Laser Hair Removal: You’ll Wonder Why You Waited So Long

Unwanted hair can impact your appearance, your confidence level, and how people perceive you. Most people, especially women, deal with some areas of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and long-lasting.

How it works

Hair all over your body follows a three-stage cycle: anagen, catagen, and telogen. At any given time, some percentage of your hair is in each of those stages.

Think of the anagen phase as the growth phase. Laser hair removal treatments target the hairs that are in the anagen stage. This is why you’ll need multiple treatments — some of your hair will be in the catagen and telogen phases and won’t be damaged during your initial treatment.

During the anagen phase, your hair is actively growing, then the follicle shrinks and the hair rests during the catagen phase. Finally, the hair will weaken and break free and the cycle is complete with the telogen phase.

When you have laser hair removal, the light energy from the laser is absorbed by the pigment, called melanin, in your hair follicle, beneath your skin. The laser damages the follicle and renders it unable to grow hair.

Why you’ll love it

Laser hair removal doesn’t completely stop hair growth, but it slows it down so much that you will need only occasional maintenance treatments. You can stop buying razors, put down the tweezers, and say goodbye to the wax.

You can have laser hair removal on almost any part of your body — it’s not recommended for the area immediately around your eyes. It works as well on larger areas as it does on small ones, so whether you want to have your legs or your upper lip treated, you’ll have equally good results.

Although it’s nowhere near as painful as waxing, you may feel a bit of discomfort. If that’s the case, the staff here at the Integrative Laser Center of Washington will use a numbing cream so you stay comfortable through the process. The more treatments you have, the less discomfort you’ll feel because your hair becomes finer and easier to treat over time.

You won’t need any recovery time, either. The length of your treatment depends on what area of your body is being treated, but afterward, you can return to your normal daily activities. Your skin may be slightly red, such as you might experience with a mild sunburn, but that side effect should dissipate within a day or two, maybe only a few hours.

You don’t have to stop shaving before laser treatment, but you shouldn’t wax or pluck the area that will be treated. The laser damages the root of your hair, and waxing or plucking can remove it.

Because the melanin in your hair absorbs the energy from the laser, which causes the damage, people who have lighter skin and darker hair usually have better results than those who have similarly colored hair and skin. However, if you’re in that second group, it doesn’t mean that laser hair removal won’t work for you.

You should avoid tanning for several weeks before treatment, as well as for some time afterward. The laser can make your skin sensitive, making sun protection important.

If you are curious about whether laser hair removal will work for you, book an appointment for a consultation with us online or by phone at Integrative Laser Center of Washington. You may be able to throw out your razors and tweezers sooner than you think!

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