Before we have the privilege of shaving, the task is something we may desperately want to do. Fast forward twenty years and the bright-eyed adolescent has long forgotten the bliss of those early days, nicks and all. At some point, most of us grow tired of the endless chore that shaving, waxing, and plucking become. There is a solution, but it may be one you’re not seriously considering because of just a few questions.
Is laser hair removal complicated?
Laser hair removal is convenient. The most significant aspect of treatment is the schedule. A series of treatments is needed to achieve lasting results, and treatments are scheduled in 8-week intervals. Each session may last an hour or less because the laser device targets hundreds of hair follicles at one time. Patients can go right back to their normal activities (minus tanning) looking and feeling great.
Common treatment areas for laser hair removal include the legs, underarms, bikini area, back, arms, and face.
How bad does it hurt to get laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal does not hurt. We repeat. It. Does. Not. Hurt. Here’s what you need to know. Early on, treatment may have been uncomfortable. Laser devices were new. Since then, technology has improved and so has the comfort level of pretty much every laser treatment across the board, including laser hair removal.
What most patients feel is a mild snap when the laser beam vaporizes strands of hair. Here’s something you should know, though. The farther laser energy has to go to get to the end, the more heat gets absorbed. The more heat, the more you’ll feel. Patients are advised to shave the treatment area a day or two before undergoing laser hair removal. This way, the length of existing hair is minimized and heat is reduced to what is only absolutely necessary.
Are the results of laser hair removal really permanent?
This is a tricky question. The broad answer is yes, laser hair removal achieves permanent results. However, we must define what that means. When you undergo laser hair removal, the treated hair follicles will be forever altered. However, a few follicles may regain some degree of function. While it is not likely that all of the hair in a treated area will grow back, there is a chance that some hair will. Usually, it’s a few hairs here and there. These can be eliminated with a maintenance laser treatment.