No matter what body part we’re talking about, be it our face, underarms, or legs, unwanted hair is a nuisance. Laser hair removal is appropriate for either men or women and helps them remove unwanted hair on almost any part of the body. When you’re tired of dealing with temporary hair removal methods, Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, AL can help you get long-term results.
What Makes Laser Hair Removal Better?
It’s likely you learned how to shave with a razor and you’ve tried product after product in an attempt to discover one that eliminated razor burn and reduced the possibility of cutting yourself. However, even if you found the best hair removal method available, your hair would still come back after just a short time. Additionally, you probably had to deal with other painful grooming processes like plucking, especially if you had unwanted facial hair as a woman.
Or, maybe you attempted to get rid of the razor by trying other hair removal alternatives. For example, some people may have tried depilatory creams but found them to have too strong of an odor to deal with, or they had trouble determining the right length of time to leave it on to avoid skin irritation.
Others have probably looked into wax solutions for hair removal but didn’t like the requirement of having to wait for their hair to grow to a certain length between appointments. If you’ve had similar issues, you’re probably ready to think about using a laser to get long-term results. Using a laser to remove unwanted hair has been a viable option for many years, and new technology makes it a more appealing choice all the time.
Is Hair Removal With a Laser Permanent?
If you look at the various other options for hair removal like waxing and shaving, side by side, laser treatment is the only option that provides near-permanent results. As always, laser treatment is the most effective when you follow the guidelines that have been established to produce the best outcome. When you gain an understanding of how hair grows and how the laser works to remove it, you can develop a treatment plan that delivers the most permanent results possible.
Hair Growth Basics
Hair growth is cyclical, which means that at any given minute, you’ll have hair in different stages of growth. Certain hairs may be in their initial stage of growth, but others are in the shedding stage, or the last stage of growth. Still others are in the transition, or middle stage of growth. When your hair is in the new-growth phase, or anagen, laser treatment is the most effective because it targets the hair follicles to damage their ability to grow.
Laser Treatment Basics
Laser treatment for hair removal involves focusing a beam of light onto dark hairs to heat up their follicles all the way to their roots. This process damages the follicles to the point where they will have difficulty regrowing. Pigmented hair attracts the laser beam of light so it does not damage the skin surrounding the hair, but you achieve maximum damage to hair follicles when they are just starting to grow.
Since you need to target every single hair while in the initial stage of growth, you’ll need to have several laser treatments to catch all of them during the anagen phase of growth. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll create a treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. Over time, as you undergo additional treatments, more follicles are caught in the initial growth stage and are damaged.
With repeated hair removal sessions, you’ll discover that your hair doesn’t grow back as quickly, and those that do grow back are thinner and lighter. You may reach the point where you have permanent results on certain parts of your body, but even if they aren’t permanent, you’ll find that you can go longer between sessions and can maintain results with spot treatments.
Hair Removal by Laser: Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Any Areas That Can’t Be Treated?
No matter if you want to remove the hair from under your arms, or you are desperate to get rid of your sideburns, you’ll find that laser sessions are an excellent choice. You can get almost any part of the body treated with a laser to reduce the hair in the area and possibly end up with permanent results.
Your eyebrows, chin, and skin around your lips are all areas that can be treated by a laser. Regardless of the size of the area you want to treat, you won’t spend a lot of time in the treatment room. Not only is the laser great for bikini lines and underarms, but you can have the hair on your back, chest, or legs removed as well.
What Is the Number of Treatments I Will Need?
Typically, the recommended number of treatments is six, with each one spaced about six weeks apart to allow for each treatment area to fully go through the hair growth cycle. Once you’ve completed your six treatments, you’ll discover that any hair that regrows in the area takes longer to grow, is thinner, and is lighter in color. After you’re done with your initial sessions, you’ll want to get maintenance treatments a couple of times per year to maintain your results.
As we continue progressing toward permanent hair removal, we’ll talk about the best treatment methods for your individual needs. Each patient’s hair and skin are different, so our treatment must be individualized as well. Moreover, the areas you are treating will impact the number of sessions you need as well. Clearly, the hair on your face will be approached differently from the hair on your legs, which is thicker and more coarse. Our experts will develop the best treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
Remove Your Unwanted Hair Now
If you’re looking for a provider who understands your needs and treats you as the unique individual you are, we are ready to show you how our laser solutions can give you long-term results based on an individualized approach to your care. Contact Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, AL today to schedule your initial consultation and learn how our incredible team of hair removal professionals can help you gain long-term hair removal results.