Most people benefit from a series of 4-6 treatments, spaced at six to eight weeks apart. After the initial series of treatments, the hair in a given area is usually reduced in both amount and thickness for a long period of time. In order to keep an area completely devoid of hair, maintenance treatments are almost always required. Areas that can be treated include the upper lip, chin, cheeks, underarms, bikini, arms, legs and back.
Both men and women may seek laser hair removal services to have unwanted hair removed. Hair removal is commonly done on the hairline, eyebrow, top of nose, lip, chin, underarm, abdomen, buttocks, pubic area, bikini lines, thighs, face, neck, breast, arms, legs, hands, and toes. Laser on pale skin and dark coarse hair. The closer you are to this combination the better your results will generally be.
You shouldn’t expect the laser to remove every single hair from the area. Most people return for follow up treatments 1-2 times a year after the initial set of treatments for any new growth your body develops with age. Factors that determine the length of treatment include the particular area to be treated, the texture of hair, frequency of treatment, and history of temporary measures to remove hair; waxing, tweezing, shaping, and depilatories, etc. Laser hair removal can also partially treat an area if only a reduction in the number of hairs is desired. This can be achieved with having only a few treatments instead of the complete set.
You should shave the area that is to be treated before treatment. Avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for 4-6 weeks prior to procedure as hair needs to be in place to be targeted by the laser. The area should be shaved as closely as possible so that laser can target the most energy towards the hair follicle and not waste energy on the part of the hair above the skin’s surface. You should avoid sun to the area prior to and after treatment to prevent hyper pigmentation following the procedure.
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but generally laser hair removal is not much more painful than waxing, but the sensation is different. In one pulse, the laser can remove all the hair on a patch of skin the size of a nickel. The sensation of the laser resembles a rubber band snapping against the skin for a quick second with each pulse. Most people do not require an anesthetic cream but one may be used for very sensitive patients/areas. Using anesthetic cream is only safe on small areas (upper lip, bikini, or underarms) and in small quantities.
After treatment is completed your skin may feel irritated. The treated area will be pink and slightly swollen immediately following treatment. A mild topical steroid such as otc hydrocortisone can be used to soothe the skin for a few days. Within 2-3 weeks you should experience shedding of all treated hair. You should experience a hair free period for a few weeks, until the hair cycles into the growth phase. On average, this occurs in 6-8 weeks. When you have enough hair to justify another treatment, schedule an appointment.
Normal side effects include itching during treatment, redness or swelling for up to three days, pain, tingling, or feeling of numbness. There are a few rare side effects that can also occur such as crusting or scabbing, formation of ingrown hairs, bruising, hyper or hypo pigmentation, viral or bacterial infection. Side effects occur infrequently and are generally temporary. If any of the effects listed last more than three days, make sure to contact your technician or physician. There is possibility that the settings were set too high and they will need to know in order to adjust on your following treatment.
Prices range from $150 to $600 per treatment session depending on the location being treated.
The diode laser allows the physician or nurse practioner to treat patients faster and more comfortably than other methods. It has unparalleled treatment efficacy in hair removal, especially thinner, finer hairs other hair removal lasers simply cannot touch. Sapphire contact cooling protects the skin making the procedure as safe as possible. The diode laser is also capable of treating the broadest range of skin and hair types.
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