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How Effective Is Laser Hair Removal?

Gone are the days of taking precious time out of your day to sit through a painful waxing session. You can throw out your depilatory creams that leave your skin burning, and you don’t have to worry about whether your shaving cream is expired or your razor blades are dull. With laser hair removal at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR, you will enjoy quick, painless, effective, long-lasting hair removal results. Here’s what you need to know about this treatment.

How Effective Is Laser Hair Removal?

Individual results vary, but you can expect laser hair removal to eliminate at least nine-tenths of the hair growth in a targeted area. However, it is important to understand how this treatment works. Laser therapy can only be used to target hair follicles in the targeted area that is actively growing hairs. Since no region of the body has 100% of its hair follicles in the active phase at once, you will need several treatment sessions to achieve your desired results.

Please note that the efficacy of this treatment is affected, in part, by your hair color. The more contrast there is between the color of your skin and the color of your hair, the more effective this treatment is. Therefore, if your hair is red, yellow, or gray, you may need more treatment sessions to achieve your desired results. On the other hand, if you have pale skin and dark hair, you may need fewer treatment sessions.

How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?

Numerous factors affect how many treatment sessions you will need, including what your goals are. If you just want to thin out the hair in an area, like your upper lip or chin, you may only need a couple of treatment sessions to enjoy satisfactory results. On the other hand, you may need eight to 10 treatment sessions if your goal is to achieve total hair removal.

You can’t do anything about your hair color. However, you can make this treatment more effective by not tanning prior to your treatment session. For example, you should not use any tanning sprays or creams that will make your skin darker and closer to the color of your hair. It is even more important that you do not tan by sunbathing or using a tanning bed because UV exposure can help your skin.

Will Shaving Make My Treatment More Effective?

Shaving prior to your treatment session may make your treatment more effective. This treatment is most effective when the hairs in the treatment areas are roughly 0.25″ long. Therefore, if your hairs are long, you should trim them. Just make sure you don’t cut yourself or otherwise irritate your skin.

How Long Will the Results of This Treatment Last?

You can expect the results of laser hair removal to last a lifetime. This is because laser therapy doesn’t just make your hairs fall out. It also destroys the hair follicles that are in the growth phase. Once these hair follicles are burned to death, you shouldn’t expect your body to make new hair follicles to replace them. However, you should be aware that certain medical conditions, such as a severe hormone imbalance, may result in future unwanted hair growth.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?

Most healthy adults who want to get rid of unwanted hair for good will qualify for this treatment. However, it is not right for everyone with concerns about unwanted hair. For example, this treatment cannot be used to get rid of a unibrow or thin out very thick eyebrows. Also, it is not appropriate for individuals who are pregnant or suffering from photosensitivity. Furthermore, you will not qualify for this treatment if you take medications that cause photosensitivity.

Where Can This Treatment Be Used?

To reiterate, you can’t use this treatment to remove unwanted eyebrow hair. However, you can use it to remove unwanted hair from just about everywhere else. For example, you can use laser hair removal to remove unwanted facial hair from your lower face. You can also use it to remove unwanted hair from your arms and underarms, torso, legs, and pubic region.

Keep in mind, though, that it is vital that your skin is not irritated at the time of your appointment. Therefore, to qualify for this treatment, you need to make sure that your treatment areas are not damaged by excessive sun or wind exposure at the time of your appointment. Another important preparation step you need to take is to stop taking certain medications. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on what drugs you need to not take before your session.

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Laser hair removal is incredibly effective. Individual results vary, but you can expect it to destroy at least 90% of the hair follicles in the growth phase in the treatment area. Another benefit of this treatment is that you can expect your results to last a lifetime. Once your course of treatment is complete, you will never have to shave or wax again. Contact us today at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR to schedule your initial evaluation and learn more about this treatment.