Basking in the sun in the summer is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you like to spend time outside by the pool or get away on a lake vacation with your family, having unwanted hair can hold you back. It’s hard to bare your skin when it’s covered in hair you wish would just disappear! Laser hair removal is the perfect way to get rid of your unwanted hair and bare your skin with confidence. Texas Laser and Aesthetics in Austin, TX is the best place for your laser treatment needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Many Sessions of Laser Hair Removal Do I Need?
It’s impossible to know exactly how many sessions of laser removal you will need without a consultation, because it all depends on how your individual body reacts to the treatment. Most people need somewhere from 4 to 6 sessions for optimal results, and it’s encouraged that you come back for maintenance treatments once a year or so.
When scheduling your hair removal treatments, you’ll need to space them out by several weeks, so the full treatment cycle can take a couple of months.
2. Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Removal?
The best candidates for laser removal have dark, coarse hair. However, technological advances in laser treatment now allow for all types of hair to be targeted and treated. Good candidates have reasonable expectations for what laser removal can do for them, and are interested in having an area treated that isn’t near the eyes or eyebrows.
While basically everyone is a good candidate for laser removal, there are a couple of things that can exclude you. Individuals who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have laser removal just to be cautious.
3. What Are the Benefits of Laser Removal?
Laser removal is the perfect way to get rid of that unwanted hair from basically anywhere on your body. Laser removal offers precision, speed, and predictability. The lasers offer precise treatment that damages the hair follicle while leaving your skin untouched. They fire at lighting speed, which protects your skin and allows for multiple hairs in an area to be treated with each zap. And with laser removal, you can trust that your treatment will result in permanent hair loss.
4. Why Should I Choose Laser Removal Instead of Other Removal Options?
Obviously, laser removal is not the only option when it comes to getting rid of unwanted hair. So why does it stand out when compared to all the other methods? Let’s take a look at other ways you may use to get rid of your unwanted hair to understand why laser hair removal is the best option.
Shaving is probably the most common way to remove unwanted hair. It removes your hair down to the surface of the skin. While it’s a relatively easy method to do, it also is time-consuming. Over a lifetime, women spend approximately 72 days shaving their legs! That extra time shaving in the shower really adds up.
One of the main reasons people hate shaving is that the more often you shave, the faster your hair grows back, not to mention that it has a tendency to grow back even thicker. Plus, everyone who shaves has cut their legs doing it at least once or given themselves ingrown hairs or irritated, dry skin.
This method of hair removal is effective, but with big downsides. This process uses chemicals to dissolve the hair into a jelly. Afterward, you simply wipe away the cream and liquified hair. It’s fast-acting and usually painless, but it involves putting toxic chemicals on your skin and can result in pretty significant skin damage over time. Some individuals have superficial chemical burns after using depilatory creams. And while these creams smell a lot better than they used to in decades past, that doesn’t mean they are any less toxic.
The best option for waxing is to have it done in a salon by a professional, but you can also do it at home. This method involves applying hot wax to the skin, letting the wax cool down and harden, and then ripping the wax and attached hairs off. This method works to pull out not only the hair but the follicle as well, meaning that the hair takes longer to grow back.
But, this method has probably the biggest downside of them all: it’s extremely painful. Whether you’ve ever been waxed or not, you know it’s painful. It’s so painful that it’s a storyline in many sitcoms. It’s so painful that it’s permeated pop culture! And even though the hair takes longer to grow back afterward, this doesn’t actually reduce the amount of hair you have, so you just have to keep going back to get waxed again.
5. How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
During the treatment, a medical-grade laser device uses a concentrated beam of light to get rid of your unwanted hair. Unlike laser pointers, the lasers used in this treatment release pulses of light energy that target the melanin in your hair. As the hair absorbs the laser light, the energy changes from light to heat energy, which damages the hair follicle. This inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Your hair doesn’t fall out immediately, but in the weeks after your treatment, you’ll notice that your hair begins to shed. And when your hair does grow back, it will grow much slower and thinner. As you continue to get laser treatments, you’ll notice that less and less hair grows back until there’s barely any!
6. Is This Treatment Permanent?
Laser removal results in the permanent reduction of hair. So, while it cannot get rid of every single hair, it will get rid of most of them. The hairs that grow back will be so light in color and thin that you may not even be bothered by them. If you are, you can get rid of them far more easily than ever before.
7. How Do I Prepare for This Laser Treatment?
The first step to getting the soft, supple, hairless skin you want is having a consultation with Texas Laser and Aesthetics, where you will meet with a skilled and experienced doctor who will help you through the process.
Have a Consultation
At your consultation with your doctor, you will be asked about your medical history, especially about any skin disorders or scarring that you might have. You’ll want to tell your doctor about any medications you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and vitamins.
Your doctor will discuss the benefits of laser removal and take photos of the area you are looking to have treated to be used in before-and-after assessments.
Stay Out of the Sun
Before your treatment, you should stay out of the sun as much as possible. When you do go out, put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Lighten Your Skin
If you use sunless tanning creams, avoid using them before your laser treatment. The treatment works best where there is a large contrast between the color of your skin and the color of your hair so that only the hair pigment absorbs the light energy.
Avoid Certain Removal Methods
Certain hair removal methods, like plucking and waxing, disturbs the hair follicle. These methods should be avoided for at least a month before your laser treatment. It’s important that the hair follicles are in good condition during the laser treatment so they can fully absorb the energy and react to it.
Shave the Treatment Area
Even though you shouldn’t pluck or wax the area you are having treated, it’s important that you shave the area before your treatment. This removes the hair above the surface of the skin without doing anything to the hair follicle. It’s important to remove the hair before your laser treatments to avoid accidental burns and to ensure that the energy from the laser is fully targeted at your hair follicle.
8. What Can I Expect During the Treatment?
During the treatment, we will give you special goggles to wear to protect your eyes from the laser light being used. How long the treatment lasts depends on the size of the area being treated. A large area, like your legs, could take an hour or more to treat, while a small area, like your upper lip, might take only a few minutes.
9. How Often Can I Schedule a Laser Removal Treatment?
This laser treatment works best on hair follicles that are in the growth phase of the hair growth cycle. This cycle happens at different rates in different parts of the body. The growth cycle for the face typically takes about 2 weeks, while the growth cycle on the back can be much slower.
The faster the hair grows in the treatment site, the more quickly you can come in for another session. When you have your consultation, we will let you know how often you should schedule your treatments.
10. How Should I Care for Myself After This Treatment?
It’s important that you properly care for yourself both directly after your treatment and in the weeks between your treatments.
In the First Two Days
In the first 48 hours after your treatment, you should wear loose cotton clothing that isn’t tight on the area that was treated. You should avoid touching the skin that has been treated and apply 100% Aloe Vera to it.
You should also avoid anywhere where your skin might get very hot or where you’re exposed to non-sterile water, like the gym, sauna, swimming pool, jacuzzi, or steam room. Only use tepid or lukewarm water when showering or bathing and avoid intense physical exercise. Whenever you go out, apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 50.
In the Weeks Between Sessions
About a week after your treatment, you should exfoliate the treatment area to keep your skin healthy. When your hair begins to regrow, it’s important that you only get rid of it in methods that do not disturb the follicle, which means shaving is your best bet. Don’t spend too much time with your treated skin exposed to the sun, and don’t use a tanning bed. When you do go out in the sun, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.
Learn More for Yourself
If you have hair in unwanted places, laser hair removal is the best way to give yourself the hairless, silky skin you deserve. It takes a few treatment sessions to get your full results, but you’ll be so glad you did. Don’t live another summer having to hide your unwanted hair: bare it all and let yourself feel the sun.