• 3 Facts You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal

    on Apr 1st, 2019

Laser hair removal is extremely popular among both women and men. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than a million people have laser hair removal every year in the U.S. Laser hair removal is quick, and it can be used on pretty much any part of your body where you have unwanted hair. If you’ve been thinking about laser hair removal, here are three quick facts that can help you understand the treatment a little better.

1. It’s a lot more comfortable than you think

Using lasers to “zap” hair follicles — heating up hair follicles until they’re damaged — may sound painful, but the fact is, it’s surprisingly comfortable. You might have some minor discomfort as the laser energy is released, but most women and men describe the feeling as a snapping of a rubber band against their skin. And if your skin is really sensitive to any level of discomfort, we can apply a topical cream to numb the area first so you won’t feel anything during your treatment.

2. You’ll need more than one treatment

It’d be great if a single laser hair removal treatment could get rid of unwanted hair once and for all. But the fact is, to eliminate hair, you’re going to need multiple treatments — probably as many as six sessions spaced out over several months. That’s because your hair grows at different rates, and to be successful, the laser energy has to be absorbed by hair while it’s in its active growth phase, a period that typically lasts a few years.

Although the growth phase is long, not every hair is in a growth phase at the same time. Some hair is in a resting phase, which lasts a few weeks, or in a shedding phase, which can last just a few days. During these shorter stages of growth, the hair follicle is inactive, so zapping it with laser energy won’t really harm it. In order for laser hair removal to be successful, you need to have the follicles treated while the growth cells are active and “exposed,” making them vulnerable to laser heat. And that’s why you need to have multiple treatments, so you can have a better chance at treating every follicle when it’s in an active growth phase.

3. You need to get shaggy before you get smooth

Most people think they can continue with their hair removal routines right up until they have their laser hair treatment. But that’s not the case. You’re actually going to have to stop plucking, waxing, and shaving for a few weeks ahead of your laser hair removal treatment. This allows the hair to grow and avoids irritating the treatment area.

The reason why you need your hair to grow is because it’s the hair shaft that actually delivers laser heat to the follicle. The shaft needs to be a precise height or length for maximum results, so right before your treatment, your hair will be trimmed close to the skin surface. When the laser hits the hair shaft, the heat is absorbed and travels down the shaft to the root and the follicle. Without a hair shaft, the laser energy can’t be directed down to the follicle, which means the treatment won’t be effective in preventing future hair growth.

Schedule treatment now for sexy, smooth skin this summer

Why is laser hair removal so popular? Several reasons: It's reliable, it's safe, it's quick, and it works. As a top provider of laser hair removal treatments, Allen A Flood MD can tailor a program that's just right for your needs and goals. And if you start treatments now, you can see your results this summer. To find out more about laser hair removal treatments, book an appointment online today. 

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