Laser hair removal is one of the top cosmetic treatments performed today. It is a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted hair from the face, legs, bikini area, chest, back and underarms. For people who spend hours plucking, waxing and shaving, this is the best option to have smooth, hairless skin for months.
Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments, which is why it is considered optimal to start treatments in the Fall. The main reason is that the treated area must not be exposed to direct sunlight for a week or more. Since multiple treatments are usually required for the best results, the Fall and Winter months are good because you will naturally be wearing covering clothing.
The lasers used for hair removal target the pigment or melanin in the hair follicle. The laser light heats the pigment and destroys the follicle so that it cannot regrow hair. Since hair grows in stages, multiple treatments are needed to get the best results because the treatment only works during the growth stage.
Precision is another great advantage of laser hair removal. For hair on your upper lip or chin, the laser can treat one hair at a time and usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes. For larger areas, such as the back, chest and legs, each pulse may remove an area about the size of a quarter.
The treatments may be spaced about four to six weeks apart, and the skin in the treated area may feel like it is sunburned. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories will help with any discomfort, but the treated area should be covered. If you start treatments in the Fall, by the time you want to wear Spring and Summer clothing, your skin will be smooth and hair-free.
During a consultation with our specialists at Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center, you can learn more about laser hair removal and how it will benefit you. You may also be asked about any medications you are taking. Our trained technicians will give you a thorough pre and post-treatment plan.
For at least four weeks before treatment, you should not wax, pluck or have electrolysis to remove unwanted hair. You should also not sunbathe. You may shave or use depilatories because these do not affect the follicle. You may even be asked to shave a day or two before your treatment.
Laser hair removal technology has advanced in recent years. This is the main reason why it is important to consult with our experts at Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center to determine your best option for smooth skin all year long. Our office is located in Oklahoma City. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.