Laser Hair Removal – What It Is & How It Works
WHy laser hair removal is worth it
Are you tired of picking up a razor and shaving your legs, underarms and other areas of your body every 2-3 days?
If you’ve simply had enough of this tedious routine, laser hair removal offers a much more permanent solution that’ll have you feeling more confident and comfortable. With little to no recovery time, you won’t need to take time off from your busy schedule to undergo laser hair removal.
The treatment often works best on darker hair, but the technology can adjust to a wide range of hair types and skin tones. Most laser hair removal systems on the market have the ability to target the patient’s specific pigmentation in the hair, and with that, we can also target the specific pigmentation in the patient’s skin when done carefully.
Popular laser hair removal Treatment Areas
Laser hair removal can treat many areas of the body. If you are looking to permanently reduce hair growth in any of the following areas, treatment from Quintessa is for you:
While laser hair removal can be done on most areas of the body, we typically try to avoid areas that are too close to the eyes (with the exception of the unibrow). If there’s an area of the body you’d like to treat that you don’t see in the table above, please contact us and we can help you determine if laser hair removal is a safe option for your specific needs.
how do you prepare for laser hair removal?
There a few things you should do (and not do) before your laser hair removal treatment. Here are some general ways you can prepare yourself for the most effective results.
PICK THE RIGHT TECHNICIAN
Make sure that you select a trained and qualified laser hair removal technician. It is strongly suggested that you pick a technician working under the supervision of doctor or plastic surgeon. At Quintessa, we ensure all laser hair removal treatments are conducted in a safe and clean environment. Also, make sure your technician is certified and has extensive experience with laser hair removal prior to your first treatment.
Shave Before Your Consultation
It is recommended that you do not wax or pluck hair for at least a month or longer before laser hair removal treatment. Due to the fact that laser hair removal is often performed in a series of 6 to 8 treatments, patients should not wax, pluck or tweeze any of their hairs during this entire time period. These activities damage the hair follicles, making it harder for the laser to destroy these follicles completely and efficiently.
However, we often do recommend shaving beforehand. Shaving will reduce the amount of existing hair while leaving the follicle intact and exposing it for optimal removal. That said, we typically recommend that you do not shave the same day as your appointment so you do not experience any redness or abrasion.
Test a small Area First
We also strongly recommend testing a small area first before starting a complete laser hair removal treatment. Ask your technician to test the laser on a small, discreet area before continuing. This way you’ll have an idea what the laser feels like and you’ll know how your skin and hair will react to the treatment. If the laser is too uncomfortable, you can decide not to proceed and consider alternative options.
Avoid the Sun
Sun exposure (including tanning) prior to treatment can put you at a greater risk for side effects, most notably, unwanted changes to the pigment of your skin.
In most cases, laser hair removal treatment only takes approximately 5-10 minutes to perform. You will be able to return to your normal activities very quickly following treatment. However, you should keep the treated area covered while it heals and limit your time in the sun. We also recommend wearing sunscreen when outdoors, especially on the healed, treated areas. For sufficient hair reduction, a series of laser hair treatments must be performed approximately 1 to 2 months apart so we can successfully catch the hairs in their growth phase and provide excellent hair reduction long term.
While laser hair removal with Quintessa is extremely safe overall, one of the most common side effects we see is simply sensitivity of the skin in the area where the treatment was performed. Some patients may also get small bumps on the skin where the hair follicle has been injured and has caused some swelling. But this sensitivity and bumpiness typically subsides within the first 48 to 72 hours.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
Start your Quintessa story with a complimentary consultation today and learn exactly how much a laser hair removal treatment will cost for your unique procedure. In addition, we can help you determine if you make an ideal candidate for laser hair removal as treatment is not for everyone. For example, laser hair removal is not recommended for pregnant women, people with diabetes or people with skin issues (such as keloids) skin cancer or an active infection.
We would love to help you get started! Book a a consult today and our licensed medical staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have as you consider treatment.
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How long does laser hair removal last?
No matter which area of the body is being treated, you are going to need multiple treatments to get permanent hair reduction. For most patients, we typically recommend having 6 to 8 laser hair removal treatments for best results. We like to perform repeat treatments on a rather consistent basis. Depending on how fast the hair grows and what part of the face or body it is in, we may schedule repeat treatments anywhere from four to up to 6 or 7 weeks apart. This will maximize the patient’s chances of removing as many of the hairs in the growth phase as possible so we can give them the satisfactory, long lasting hair removal results.
Is laser hair removal safe on all areas of the body?
Yes, when performed by a trained personal, laser hair removal can be extremely safe even on sensitive areas like the breast. Frequently for these sensitive areas, we will apply some topical numbing medicine prior to the laser hair removal so that it is more comfortable for the patient. With some of the newer devices and technologies we use at Quintessa, it can be an extremely comfortable experience.
Can bikini laser hair removal cause infertility?
Whether we’re dealing with a male or female patient, an appropriately performed laser hair removal in the bikini or genital area cannot cause infertility. Standard forms of laser hair removal do not penetrate deep enough into the tissue to cause any damage to the underlying glands or testicles.Read More