With the cold winter months upon us, now is the time to get started with laser hair removal. Before you know it, the warmer months will be here, which means a new season to wear your favorite shorts and swimsuits. Here, we take a deeper look at laser hair removal and answer frequently asked questions about this state-of-the-art technology.
What is laser hair removal?
If you are tired of spending so much time shaving, tweezing and waxing your unwanted body hair, then laser hair removal may be right for you. It works by using highly concentrated light beams that penetrate into the hair follicles and destroy the hair in the active growth cycle and reduce the hair’s ability to reproduce.
What areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal can be done almost anywhere on your body, except inside the nostrils, inside the ears and around the male genitalia. The most popular treatment areas include the bikini line, underarms, upper lip, back, sideburns on the face, and the legs. Men sometimes get laser hair removal done on their entire chest or back.
When will I see results?
You will see hair fall out in 2-3 weeks after treatment. Many patients need about six treatments to achieve optimal results as each treatment only tackles hair that is in the active growth phase, which is about 20 percent of hair. Repeat appointments are spaced out several weeks apart.
Does it hurt?
Patients say that the pulse of the laser light feels like a small rubber band being snapped against the skin, followed by a cooling sensation. A topical numbing cream may be applied to sensitive areas.
Patients may experience minor redness and swelling at the treatment area. This is only temporary and can be relieved with cool packs and creams to help reduce inflammation. You will need to avoid the sun for several weeks before and after treatment and use sunscreen as directed if you have to be out in the sun.
If you’re ready to get started saying goodbye to unwanted hair, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation and learn more about laser hair removal.