Laser hair removal is listed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective method, meaning that the government agency knows that this clinically proven procedure is accepted as a standard practice for removing unwanted hair. If you want to remove hair from nearly any area of the body, laser may be just the right choice for you.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
The laser works by heating the root of the hair you want removed. The heat damages the hair follicles and makes them unable to produce hair, much like a scar. Because our hair grows at different rates and at different times, it can take several sessions to remove all the hair in any given area.
Treatment time may vary, and you are free to resume your normal routines immediately after receiving treatment as long as you avoid sunlight, as your skin may be sensitive and more prone to sunburn during the healing period.
Who Shouldn’t Receive Laser Hair Removal
Laser isn’t recommended for those who have vitiligo or psoriasis, as these conditions can be made worse by the treatment. Those who are experiencing an active outbreak of herpes, also known as cold sores, should wait until the lesions have healed completely and the outbreak has ended before receiving treatment. The same can also be said for acne outbreaks. Laser hair removal may not be right for people with photosensitivity or who are taking medication that makes their skin photosensitive.
The Risks of Laser
Side effects are usually quite mild and can include redness, mild swelling and tenderness in the skin for several days following a treatment. Of course, these risks can be lessened by coming to an experienced clinic that will fine tune the laser frequency to your specific hair and skin type.
What Types of Skin and Hair Types Can Be Removed Via Laser?
In the past, laser worked best when the skin and hair has a lot of contrast. For example, dark hairs on light skin or light hairs on a dark complexion. With new technological advances, many hair and skin combinations can receive effective treatment.
If you have unwanted body hair and are tired of plucking, shaving, waxing, or threading it away time and time again, laser may be the solution you’ve been looking for. If you’d like to explore the option further or have additional questions, contact Head to Toe Med Spa today to schedule an appointment. A smoother you may be just a phone call away.