Shaving is a time-consuming ritual that most of us have to do, sometimes on a daily basis. You may try some other alternatives, including tweezing, plucking, or waxing, but these usually require just as much of a time commitment, if not more.
With laser hair removal, you may never have to shave again. And it’s not just for women. Men can benefit from laser hair removal, too.
Learn more about what you can expect if you pursue this option. In this blog, our providers at eleven19 Medical + Weight Loss explain more about laser hair removal.
The facts about laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States. It has been FDA-approved since 1995. Laser hair removal uses concentrated light technology to prevent hair growth and can be used on almost any area of your body.
Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?
Almost anyone can get laser hair removal. The people who tend to experience the best results from laser hair removal are those who have light skin and dark hair. But you can still get satisfactory results from laser hair removal even if your skin is darker or your hair is lighter.
The light in the laser targets dark follicles to destroy hair growth. The laser selectively targets dark hairs without damaging the surrounding skin.
What to expect from laser hair removal
If you want us to remove hair from a particularly sensitive area of your body, we may apply a numbing gel to your skin. But most of our clients say that laser hair removal feels similar to the snapping of a rubber band against your skin. It’s mildly uncomfortable but usually isn’t painful.
Most people need 3-7 sessions for complete removal of their unwanted hair. Each of these sessions is usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart to target the hair in its various growth cycles.
Unlike some other cosmetic procedures, you don’t need to worry about any recovery time after laser hair removal. You can get it done on a lunch break and go back to work afterward. Even so, your skin may be a bit red after laser hair removal, so you may prefer to schedule appointments when you don’t have to go anywhere later the same day.
Cautions about laser hair removal
Before beginning laser hair removal, we go over your health history and make sure that you’re in good condition for the procedure.
Most people can undergo the procedure with no complications. But you should avoid taking any blood thinners, including aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, which include ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.
You should also avoid the sun before the procedure. If your skin is sunburned, you have to wait for it to heal before going ahead with laser hair removal. In addition, you should stay out of the sun afterward and wear sunscreen.
You may shave as normal before the appointment, but don’t use other types of hair removal, including waxing, plucking, and electrolysis.
If you are tired of shaving or dealing with other hair removal methods, why not get rid of your hair, once and for all? Call us today for an appointment. We’re located in Santa Ana, Fullerton, and Ontario, California.