As long as laser hair removal has been around, you’d think we’d know just about everything we needed to about his aesthetic treatment. Judging by the questions patients ask when they visit our Lake Charles office, this is not an assumption we can make. Here, we want to answer some of the questions we get so you can have an easier time deciding if laser hair removal is right for you.
How can laser treatment get rid of hair?
Laser hair removal is a process that gradually disables hair follicles. The way it does this is by sending a beam of light into hundreds of follicles simultaneously. The light gets absorbed in the pigment, or color, or hair. Immediately, the light vaporizes each hair into thin air, but not before the burst of heat gets absorbed by the walls of the hair follicle. New hair will grow because hair grows in a cyclical nature, but the cycle gets disrupted with each subsequent treatment.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
This has got to be one of the biggest questions people have, even if they don’t verbalize it. You may be wondering the same thing, which is why you haven’t scheduled your treatment just yet. You may have heard that it hurts to undergo laser hair removal; that treatment results in a deep sunburn sensation that lasts for days. This was once the case. However, newer technologies are much less likely to cause much discomfort at all.
Here’s a tip, though: shave before your laser hair removal treatment. It is necessary to have hair in the follicles for laser hair removal to work. However, it is not necessary for hair to stick out from the surface. It isn’t just acceptable to shave before laser hair removal, we recommend it. When hair is longer, the laser beam has farther to go down the strand. The longer the strand is heated, the more it will be felt. By shortening the hair right to the surface of the skin, you maximize your own comfort.
Are the results of laser hair removal really permanent?
Laser hair removal does permanently disrupt hair follicles, yes. But there’s a “but.” At some point, some follicles may become active once again. Not all, but some. A few hairs may be noticed here and there. Managing long-term results is as easy as getting a touch-up now and again.