Tired of shaving, waxing and tweezing? If you constantly battle with the struggle of removing unwanted hair, Pure Luxe Medical can offer a long-term solution. Stop wasting time with ineffective hair removal treatments, and learn if laser hair removal is right for you.
Patients who are considering laser hair removal often ask the same questions: Is laser hair removal right for me? How does it work? Is it painful? Can I afford it? Check out our helpful guide for quick and informative answers regarding everything you need to know about laser hair removal.
For starters, what is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a common medical procedure that utilizes a pulsating beam of light (a laser) to remove unwanted hair from the face and body. The laser selectively targets actively growing hairs by penetrating individual hair follicles and inhibiting them from regular hair regeneration. Because dormant hair follicles lie beneath the skin’s surface, additional sessions are required to treat new hairs when they enter the growth phase.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
There’s a common misconception about laser hair removal and how it works. Yes, laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth and shows long-term effects on the regrowth of hair, but laser hair removal doesn’t actually stop hair from ever growing back. Laser hair removal reduces the frequency of hair growth and the thickness of hair. Many patients won’t see hair regrowth for years; however, there is no way to say with any certainty how long each patient will have before they experience hair regrowth.
How many laser hair removal treatments does it take to see results?
It normally takes patients multiple laser hair removal treatments to experience extended periods free of hair but we recommend around 6 treatments depending on the color and thickness of hair. Treatments should be performed every 4-6 weeks, as new hairs enter the active growth stage.
After the initial series of treatments, periodic maintenance treatments might be needed every 6 to 12 months for up keep.
How long does laser hair removal take?
Treatments can last anywhere from a couple minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the treatment area. Each laser pulse takes less than a second, small areas include the underarm, lip and chin which can take minutes to treat, areas such as the the arms, legs, chest and back may take 30 minutes or more.
Will laser hair removal work for me?
Generally speaking, laser hair removal can be performed on virtually any hair type or skin color. What determines someone’s ability to receive laser hair removal treatments is his or her hair color. The light emitted from the laser is attracted to the melanin–dark pigment– of the hair, which lives in the hair follicle. As such, laser hair removal works best on those with dark hair. Laser hair removal tends to lose its efficacy on those who have grey hair, fine blond hair, or women with hormonal problems such as polycystic ovaries disease.
What areas can laser hair removal treat?
Laser hair removal treatments are available to everyone and can be done anywhere on the face and body where unwanted hair is growing. The most commons areas are: armpits, bikini line, legs, face and forearms.
Are laser hair removal treatments painful?
While most patients find the pain level bearable, others require a topical anesthetic prior to the treatment. Few patients experience discomfort after treatments and most return to their normal day-to-day life as planned following the appointment. In rare instances, some people experience scabbing, swelling (typically when laser hair removal is performed on the face) or bruising.
What do I need to do to prepare for laser hair removal?
Your laser hair removal specialist should give you instructions before the procedure. Patients should refrain from tanning beforehand, which can cause blistering after the treatment. Self-tanners are also not recommended for use 1-2 weeks before. Plucking or bleaching should be stopped two weeks beforehand. Shaving is generally fine up to 2-3 days before treatment, but not any sooner. Also, be sure to tell your skin care provider about any medications or antibiotics you are taking.
If you have more questions or still aren’t sure of which of Pure Luxe Medical treatments are best for you, make an appointment or schedule a complimentary skin and beauty consultation with our trained and professional medical staff today. Let our knowledgeable, licensed and experienced team help you find the best solution for you.
Why choose Pure Luxe Medical?
Pure Luxe Medical is a modern luxury med spa offering the latest and most advanced techniques in anti-aging and skin care treatment. Founded on the practice and belief that aesthetic medicine is part of a normal and healthy lifestyle, our goal is to maintain your natural and youthful appearance so you can look and feel your best.