Experience matters and should be a more important factor in your decision than costs or guarantees. If you see a laser hair removal center that boasts complete hair removal, you’re better off not doing it. If your state has laws governing the qualifications of a person who must perform laser hair removal, check and ensure your doctor complies with them.
It’s best to be sure that a competent professional will work with the laser.
Once you have determined that the color of your hair and skin makes you a suitable candidate for laser hair removal, avoid tanning before treatment sessions. A pigment can color the skin and interfere with the flow of laser energy to the hair follicles. They are mainly found in vitamin supplements and brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you have recently sunbathed, it may be wise to delay treatment.
Since lasers are involved, you will be given special glasses to wear during your laser hair removal session. It will reduce the risk of eye contact with the laser beam. The actual hair removal process is simple. The laser is pressed on the treated area of the skin, after which the doctor activates the laser for a fraction of a second. At this time, the laser energy penetrates the hair follicle and damages it. It usually means that the follicle will not be able to grow new hair in the future.
Laser hair removal is no different from any medical procedure as there is always a risk of side effects. Although they are minor, sometimes the result is that the treated area may have some discoloration or scarring. You may experience other skin discomforts such as redness, swelling, or burning. However, they are usually temporary.
However, laser hair removal has many benefits. It’s non-invasive and much easier than fiddling with razors, lotions, creams, or hair removers. In one procedure, you can remove hair of a rather large size, for example, on the legs or back. While some people find hair removal permanent, others experience new growth but are usually much lighter in color and have a finer texture.
There are also disadvantages, the most obvious of which is that laser hair removal is not for everyone. Treatment may be ineffective if you have blond hair combined with dark skin. In addition, laser treatment usually does not give a permanent effect. Hair growth occurs in stages, and laser treatment is most effective on actively growing hair. Therefore, a second or even a third treatment may be required to ensure that all hair follicles are treated.