Laser Hair Removal Treatment – How does it work? (2021)

The skincare industry today offers many different ways of hair removal. There is waxing, threading, shaving, tweezing, but the one that stands out in terms of permanency and getting rid of the body hair is the laser hair removal treatment.

To understand how the process works, here is everything you need to know:

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a non-evasive technique that works in reducing and removing unwanted body hair. It is one of the most popular approaches in this area and a great option for those who have excess body hair and look for a way to efficiently deal with it.

What does the preparation process include?

The preparation process is very important for successful laser hair removal treatment. It consists of several issues that need to be followed like:

  • It is recommended to stay away from the sun a few days before the treatment because the procedure should not be performed on tanned skin;
  • It is suggested to avoid irritating the skin with any cosmetic products;
  • Do not wax or pluck the hair;
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs that might cause bleeding;
  • The procedure should not be done if you have an active infection.

Women with dark skin might need to apply a skin-bleaching compound to the treatment area.

How does the procedure work?

Before the treatment starts, the area that is going to be treated is cleaned. If it comes to sensitive skin, then a numbing gel can be used. As soon as the gel kicks in, the medical specialist starts to direct a beam of high-energy light to the particular area. The concentrated light affects the hair follicles, they absorb the laser that is attracted to the hair’s melanin pigment and the hair vaporizes instantly.

The length of the procedure depends on the area targeted. If there is a wider area to be covered then the procedure will last longer. Small areas can take up several minutes while larger areas for about an hour.

The feeling of the skin during the process feels like sunburn stings of a rubber band snapping. It is not a particularly enjoyable experience, but it is not very painful. As the hair vaporizes from the energy of the laser, a sulfurous smell might come up from the smoke puffs.

Due to the type of skin, different side effects might appear such as swelling, redness, discomfort, and skin irritation.

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