Shaving, plucking, and waxing are all parts of a regular aesthetic routine that individuals of all ages, men and women alike, dread. In addition to being monotonous and sometimes unenjoyable, it can also cause nuisance side effects such as razor burn or nicks and cuts. Luckily, Khrom Dermatology & Aesthetics in Brooklyn, NY offers professional laser hair removal. If you have been curious about this long-term method of hair reduction, we discuss some common laser hair removal facts below that can provide you more insight into one of our most popular treatment options.
Laser hair removal can be used on many different areas of the body
When thinking about permanent hair removal, most individuals think of the areas that we shave most commonly (face, legs, underarms). But laser hair removal can also eliminate hair in many other areas of the body such as the back, the bikini area, between the eyebrows, above the upper lip, and other locations.
Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle, which absorbs the laser light energy and turns it into heat that destroys the follicle, preventing future hair growth.
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has noted that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States and the percentage of individuals receiving treatment increases every year.
At Khrom Dermatology, we utilize the SPLENDOR X laser hair removal system. The SPLENDOR X combines two different lasers for effective, tailored coverage on the skin. With a built-in cooling system, this treatment is comfortable and highly customizable for use on men and women of all different skin and hair types.
Benefits of Splendor X:
- It can be used on a variety of skin types—even tanned skin
- Faster sessions
- Fewer sessions
- Comfortable treatment
- Long lasting result
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Laser hair removal only targets hair in the active growth phase
Hair grows in three different phases: anagen (growth), catagen (transition), and telogen (resting). During the anagen phase, the hair is actively growing from the follicle. At any given time, only about 20% of hair is actively growing.
Laser hair removal only works on hair that is in the growth, or anagen, phase. Because of this, multiple laser hair removal sessions are needed to permanently reduce as much unwanted hair as possible. The amount of sessions required varies per individual and area treated. In most cases, six to ten treatment sessions are needed for the best results.
You can shave prior to laser hair removal, but plucking and waxing should be avoided for several weeks
During treatment, the laser targets and latches onto the hair growing out of the follicle. If you shave the day prior to your appointment, there is enough hair for the laser to attach to without burning the skin’s surface. Plucking and waxing actually remove the hair versus cutting it, which doesn’t leave enough hair for the laser.
Laser hair removal should be performed by an experienced professional
Laser hair removal services need to be tailored to the type and color of skin and hair that you have. It’s important to seek out a professional who has been trained in the proper and effective use of their equipment in order to provide optimal results with minimal side effects or complications.
Laser hair removal does not provide permanent, full removal
Successful laser hair removal will provide dramatic permanent hair reduction. After a series of treatments, most individuals see little to no hair growth. However, there is no way to guarantee complete, permanent elimination of unwanted hair. Most individuals, particularly those that go through hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause, will eventually see some growth of stubborn hairs. Maintenance treatments once per year can often address any new growth that has occurred.
Laser hair removal treatments are often less painful that traditional hair method removal techniques
Most individuals find laser hair removal treatments to be tolerable, comparing them to the sensation of a light rubber band snap. Individuals with dark or coarse hair will feel the treatment more than those with light hair. Numbing creams can be used to make the treatment more comfortable.
Before And After Actual Results Of Laser Hair Removal
* Individual results may vary
Laser hair removal doesn’t work for everyone
In general, individuals with lighter hairs (blonde, red, gray) will not have enough pigment for effective laser treatment. During a consultation, the provider will be able to determine if you will experience successful results with laser hair removal.
It’s also important to note that laser hair removal is not appropriate for someone who has an active infection, open wound, viral or fungal disease, active cold sore, or inflammation in the treatment area. Laser hair removal should not be performed on an area where there is a tattoo, as it can cause the tattoo to fade or burn the area of skin.
Laser hair removal can really save you time
Some individuals are unhappy to find out that laser hair removal requires multiple sessions over the course of several weeks/months for optimal results, but in the end, you will still save a great deal of time. While there is a short-term time commitment on the front end, if you sit down and think about all the time spent shaving, waxing, and plucking on a daily basis, laser hair removal ends up being a time saver in the long run.
Laser hair removal has minimal side effects
When performed by an experienced professional, laser hair removal has minimal side effects. It’s normal to experience some irritation or redness following a session, but this will disappear after a few days.
You must protect your skin after laser hair removal
Prolonged sun exposure after laser hair removal can lead to pigmentation issues. It’s important to use sunscreen following your treatment and minimize the skin’s exposure to the sun.
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If you are tired of the monotonous task of daily hair removal, you may be a perfect candidate for laser hair removal. To determine if laser hair removal is right for you, the first step is to schedule a consultation at Khrom Dermatology in Brooklyn, NY by calling 718-615-4002 today.