What Can You Expect From Laser Hair Removal?
Waxing, plucking, and shaving regularly can be not only tiresome but also time-consuming. Furthermore, these are all temporary solutions for a regular and annoying problem. Fortunately, if you are considering going hair-free, laser hair removal is an excellent option for you offered at aNu Aesthetics™ & Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO.
Laser hair removal is a medical treatment that involves using laser light pulses to remove unwanted hair. Rather than targeting the hair, the laser lights target the hair roots and destroys them. Destroying the roots slows down hair growth and eventually stops it.
What to Know About Laser Hair Treatments
What Areas Can It Treat?
The treatment provides an excellent solution for people who dislike the presence of hair on their:
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
Although it's possible to remove unwanted hair in almost all areas, tattooed skin and hair around the eyelid should not be treated.
How It Works
Before the treatment, your dermatologist will offer a consultation to analyze your medical history and establish your expectations. The dermatologist will also provide you with specific guidelines to help you prepare for the treatment. They include:
- Avoiding other hair removal techniques
- Avoiding any creams that might darken your skin
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Avoiding blood-thinning medications
Before the treatment, the target area will be cleansed and, if necessary, shaved again. Your dermatologist might apply a topical anesthetic on the area, which helps cool the skin and reduces any discomfort that may arise during the treatment.
The treatment will be done in a laser treatment room, and you will be provided with special goggles to shield your eyes from the laser lights.
To perform the treatment, your dermatologist will press a hand-held laser device to your skin. The device passes laser light through the skin to the hair roots. The light turns to heat energy once it gets absorbed by the root. This extreme heat from the laser light destroys the hair roots, which stops the growth of hair.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?
The size of the target area usually determines how long the treatment takes. Treating small areas, like the upper lip, usually takes a few minutes, while treating large areas, like the legs, may take more than an hour.
What Is the Downtime?
Generally, laser hair removal requires no downtime, and most people return to their daily routines immediately after the treatment.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Patients usually require 2 to 6 treatments to get rid of unwanted hair. Most patients remain without hair on the treated areas for months or even years after completing the treatments.
Lasers play a significant role in treating various conditions that affect the hair, skin, and nails. In the past, laser hair removal was only an option for patients with light skin and dark hair. Today, advances in laser technology have made it possible for patients with darker skin and light skin and light-colored hair to undergo the treatment successfully.
Get Started Today
If you are considering an alternative to waxing, shaving, and plucking, visit us at aNu Aesthetics™ & Optimal Wellness in Kansas City, MO today. We use advanced laser technology to ensure you are hair-free in no time with ease. We can't wait to help you feel and look your best.