Summer is just around the corner, which means more time spent in swimsuits! However, this also requires showing more skin, and those with unwanted body hair are stuck with taking the time to remove it with shaving or waxing. However, there is another option that can save patients overall time and money with long-term results: laser hair removal! Read on for some things you should know about this treatment.
More than One Treatment is Needed
Laser hair removal usually requires 4-8 treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart. Because hair follicles have different growth cycles, treatments must be regularly scheduled to see best results. A noticeable reduction in hair growth can often be seen after 2-3 treatment sessions.
It Works Best with Darker Hair
Lasers target pigment or color in the hair follicles, so white or blonde hair might not respond as well to treatment as darker hair colors. Skin color can also play a role in specific lasers, however, modern lasers can deliver good results to people with all skin tones.
Side Effects are Temporary
Possible side effects of laser hair removal include mild swelling at the treatment site, slight redness, and temporary skin irritation and pigment changes in those with darker skin. An ice pack or cool compress can help with irritation.
Keep Out of the Sun
Following laser hair removal, it is very important to avoid sunbathing or tanning beds. Sunscreen must be worn after each treatment to help protect the skin.
Laser hair removal is an easy and effective option for removing unwanted body hair for both men and women. If you are interested in scheduling a laser hair removal consultation, contact our San Francisco Plastic Surgery office today.