Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around. Its safety and effectiveness has been backed up by years of research and product development. This has meant that the technology used for treatments is constantly improving, with more precise light energy and cooler skin-protecting technologies making it easier and safer to use for different types of skin and hair.
However, it is important to make sure you choose the right practitioner for your treatment. Look for someone on a register to check that they meet set standards in training, skill and insurance. You should also avoid salons or spas that have nonmedical laser hair removal madison wi staff performing these treatments, and opt for clinics that specialise in the specific area of the face or body you’re having treated.
During the session, your practitioner will press a handheld device against your skin and then trigger the laser. You will feel a sensation like rubber bands snapping on the skin, or you may experience a sunburn-like sting as the laser energy heats up the pigment in your hair and vaporises it. Some people experience pain during the treatment, but it is usually milder than waxing. Using an anesthetic cream before your session can help to minimize any discomfort.
You will need a series of sessions to permanently reduce your hair growth. The number of treatments varies from person to person, depending on how much hair you want removed and your hair’s growth cycle. For example, if you have very coarse hair that grows quickly, you will need more treatments than if you have fine, soft hair that grows slowly.
It’s important to follow your practitioner’s advice for the best results, such as avoiding the sun and using a high-factor sunscreen when you go out, even after your treatment. You may also find that your skin is a little sensitive for a few days after the treatment, but this will fade.
Laser treatment is safe for most skin types, and it’s recommended if you have lighter skin tones that you use a specialist laser system that’s approved by Health Canada for your specific type of skin. This is because darker skin can be prone to burning and skin discolouration if the wrong laser technology is used. At Lazer Lounge, we use the industry-preferred Candela GentleMAX laser system, which is designed to be safe and effective on all skin types.
It’s also important to follow your practitioner’s advice on how often you should have laser treatment. This is generally every four to six weeks for facial hair, and six to eight weeks for body hair. Most patients need a total of six to 12 treatments, and touch-up treatments are generally needed yearly. If you are experiencing pain or other side effects after your treatment, contact the practitioner who performed it. If you can’t reach them, visit your GP or go to an accident and emergency department. It is possible that some new hair could grow in the treated area, but this is rare and is most likely due to hormonal fluctuations.