Everyone wants to have smooth and hair-free skin, but options such as shaving and waxing can be exhausting. Not only do these options take time and energy, but the hair can grow back in as little as a day. If you are ready to enjoy a summer of hair-free skin, then you might want to consider scheduling laser hair removal treatments this winter.
Advances to Laser Hair Removal Technology
It was in 1983 that researchers discovered lasers could remove hair by destroying the follicles. Unfortunately, the original lasers could also cause skin damage within a short period of time.
Over the next 15 years, companies from around the world experimented with these lasers until they developed technology that could remove hair without harming the skin at all.
The lasers used today are incredibly advanced and will kill off the follicles to remove hair for anywhere from six months to years.
Starting Your Treatments During the Colder Months
Many people do not even think about removing hair until the weather begins to warm up and layers of clothes come off. What these individuals might not realize is that laser hair removal requires multiple appointments to be effective.
Most patients will need at least four to five treatments to remove all of the hair follicles in that particular area of the body.
You will begin to notice results after your first appointment, but completely hair-free skin will require some time.
Is Laser Hair Removal for Me?
Many people are unsure if they would be a good candidate for laser hair removal due to the length or color of their hair.
In the past, only those with lighter skin and darker hair would be able to enjoy the full benefits of this technology. This is because the wavelength of the lasers would only affect certain pigments in one’s skin and hair.
Modern lasers can be adjusted to any number of wavelengths, and this allows us to help people no matter the color of their skin or hair.
What to Expect
Before this treatment, the doctor will first speak with you about your medical history and any medication that they are on. They will also be able to give you an idea about what kind of results you should expect and how you can prepare for your first appointment.
As a general rule, you want the hair removal site to be chemical-free and as healthy as possible. This means that you should refrain from tanning, being out in the sun, or applying makeup to that area of the body.
Patients will also need to allow the hair to grow out slightly for the treatment to be as effective as possible.
With periodic treatments every 10 to 12 months, you will be able to enjoy smooth and hair-free skin throughout the year. Contact Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule your appointment.