Facts about Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Hair Removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today, often called Laser Hair Reduction. Laser hair removal uses a beam of light to remove unwanted hair, eliminating the need for routine shaving and waxing.
- Hair removal lasers target melanin, dark pigment, in the hair follicle, which kills unwanted hairs and inhibits future hair growth. Most patients compare the feeling of laser pulses to the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.
- The laser treats hair follicles that are in the active growth cycle and slows the growing capacity. Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after your treatment, multiple treatments are required to deliver complete results.
- The documented risks are a chance of burns and blisters, some Hyper and/or Hypo pigmentation and mild swelling. These risks can ALL be avoided if the proper precautions are followed prior to treatment. These precautions will be discussed during your consultation.
- The best candidate for laser hair removal is someone with dark hair and fair skin. However, ethnicities with darker skin types can still achieve laser hair reduction successfully. Unfortunately, laser hair removal does not work well for white, grey, blond or red hair.
- Before hair removal treatments you should avoid tanning, spray tans and sunless tanners, your skin needs to be as fair as possible. Additionally, be sure to use broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher. No plucking, waxing, or depilatory creams should be done to the area being treated. However, you should shave the treatment area 1 day prior to the laser treatment.
- The perfect time to destroy your hair follicle is in the Anagen stage as the melanin is darkest. Appointments are scheduled every 4-10 weeks apart depending on the treatment area. This is to ensure we are treating every hair follicle successfully.
- Contrary to common belief that removing hair makes it grow back darker and thicker, laser hair removal actually causes hairs to grow back slower and thinner than before the treatment.
- You can return to your normal daily activities immediately after a hair removal treatment session. We recommend the use of sunscreen on a regular basis for any treated areas exposed to the sun. Laser hair removal side effects can include swelling around the hair follicle, redness and inflammation. These side effects will only last for a few days before clearing up.
Schedule Your Treatment Today
Please contact Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle at 206.402.4797 for more information on laser hair removal treatments and to schedule a consultation. Our state-of-the-art clinic is located in Northcut Landing across from the west side of University Village.