Laser hair removal is quickly becoming one of the most popular treatments across the nation. Thanks to innovative technology, unwanted body hair can be removed from virtually any area of the face and body in only a few treatment sessions. At New England Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Boston, MA, we believe this treatment is an excellent option for those who want to reduce or permanently stunt hair growth.
How Many Sessions of Laser Hair Removal Do You Need?
Most people will need a series of four to six treatments with a laser hair removal system to achieve ideal results. Of course, there may be cases where more than six treatments are necessary to remove all unwanted body hair. For example, if you have very dense or thick hair, or you are removing hair in multiple areas, it may be necessary to schedule additional treatments to adequately treat each hair follicle.
What Happens If You Miss a Treatment?
If you miss a treatment, this can delay the development of your results. Because your hair grows in cycles, missing a single appointment can put you back at square one. This treatment works best when the laser can create sustained damage to the hair follicle that will prevent future hair growth.
You should only delay your treatment in specific circumstances, such as if your skin is not currently healthy because of a sunburn or skin disease like eczema. If you do have to delay your treatment, then it’s best to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible so you can achieve your desired results.
How Soon Will You See Results?
Most people will begin to see early results from this treatment in as little as two to three sessions. After a few sessions, you will likely notice that any hair growth you experience is more sparse. As you have additional treatments, your hair growth will be even more delayed or may permanently stop.
How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
To prepare for this laser treatment, you will need to do your best to avoid any activity that can irritate the skin or trigger melanin production. For this reason, you will be directed to avoid direct contact with sunlight, sunbathing, sun tanning, and self-tanning products for at least two to four weeks before your appointment.
Should You Shave Before Treatment?
Shaving before your appointment is recommended. If you shave at least 24 to 48 hours before your treatment, you will be able to ensure the laser technology can work as effectively as possible. This is because you must have active hair growth, but laser technology works best when the hair shaft is short.
Why Should You Avoid Waxing and Tweezing?
Although you are allowed to shave for your appointment, waxing and tweezing are prohibited. Any activity that pulls hair from the root is not recommended. This is because removing hair from the follicle will prevent the laser treatment from being effective. If you are someone who regularly waxes or tweezes, you should avoid these activities for at least two weeks before your treatment.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, you may experience moderate skin sensitivity from the laser. It’s generally recommended to use moisturizers or lotions that will soothe the skin, such as CeraVe, Cetaphil, and Aquaphor. After your treatment, you should avoid direct contact with hot water, steam, chlorine, and sunlight for at least one week.
Is Exfoliating a Good Idea?
Exfoliating about three to five days after your laser session can be a good way to remove hair that is falling from the follicle, as well as any dry or dead skin that may have occurred as a result of the laser treatment. Exfoliating with a moderately rough cloth or a soft sugar scrub can be a good way to refresh the skin. Always be sure to apply a good lotion or moisturizer to any area you exfoliate.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this hair removal treatment are intended to last for several months and can even be permanent in many cases. Most people will be able to enjoy initial results for six months. At this time, you may need to schedule a touch-up appointment every six to 12 months to maintain your results. Over time, you may notice that your results are lasting longer and that some areas are unable to grow hair.
If your goal is to achieve permanent results, please discuss how this is possible with repeated treatments with one of our skincare experts. We will develop a treatment plan that will help you achieve this goal.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Most people are considered good candidates for this treatment. However, if you are pregnant, if you’ve used Accutane in the last six months, or if you have a pacemaker, you may not be a good candidate for this treatment.
Remove Unwanted Hair
Laser hair removal is a good option for those who want to remove hair in multiple areas without the risk of ingrown hairs or skin irritation that may happen after shaving or waxing. Most people are good candidates for this laser treatment. Please contact New England Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Boston, MA to schedule your initial appointment today.