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Laser Hair Removal Treatment...what to expect!

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Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted hair. It is a safe and effective method of hair removal that is becoming increasingly popular. If you're considering laser hair removal, here's what you can expect from the procedure.

The first step in laser hair removal is to schedule a consultation with a qualified

practitioner. During this consultation, the practitioner will assess your skin and hair type and determine whether you're a suitable candidate for the procedure. They will also discuss the procedure, including the risks and benefits, and provide you with instructions on how to prepare for the treatment.

Before the treatment, you'll be required to shave the area being treated. This is because the laser targets the hair follicle, not the hair itself, and shaving ensures that the laser can penetrate the skin and reach the hair follicle.

During the procedure, a hand-held laser device will be used to deliver intense pulses of light to the hair follicle. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, which then heats up and destroys the hair follicle. The procedure is relatively painless, and each pulse feels similar to a rubber band snap.

The length of the treatment will depend on the size of the area being treated. For smaller areas, such as the upper lip or underarms, the treatment may only take a few minutes. Larger areas, such as the legs or back, may take up to an hour.

After the treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling in the treated area.

This is normal and should subside within a few hours. You may also experience some mild discomfort, which can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.

It's important to avoid sun exposure for a few weeks before and after the treatment, as the treated area will be more sensitive to sunlight. Sunless tanning should also be avoided before any laser treatment as the laser targets pigment. You should also avoid waxing or plucking the treated area, as this can disrupt the hair growth cycle and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.

You may notice some hair shedding in the treated area in the days and weeks following the treatment. This is normal and is a sign that the hair follicles have been destroyed. However, it's important to note that laser hair removal is not a one-time procedure. Most people require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results.

The number of treatments required will depend on several factors, including the

thickness and density of the hair, the area being treated, and your skin type. Typically, most people require 6-8 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, with the addition of a few maintenance or touch up sessions.

It's also important to note that laser hair removal is not suitable for everyone. It is most effective on people dark, coarse hair, as the laser targets the pigment in the hair. It is less effective on people with blonde, red, or gray hair, as there is less pigment to absorb the light.

In addition, laser hair removal may not be suitable for people with certain medical

conditions or those taking certain medications. It's important to discuss any medical conditions or medications with your provider before undergoing laser hair removal.

In summary, this procedure is relatively painless and requires minimal downtime. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method of hair removal that can provide long-lasting results.

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