If you’re tired of shaving, waxing, and other forms of hair removal, it may be time to consider laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed today, primarily for its long-term advantages. Both men and women can benefit from laser treatments.
When you’re ready to eliminate your body hair for the long haul, schedule an appointment at Simply Radiant today.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a treatment to remove unwanted hair. It’s a safe, non-invasive procedure.
Patients often get laser treatment in several areas. Laser hair removal for faces usually includes eliminating hair around the mouth, chin, and sideburns. Laser hair removal for body hair targets unwanted hair on the arms, underarms, legs, back, abdomen, and bikini area.
With a few treatments, patients can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses selective photothermolysis. During this process, heat from the laser targets and destroys pigmented cells, like those found in dark hair. The hair transfers the heat emitted through the laser all the way to the follicle and destroys it. The hair is no longer able to grow.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
The most obvious benefit of laser hair removal is the ability to enjoy your face and body free of hair. Additional advantages of laser treatment include:
- A safe, efficient procedure
- No more shaving and waxing
- Quick treatments
- Multiple treatment areas
Patients are typically amazed at the benefits of laser hair removal and happy about their decision to get laser treatments.
Preparing for Your Laser Treatment
Laser hair removal requires some preparation to ensure that your hair is ready to go on the day of your appointment.
In the six weeks or so before your visit, avoid waxing or plucking hair, as these temporarily remove the roots of the hair. Without a hair follicle, laser treatments are not effective.
Avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun, as sun exposure can affect the skin. This also includes tanning beds and self-tanners.
Finally, you’ll want to shave the area 24-48 hours before your appointment. While hair is not visible after shaving, the laser can still target the pigment at the root.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
Before beginning your laser treatment, we will apply a topical anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. You can relax while the anesthetic takes effect and we prepare the laser. For maximum efficiency, we adjust the laser specifically for you, depending on the location, color, and thickness of your hair and your skin color.
We’ll also provide protective eye gear and apply a cooling gel on the treatment area before starting.
You can sit back and relax while we perform the laser treatment. Treatment time depends on how many areas you want to treat, but usually takes less than an hour.
After Your Treatment
There’s no downtime after laser hair removal treatments. You can resume your regular activities right after your visit. Many patients prefer having laser treatments during lunch so they can return to work right after.
We only ask that you avoid sunlight and follow our aftercare instructions for the best results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal
There is much curiosity surrounding laser hair removal, and therefore, many questions. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding laser treatments for hair removal. If you have additional concerns, we’re happy to discuss them during your visit.
How Many Laser Treatments Do I Need?
Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments. This is because the laser can only treat active, not dormant, hair follicles. Because the laser will not get every follicle during one treatment, patients need several treatments to get the results they desire.
The exact number of treatments you’ll need depends on several factors, including the area, hair thickness, and number of areas you want to treat. Patients usually require three to eight treatments to experience maximum results.
When Will I See Results After My Laser Treatment?
You will likely begin to see results after your first treatment. After the initial visit, patients frequently see a 10-25% reduction in hair.
After each treatment, you’ll progressively notice less hair. Once you’ve completed the recommended number of treatments, you should notice your hair growth stopping altogether.
Are Results Permanent?
Patients generally see the results of laser hair removal for many years. If some hair regrows, it’s not as noticeable.
Depending on the patient and their hair, we may suggest follow-up treatments to maintain results.
How Do I Know If Laser Hair Removal Is Right for Me?
Laser hair removal is right for many patients. Patients with healthy skin who want to stop shaving and waxing regularly can enjoy the benefits of laser treatments.
Hair removal tends to work best for patients with lighter skin and darker, thicker hair, as this allows the laser to easily target and destroy hair follicles. However, there are special lasers to effectively remove hair for patients with darker skin.
It may be more challenging to perform laser hair removal for patients with blonde or white hair, as the laser can’t pick up on the pigment as easily.
We invite patients to visit us and discuss laser hair removal to determine whether this treatment may be right for them.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Laser Treatment Today
If you’re tired of struggling with unwanted hair and want to remove it for good, consider trying laser hair removal for women and men.
Contact Simply Radiant today to schedule an appointment. We proudly treat patients in Las Vegas, NV, and the surrounding area.