A Complete Guide to Laser Hair Removal
- Posted on: Feb 15 2022
Laser hair removal emerged in the 90s and is more popular than ever for good reason: it’s an effective and safe way to remove facial and body hair. Shaving, waxing, sugaring and other hair removal treatments all require a lot of time, resources and commitment to achieving hair-free skin. Contrarily, laser hair removal treatments require virtually no upkeep and provide permanent results.
If you’re someone who suffers from sensitive skin, ingrown hairs, bumps & redness post-shaving, stinging post-waxing, then laser hair removal is an excellent solution for you!
If you’ve been considering laser hair removal but don’t know where to start, we’ve crafted a complete guide to inform you of all the essentials you need to know about it.
How does laser hair removal work?
Lasers emit specific wavelengths of light that pass through the skin and specifically target the pigment within the hair. When enough energy is absorbed by the pigment, the follicle is permanently destroyed, thus the hair follicles will not grow back.
What are the most common areas for laser hair removal treatment?
Many body areas can be treated but the most common areas treated on women are the bikini, underarms, and lower legs. Men tend to treat their backs and chest.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Some may find laser hair removal treatment uncomfortable, but for the most part it’s tolerable. During the session, the lasers can feel like rubber band snaps and the skin can have a slight sunburn-like feel for several days post-treatment. Numbing cream can be applied to the treated area before the session if the patient requires it.
How do I prepare for a laser hair removal treatment?
Avoid sun exposure and self tanner before any laser treatment. For best results, shaving before your appointment is recommended. It will allow the laser to best target the root of the hair follicle and not the dead end of the hair.
While most people are good candidates for laser hair removal, it’s important to avoid laser hair removal if you are on specific medications that warn against sun exposure and if you are pregnant.
What do I do post-treatment?
Again, avoid sun exposure post-procedure to avoid post-inflammatory pigmentation. Also avoid hot water temperatures when bathing, favour shaving over waxing in between sessions, and apply a minimum of SPF 30 at all times.
How long does it take to see results?
Visible results will depend on the patient. Some can see results in as little as two sessions however most patients require on average between 4-6 sessions. It’s important to note that only hair follicles in the active stage of growth can be permanently destroyed. This is one of the reasons why multiple laser hair removal treatment sessions are needed in the same body area to achieve hair-free skin.
What type of laser hair removal treatment is available at MunkMD?
At MunkMD, we offer the Triton Hair Removal treatment, which is the first and only FDA approved hair removal device that uses multi-wavelength technologies to treat a wide range of hair removal concerns. Triton hair removal is suitable for:
- Light hair or skin
- Dark hair or skin
- Fine or coarse hair removal
- Medium complexion & thickness
- Stubborn hair removal
- Large body areas that require quick removal
- Small sensitive areas
Triton hair removal can be used to treat the most common areas— arms, underarms, chest, bikini line and the legs.
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