effect. However, this will usually depend on you, your hair and your skin. Unfortunately, no two people are alike, in terms of hair growth, and therefore you will need to continue treatments until you are sure the hairs have been removed.

 

Today’s post has been contributed by Jamie Stuart who is an accountant at Age Less, a clinic specializing in extensive skincare solutions. Her hobbies include dancing and gymnastics. For more information on her work, log on to http://www.agelessagewell.com/.