Extra hair on your skin can be unwanted and uncomfortable. You can shave it off, but the hair tends to grow thicker when it comes back and the growth process is very itchy. On the other hand, you can wax, but the process seems comparatively painful.
Although it’s an investment on your part, laser hair removal is one, if not the best, technique for hair removal that is available today. Let’s find out what it is, and how you can take care of your skin after every session to ensure it remains healthy and free from damage.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Before the hair removal, you’re given an anesthetic cream to numb the local area where the hair is to be removed. You’re also issued special goggles to protect your eyes from the high intensity laser. Using an emitter, the dermatologist or skin care expert will apply light pulses on the part of the skin where hair is to be removed. The laser works to burn the hair follicles to retard their growth. This it does by damaging the melanin in the skin that fosters hair growth.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
While it does burn the skin, there is no prolonged exposure involved that could cause serious scalds on the skin. What the surgeon uses, however, is light that is emitted in pulses so there’s a rest period in between. You will be given topical anesthesia, of course, but patients report that they feel a slight sensation while the laser is in use. The sensation is comparable to the dull ache when a rubber band hits your skin with force. If the heat is relatively unbearable, the surgeon can also apply cooling packs intermittently throughout the session.
How to Take Care of Skin Before and After Sessions
Laser hair removal is not a one-time procedure. To get the best effects out of this, you will need to return 4 to 8 weeks after the initial procedure for a follow up session. Be sure to observe the following skin care tips to keep your skin in top shape before your next session:
a) Regularly apply exfoliating cream to the affected area
Exfoliating cream will moisturize the skin and facilitate smooth removal of the cells that have been killed during the procedure. It also facilitates elimination of other debris that could irritate your skin.
b) Do not pluck or wax new hair
This will temporarily deactivate the hair follicles, not stopping hair growth completely. When you observe new hair growing out of the area treated by the laser, make sure not to pluck or wax the hair. Shaving and cutting is acceptable, however.
Similarly, do not tweeze, wax or pluck hair three weeks before you plan to visit the dermatology clinic.
c) Protect your skin with sunscreen
Your skin complexion is important and will enhance the effects of the procedure. Avoid getting sunburnt between removal sessions. Regularly apply sunscreen lotions with a Sun Protection Factor rating of 30 or higher to protect yourself from sunburn.
d) Avoid irritating the skin
Do not apply makeup or perfume to the treated area for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
Contact us now at Lucere and see if laser hair removal is something that works for you. Call us today!