The Top 5 Questions About Laser Hair Removal, Answered.
Laser hair removal has been a growing trend over the last decade as a way to ditch the razor and waxing for good. Before taking the plunge into the smoother world of laser hair removal, let’s answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
How does laser hair removal work?
Highly concentrated light beams are sent into the hair follicle. They are heated up to the point that the hair at the follicle is destroyed. The energy is absorbed by pigment and works best on darker hair.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
A topical numbing cream is applied at appointment arrival, you may experience some mild discomfort during the treatment…described as a rubberband snap, but the treatment doesn’t necessarily hurt. The treated area will be tender and red after, similar to a mild sunburn. A laser enzyme gel is applied post treatment to cool down treated area for more comfort.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal is permanent hair reduction. For laser hair to be most effective, it is important to stay on track with your treatments once you start. The laser permanently destroys the hair that is growing, but does not destroy the follicle. Due to hormone changes in women, it is possible that new hair growth can occur eventually. Which is why it is extremely important to stay on top of maintenance appointments.
How many laser hair removal treatments are needed?
Although one session may stunt the hair growth for a period of time, you will need multiple sessions for desired effect, because not all hair follicles grow actively at the same time. A series of 4-6 is most common.
How do I prepare?
Most importantly, is to stop waxing or plucking at least 3 weeks prior to your appointment, with sunscreen being applied throughout the course of treatments to avoid hypersensitivity. As always at PerriSkinCare, we will thoroughly go over all pre and post instructions during your free consultation.
If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to find out if laser hair removal is appropriate for you.