Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. This procedure eliminates unwanted body hair, particularly on the back, face, legs, underarms, or bikini area. While laser hair removal results are not permanent, the results tend to last longer than waxing, shaving, or tweezing. Laser hair removal procedures are noninvasive and do not require any cuts or incisions in your skin. This procedure involves using highly concentrated light in the hair follicles that is absorbed by the pigment in the follicles. Laser hair removal treatments are generally considered to be safe but have side effects such as scars, permanent skin discoloration, or burns. In this post, we will tell you why you should have your laser hair removal done by Brittney Gast RN, BSN.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal treatments use a process known as photothermolysis, which involves the generation of heat from a laser that destroys body cells that have a lot of colors (pigment). Since dark hair has a lot of colors, it absorbs most of the heat. Your hair then transfers heat to the follicles and destroys them, preventing hair growth. However, for this hair removal treatment to be successful, a hair follicle must be in its growth (anagen) stage.
Who are Suitable Candidates for Laser Hair Removal?
Anyone who wants to get rid of extra body hair can have laser hair removal treatment. Since it is usually used as a cosmetic procedure, it helps significantly in improving your self-image and overall appearance. Many people also prefer laser hair removal to avoid the need to shave regularly. In some cases, laser hair removal is used to treat excess hair growth that is caused by conditions such as:
- Tumors that produce hormones
- Inherited disorders
- Certain medications, such as birth control pills and anabolic steroids
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Hormone imbalances, especially due to increased androgen and testosterone levels
Laser hair removal is very effective for people with light skin and thick, dark hair. The contrast between hair and skin color allows your hair to absorb more heat. That said, laser hair removal treatments may not work as effectively for people with dark skin or hair that is red, white, gray, or blonde. Furthermore, you may not be suitable for this treatment if you:
- Are taking certain medications, such as acne treatments
- Have or have had skin cancer
- Are pregnant
- Are prone to cold sores or have genital herpes
- Have raised scars
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal
In addition to getting rid of extra hair, laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires adequate training to perform and avoid potential risks involved during the procedure. Before having your laser hair removal procedure, you will be advised to limit waxing, electrolysis, and plucking for six weeks before the procedure. You should also avoid sun exposure before and after laser treatment, as it makes the procedure less effective and can lead to complications. Before the procedure, your hair will be shaved to a few millimeters above the skin surface, and a topical numbing medicine will be applied. The technician will direct a beam of light to the treatment area for several minutes for satisfactory results.
At Natural Obsession Aesthetics we offer all our patients with reliable natural treatment solutions to help refresh and refine their overall appearance. Led by Brittney Gast, RN, BSN, and the well-trained team, they offer services such as radiofrequency micro-needling, laser resurfacing, and cosmetic injectables like dermal fillers that get rid of skin irregularities. Get started today and schedule an appointment or call us today.