Laser Hair Removal – What to Expect with Permanent Hair Removal

The Laser Hair Removal Experience: What to expect when using this permanent hair removal method.

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 If you’re searching for the best way to remove hair, chances are you’ve decided shaving and waxing aren’t the most effective tactics.  That’s because they don’t offer a permanent hair removal solution. Laser hair removal, however, does indeed offer permanent results.

 Learn more about what to expect with laser hair removal by reading these frequently asked questions below.

How does it work?

Laser hair removal works by sending a beam of light energy that travels through the shaft of your hair to reach the hair pigment. As the pigment is heated by the light energy, the hair follicle is disabled and prevented from re-growing.

How many treatments does it take to achieve permanent hair removal?

Only hair in the active growth stage has enough pigment present for laser hair removal to work and disable the follicle. Because of this, it will take several treatments for laser hair removal to deliver permanent results.  Depending on how fast your hair grows and much hair you have, you can repeat the procedure two to six weeks after you original treatment. Most users will begin to notice results after a few treatments, but it can take up to six months to a year to achieve permanent hair removal. 

Does it work for all hair colors?

Because the laser energy targets the pigment found in hairs, it works best on light skinned individuals with dark hair. Generally, it will not work on gray or red hairs. A laser hair technician can assess whether the procedure will work on you if you have light or blonde hair.

What does it feel like?

Most users report a stinging sensation like that of a rubber band being snapped on the skin. The pain is a temporary side effect. Some devices and laser hair removal systems offer comfort settings that can be adjusted to reduce any discomfort.

Can you achieve permanent hair removal at home? 

There are laser hair removal products that can be used in the privacy of your own home. Before making a purchase, read online reviews and ensure that the system is approved by the Federal Drug Administration for permanent hair removal at home. 

Are there different types of lasers?

Some laser hair technicians have different lasers that can be used on individuals with darker skin. These lasers ignore the pigment in the skin and concentrate only the pigment found in the hair follicles. If you have darker skin, or light, gray or red hair, discuss with your technician about the best way to remove hair and options available to you.

Does it work on the entire body?
Laser hair removal can be done on your face, back, under arms, legs, arms and bikini line. Consult with your technician if you have questions about specific body parts. If you are trying permanent hair removal at home, read the instructions on your laser hair removal system before using to see if it can be used on all body parts. 

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