All you want is smooth, silky skin without stubble, razor nicks, or pain. And to be honest, you really want your time back, too. Those hours spent tweezing, waxing, and shaving unwanted hair really add up.
You’ve heard about laser hair removal and have seen your friends’ beautiful results. You’d like a sleek, hair-free physique by spring so you can really rock the 2019 fashions in shorts and swimsuits. So, why do you have to start the process now?
Hairs grow in cycles
When you shave, tweeze, or wax, you’re generally going after hairs that are in the middle or end of their growth cycle. One yank and they’re out — until they grow back in.
But lasers work best on hairs that are in an early growth stage. That’s because the laser’s energy is targeted to the pigment of the hair root in the bulge of the follicle, where new hairs are “born” and grow. By zapping the follicle while it’s housing a hair that’s still developing, the hair falls out, the follicle is damaged, and a new hair can’t grow back.
To ensure that most of your hairs are caught at an early growth stage, your Lasting Impressions Medical Aesthetics professional recommends you get treated every month or two for a total of up to six sessions. So if you get started now, most of your unwanted hair will be gone by spring.
Take care of one area or several
Depending on your needs, we can remove unwanted hair from one or several areas. You can have smoother, hairless skin on your:
- Bikini line
Each session reduces your hair by about 10% to 25%. After you’ve reached the degree of silkiness you’ve aimed for, Dr Galope recommends touch-ups every six months to a year, or as needed.
Prepare for best results
Another reason to start now to get the results you want when warmer weather arrives is that laser hair removal works best when you’ve refrained from tweezing, waxing, or electrolysis for at least six weeks. To allow the laser’s energy to zero in on pigment, it’s best that the hair’s root still resides in the follicle. At the same time, the hairs themselves should not be too long, so you’ll be advised to shave about two days before your scheduled appointment.
You should also stay out of the sun and be sure to use sunscreen for at least six weeks before and six weeks after your laser sessions.
Getting zapped is like getting snapped
During your treatment, the specialist applies a numbing cream to keep you comfortable and gives you eye protection to wear. If you’ve ever been snapped by a rubber band, you have a pretty good idea of what your laser hair removal treatment will feel like. Each pulse of light creates a slight stinging or snapping sensation during your 10-20-minute session (per area).
In addition to the numbing cream beforehand, you can use ice packs to control the discomfort afterwards. For a few days, your skin may look and feel like it’s been sunburned. Be sure to continue using sunscreen to decrease the risk of skin discoloration.
Almost anyone can benefit
While early lasers required that you have a sharp contrast between the color of your skin and the color of the hair shafts in your follicles, the state-of-the-art lasers at Lasting Impressions Medical Aesthetics can handle a wider variety of skin and hair tones. As long as you have some difference in the shade of your skin and hair, your professional should be able to treat you effectively with laser hair removal.
Hairs fall out within two weeks
Just two weeks after your first session, you’ll notice many of the treated hairs falling out. After each scheduled treatment, you’ll have less and less unwanted hair. By the time you finish your series of sessions, you should notice about a 90-95% reduction in hairs in the treated areas.
Ready for a hair-free spring? Call our office in Fairlawn, New Jersey, today to set up your first laser hair removal session or click the “request appointment” button here on the website.