It is best to start laser hair removal at the end of summer, or even in autumn or winter. Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments that are staggered to each other. You'll likely see results right after treatment, although results vary from patient to patient. The color and thickness of the hair, the area treated, the type of laser used, and the color of the skin all affect the results.
On average, you can expect hair reduction between 10% and 25% after the first treatment. To remove hair, most patients need 2 to 6 laser treatments. After finishing treatments, most patients do not see any hairs on the treated skin for several months or even years. When hair grows back, there tends to be less of it and it is usually thinner and lighter in color.
This varies from patient to patient. Most patients can have laser hair removal once every 4 to 6 weeks. Your dermatologist will tell you when it's safe to receive another treatment. Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
During laser hair removal, the laser energy of the device penetrates the skin and focuses on the hair follicle. The energy is directed to the darker pigment in the follicle and the more contrast between skin and hair, the more effective the treatment becomes. The hairs don't fall out immediately, but it will fall out over a period of days to weeks. This may look like continuous hair growth.
Repeated treatments are often necessary because hair growth and loss occur naturally in one cycle, and laser treatment works best with hair follicles in the regrowth stage. Unwanted hair can cause a lot of insecurity, for both men and women. Most temporary removal procedures, such as shaving or waxing, can be painful, harmful to the skin, and need to be repeated often. Laser hair removal offers a quick and permanent solution, and treatments can be performed all over the body and face.
While effectiveness and frequency vary depending on the darkness of the skin and hair, as well as the thickness of the hair, it is often an effective treatment for permanent hair removal. At Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center in Brooklyn, New York, our laser experts ensure that clients receive information about pre- and post-treatment instructions before undergoing laser hair removal. It is very important to follow these instructions for laser hair removal that we offer for all skin types to ensure excellent results. SHAVE the area where laser hair removal will be performed one day before the scheduled appointment.
The treated area should be treated with delicacy; do not rub or scratch it. If you decide to use a home laser hair removal device, follow the instructions that come with it to help reduce the risk of injury, especially eye injury. If you're interested in laser hair removal, choose a doctor who is certified in a specialty such as dermatology or cosmetic surgery and who has experience in laser hair removal for your skin type. Fortunately, at Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center we use lasers with a cooling mechanism (basically a blast of cold air that is constantly running right where the laser is pointing) that really helps reduce discomfort during treatment.
After laser hair removal treatment, your skin is sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light and you should protect it from the sun with sunscreen. If you plan to undergo laser hair removal, you should limit hair removal, waxing and electrolysis for six weeks prior to treatment. With a significant contrast between hair and skin, spring laser hair removal treatments are more productive and remove hair faster than in summer and autumn. Several laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments may also be needed.
Most people report a permanent 90 percent reduction in hair growth after an average of three to six sessions; however fluctuating hormones can cause some regrowth over time. Laser therapy works on all skin types from light to dark and is safe and effective on most hair colors and types from fine blonde hair to thick dark locks. After laser hair removal and between scheduled treatments avoid sunlight and don't use a tanning bed for six weeks or as directed by your doctor. Typically, the laser hair removal process can take around six months with appointments every four to six weeks.