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What To Know About Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is an effective option for removing unwanted body hair, whether it be on your face, neck, or bikini line. Today, laser hair removal is also more affordable and accessible than ever. If you're interested in laser hair removal, it's best for you to know what to expect beforehand, including the risks and benefits.

The Procedure

Your provider will apply ultrasound gel to the area and apply the laser to your skin. Many patients worry about whether, or not they will feel pain. The laser does not cause significant pain, but it does create a sensation similar to being snapped with a rubber band. Most patients find it manageable and your provider will apply a cool stream of air to the area to reduce discomfort. If your skin is particularly sensitive, discuss using a topical anesthetic. Depending on how large the area is, your session can take up to an hour.

The Results

Most people require anywhere from five-to-eight laser treatments, so expect to have multiple sessions. This is because hair follicles aren't active all at the same time. While some follicles are in the active phase, other follicles will be in the resting phase. Active phase hair follicles have pigment, and it's this pigment that the laser interacts with. This means the laser is unable to remove all of the hair at once. Your dermatologist will have you come back several weeks apart, usually every four weeks, but sometimes every eight weeks to ensure full coverage. Once your treatments are over, you can expect up to 90 percent hair removal. Keep in mind that the color of your hair influences the outcome. For example, darker hair has darker pigment and may require fewer treatments. To get the best result, your provider will choose the best laser device for your pigment. In addition, the location of the hair influences the result. Hormones that influences facial hair can mean that more treatments are required, while underarm hair is easy to remove and may require fewer sessions.

 Side Effects and Risks

Your provider will examine your skin and take a thorough medical history to reduce the risk of side effects. However, sometimes patients develop a scab or blister at treatment site, although uncommon. If this happens, let your dermatologist know and you will be informed of options such as ointment to help the area heal. On rare occasions, a scar may form, but your provider will assess your risk for scarring before hand. Another rare, but possible side effect is changes in skin color. But again, your dermatologist will assess your risk by asking you for a detailed history of any pigment abnormalities. Keep in mind that darker skin is at more risk for scarring than light skin.

For more information contact a company like Ann's Electrolysis Center.