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  • How the Laser Hair Process Removal Works

    May 18, 2014
  • If you're tired of dealing with red bumps, scraped skin, and ingrown hairs, medical spa services such as laser hair removal may be the ideal treatment for you. This procedure not only removes unwanted leg hair, it also works for your face, underarms, and anywhere else you have unsightly or irritating hair. Laser hair removal will leave your skin smooth and clear. Best of all, these medical spa services have permanent results for over 90 percent of clients who have it performed. If you've been considering laser hair removal, here's a walk through the process from beginning to end so you'll know what to expect.

    Before Your Appointment

    Before you have laser hair removal, do not tweeze or wax the areas that will be treated for six weeks prior to your scheduled session. Hair removal targets the hairs at the root, and tweezing and waxing temporarily removes these roots. Shaving is fine because it does not reach the roots. It is also important to avoid exposure to sunlight for the two weeks before and two weeks after your laser treatment. It reduces the effectiveness and can cause complications after your medical spa services are complete.

    On the day before your scheduled medical spa services, you should shave the area that is going to be treated the next day. A cooling anesthetic gel may be applied topically to the area to reduce any potential discomfort caused by the laser. Some types of lasers will also require protective eyewear be worn during the treatment, and if yours does you will be given eye protection to wear during the medical spa services.

    During the Procedure

    Once you have been properly prepared for your medical spa services, the laser hair removal begins. The technician will adjust the laser according to the Fitzpatrick type - a rating scale that takes into account one's ethnicity, skin's response to burning and other considerations. Then the laser will create a pulse of light that targets the roots of the hairs while the technician observes your skin for any negative reactions. After making any necessary adjustments to the laser, the treatment will continue until completed. Although this treatment is usually painless, you may experience a slight warmth or snapping feeling on your skin. The duration of the treatment depends largely on the size of the area where the hair is being removed. Back hair may take about one hour, while hair over your lip will take only minutes.

    After Your Laser Hair Removal

    Once your treatment is finished, your skin may be red for a few hours. You'll want to stay out of the sun for the first 48 hours completely, and then apply SPF 30 sunscreen for the next 6 weeks to protect the skin while it adjusts. Treatments are generally spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, so these precautions should be taken in between each appointment, otherwise your next appointment will be compromised and you'll have to wait longer to book it. Six weeks after your final treatment, after you can bask in the sun again, be sure to still apply sunscreen if you're taking in a lot of sun. You will begin to shed hair a few weeks after your medical spa services and will notice a 70% to 80% reduction in growth. This is normal, and a sign the treatment is working.

    Laser hair removal is a simple, effective way to permanently rid yourself of unwanted hair. Your skin will always remain smooth and free of cuts and razor burn, making this an appealing long-term solution. Whether you have unsightly hair on your upper lip or don't want to have to shave your legs anymore, laser medical spa services are the solution.

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