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Is Laser Hair Removal Effective?

WHAT IS IT

Throughout the years, laser hair removal has grown increasingly popular due to the request for permanent hair reduction. During the treatment, the laser emits a light that targets the pigment in the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. This in turn inhibits and delays future hair growth. High quality lasers such as the ICON Max R are the most effective way to permanently remove unwanted hair. The result is silky smooth bare skin. A complete series of treatments virtually eliminates future need for all trimming, plucking, shaving, or waxing in future years.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Common treatment areas include armpits, chin, upper lip, back, chest, and bikini line. Multiple sessions are required due to the cycle of hair growth, and laser treatment works best with hair in the anagen phase (new growth stage). Depending on the location, treatments vary between 3-6 sessions and is only recommended for skin types I-IV. Dark hairs respond best to complete removal, as the laser is less effective for hair colors such as pale blond, grey, or white, that do not absorb light well.

HOW YOU PREPARE

Things to stop prior to getting laser hair removal would include:

  • Sun exposure. This includes tanning beds and tanning creams/ lotions.

  • Other types of hair removal. Plucking, waxing, and electrolysis should be avoided at least 4 weeks before treatment as these types of hair removal methods disturb the hair follicle the laser targets.

Shaving and trimming the area on the day less than 24 hours before laser treatment yields the best results.

Contact our office today to speak with a consultant about getting the results you are looking for.

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