Summer is just around the corner, which means more time spent at the beach, more time in bathing suits, and more time showing skin. No one wants to spend their time worrying about unwanted body hair, and shaving and waxing can be time-consuming and cause irritating bumps and ingrown hairs. Thankfully, laser hair removal is a popular option that can help to remove unwanted hair long-term. Read on to learn what you should know about laser hair removal.
It Works Best with Darker Hair
Lasers target pigment or color in the hair follicles, so white or blonde hair may not respond as well to permanent hair removal as darker colored hair. Skin color can also play a role in specific lasers.
It’s Generally Well-Tolerated
While laser energy does convert heat to damage the hair follicle, there are cooling mechanisms that can help to make the treatment more comfortable. Patients may experience a quick, sharp pain in more sensitive areas, but it is generally well-tolerated.
Avoid the Sun
Following treatment, it is very important to avoid spending extended periods of time in the sun or using tanning beds. Patients should wear sunscreen after each treatment to ensure optimal results.
While patients are instructed to shave a few hours before their laser hair removal appointment, it is important that they do not pluck or wax. This is because the laser needs to target pigment within the hair follicles, which are removed by plucking and waxing.
The overall cost of your laser hair removal treatment will depend on the size of the treatment area and the number of treatments needed. This can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Golosow.
If you are interested in laser hair removal for smoother, silkier skin this summer, contact our Fort Myers office today to schedule a consultation!