FOREVER Laser Hair Removal
In the world of unwanted hair, laser hair removal is one of the newest and most high-tech methods available to get rid of it once and for all. It is a safe and extremely effective way of disabling hair follicles. Here you will find information and answers to all the questions you might have.Before you being, you need to know some of the basics:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Laser hair removal works by targeting melanin (pigmentation) in the hair. The darker the hair means the more melanin, and the more melanin means the more effective the laser treatment will be. The laser sends heat down the hair follicle where it destroys the root, preventing any future hair from growing. Blond, white, or grey hair lacks melanin which makes it hard for the lasers to work effectively so those with very light hair may not be the best candidates for laser hair removal. The ideal combination is dark hair on light skin for optimal results, though different lasers are available to treat those that may have lighter hair or darker skin.
WHY MULTIPLE TREATMENTS?
It is important to keep in mind that laser hair removal is not an instant solution. Multiple treatments are required for optimal results. The reason for this is because hair grows in cycles. There are 3 different stages that a hair may be in at any given time:
Anagen (Growing Stage)
Catagen (Transition Stage)
Telogen (Resting Stage)
Hairs that are in the anagen/growing stage are ideal targets for laser hair removal. Those hairs that are currently in the catagen or telogen stages during laser treatment may not sufficiently be affected by the laser to destroy the root as the hair follicle is technically no longer attached to it during these stages. Each hair needs to be given a chance to be lasered during its anagen stage for superior results. This is why several treatments are required, anywhere from 6-8 sessions, depending on thickness of hair, amount of hair, and other factors. These treatments are typically spaced between 4 and 6 weeks (at minimum, depending on body part) to give the hair time to grow through each cycle.
You will begin to see hair fall out after your first couple of treatments, but you will also see hair grow back immediately after. Do not be alarmed as these are actually the new hairs that had begun to grow under the skin but were not yet treated by the laser. Many people do not understand this and, expecting immediate results, are unhappy and quit after the first 1 or 2 treatments. This is why it is necessary for 6-8 treatments to be completely satisfied with your results.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Whether you have an exceptional experience or an unpleasant one is completely in the hands of the laser technician. It is imperative to choose a technician that is licensed, skilled, and experienced. There are a lot of non-qualified practitioners out there performing laser hair removal that may lack the knowledge required to do it safely and effectively. Every client has different skin tones, skin conditions, hair characteristics, etc. A skilled technician will be able to determine the proper laser to use and the ideal laser settings to prevent the client from experiencing any unwanted side effects.
For optimal results, avoid tweezing, plucking, waxing, or epilating between treatments. Manually pulling out your hair will disrupt the hair cycle and make your laser treatments less effective. Also try to avoid any of these manual hair removal methods for up to a month prior to your first treatment. This way, the maximum number of hairs will be present to be treated by the laser.