How does laser hair removal work
Laser hair removal is a simple, fast and safe procedure.
A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere permanently, however results can differ from person to person.
Keep In Mind
- You'll need more than just one treatment. "Hair grows in indeterminate cycles, and it needs to be caught in the growth phase for the procedure to be effective.
- A post-zap breakout can happen for some people. This is because the treatment leaves hair follicles open for a few days. An OTC hydrocortisone cream or antibacterial lotion will prevent blemishes.
- Tanning-from either the sun or a bottle-is a no-no before a laser treatment, since darker skin absorbs the light before it can reach the follicles.
Some other tips
- Stop using Renova, Retin-A and AHAs-which can make skin fragile and sensitive-several days prior to waxing, using a depilatory or laser hair removal. If taking Accutane, ask your physician about hair-removal options.
- Avoid chlorine, saltwater and the sun for a day after shaving, waxing or using a depilatory and for a week after laser hair removal (to prevent irritation and burning.)
- Don't subject sunburned skin to any hair removal; wait until the burn subsides.