Smooth Legs Without Shaving – Laser Hair Removal FAQ
With summer just around the corner many Austinites are preparing to show off more skin. Along with getting in shape for the new bikini, another issue people consider is their body hair.
Shaving and waxing are common hair removal options but they often irritate the skin and are counterproductive as they actually trigger additional hair growth. There are other hair removal creams, lotions, or as seen on TV products on the market as well; most of which are ineffective, or worse, dangerous to the skin. The safest and most effective hair removal option today is laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal uses infrared light to target the pigment in the hair follicles (we use the LightSheer® laser hair removal system). The light converts into heat, which causes follicular destruction (i.e. the hair follicle is destroyed). The treatment is relatively painless and is a permanent solution for getting rid of unwanted or embarrassing body hair. Additionally, because the hair is completely removed from the follicle, laser hair removal prevents the “shadow” effect some people experience with shaving or waxing.
We thought it would be helpful to cover five of the most common questions we receive from prospective patients concerning laser hair removal:
How effective is laser hair removal?
Laser-based hair removal is very effective, with many patients enjoying significant hair reduction after only a few treatments. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have a combination of darker hair and lighter skin as the laser light will not be significantly absorbed by the surrounding skin. As with any procedure, results vary per patient.
How painful are the treatments?
Laser hair removal is very tolerable for most patients without any need for numbing prior to the procedure. Many patients describe the feeling of the laser as similar to a rubber band snap on the skin. If the treatment does make the patient too uncomfortable a skin numbing agent can be utilized, however it is typically not needed. There is no pain or downtime once the laser is taken off the skin.
What areas can be treated?
The most popular treatment areas for women include the underarms (axilla), legs, bikini, lip, and chin, while popular areas for men are the chest and back. However, hair removal can be accomplished on most areas of the body.
How many laser hair removal treatments are required to see results?
Most patients require six to eight treatments spaced six weeks apart to enjoy the full effect followed by occasional maintenance treatments. However each individual is different, some people require more or less treatments. Hormones and other factors can play a part in the number of treatments required.
Is it a permanent solution?
Laser hair removal patients enjoy permanent hair reduction. Many people do require occasional maintenance treatments (sometimes once a year or so) after their series of treatments to maintain the results.
Laser hair removal can be a life-changing procedure. Most of all, the number one comment I hear from patients after the procedure is, “Why did I wait so long to do this?”