It seems these days, if you don’t like something about the way you look, you can just walk into a Dr’s office and change it. While that is true for the most part it’s not always affordable for most people outside of Hollywood or the top income brackets. However, one treatment that has soared in popularity over the last decade and it is affordable to most people. Yes, despite the risks with laser hair removal it has become more accessible to the masses. The buzz about laser hair removal is growing more and more every day and there are good reasons why. If you have areas of unwanted or excess body hair then laser hair removal may be the option for you but read up on it and see for yourself.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most common aesthetic services offered today. It simply uses highly concentrated light beams focused on your hair follicle which destroys the follicle, keeping hair from growing there again. It is highly effective but there are some misunderstood risks with laser hair removal.
What Are These Risks With Laser Hair Removal?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with these type of aesthetic services. Risks of some possible side effects include:
Skin irritation – After treatment, some patients may experience some discomfort along the lines of a sunburn but this is temporary and within a few hours is gone.
Pigment changes – Some patients may also experience darkening or lightening of the skin where the treatment is applied. This too is very temporary.
It is also worth noting, however, that many of adverse side effects are a direct result of the aesthetician not the actual laser, or in some cases the patient’s skin pigmentation. This is why it is important to choose a professional with substantial experiences such as Dr. Nguyen and his staff at MD Skincare & Laser.
What Are The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Since we’ve already covered the minimal risks associated with laser hair removal, let’s look at the benefits. Hair growth in certain areas of the body including the underarms, back and groin area can be problematic for many people. It can cause irritation such as ingrown hairs when trimmed or shaved. Laser hair removal cures this problem in a precise and fastidious manner that with most patients are a permanent cure within 3 to 6 sessions depending on the severity of hair growth. It has quite the advantage over shaving and trimming and over the years, what you save in blades, time and expensive shaving balms can nearly equal the costs of the procedure.
How To Prepare For The Procedure
Laser hair removal is not some hourly average joe “zapping” your hair off. It is actually one of many medical aesthetic services that require extensive training and education prior to working with a patient.
Prior to going for the treatment you should not pluck, wax or use any kind of hair removal method for about six weeks prior to your treatment or it will not be effective. The hairs roots need to be intact to absorb the laser light.
Sun exposure should be very limited six weeks before as well, as this inhibits the impact of the effects of the laser on the follicles.
What To Expect During The Procedure
When you come in for your procedure the area that will be treated will be trimmed to where it is just above the surface of your skin. Then the laser will be customized to your skin pigment, hair color, location and thickness of your hair.
Because it is still a laser you and the laser technician will receive protective eyewear. Your skin will have a protective gel applied to it, this helps protect the skin and help the laser penetrate to your follicles.
A test area will then be chosen and several pulses of light will be applied to the skin to check for adjustments and any negative reactions of the skin, which is rare.
After each treatment you are given ice packs, cooling cream or gel packs to ease discomfort if any. Subsequent treatments will be scheduled 4 to 6 weeks out apart until the hair ceases to re-grow.
Is This The Solution You’ve Been Seeking?
Laser hair removal has given relief to many of our patients who suffer from excess body hair or growth in unwanted areas. It is also helpful to save grooming time in areas such as the face and legs. Contact Dr. Nguyen today to schedule a consultation with the best laser hair removal expert in the Houston area.