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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | How Laser Hair Removal Works

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal is an incredible option in your skincare arsenal because it gives you the ability to get rid of all your unwanted body hair without the repetitive hassle of shaving or waxing. We want to help you get better results than you ever thought possible by giving you a few hints on proper skin preparation and what to expect before your first laser hair removal appointment at the dermatologist’s office.

Breaking Down Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal might sound a little intimidating, but it is the ultimate step in achieving smooth, hairless skin. Wondering how this magic device gets the job done? It works by aiming a concentrated laser at unwanted hair. The hair follicle absorbs the energy and light from the laser, and the energy damages the follicle enough to stop hair growth. Though dark, thick hair tends to be the most stubborn to remove by yourself, laser hair removal actually tends to work best on dark, coarse, thick hair. There’s no limit to the places that laser hair removal will work, though the most common areas treated are the upper lip, chin, bikini, and underarms.

How To Best Prepare Your Skin For The Best Outcome

In order to have the best outcome from your treatment, there are a couple steps to help you prepare before you enter the dermatologist’s office. Like any hair removal procedure, it is important that you stop waxing, plucking, tweezing, and bleaching a month before your first session. The root of the hair follicle must stay intact for the laser treatment to work. Prior to your appointment, try exfoliating your desired treatment area with the Daily Exfoliating Body Therapy Lotion. Exfoliating before your appointment will remove all the dead cells on the surface of your skin to better help the laser work on your follicles.

What Happens at Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment

The first question people always ask is, “Does it hurt?” The quick answer is, not really! There have been many steps taken to make the laser hair removal sessions more comfortable. With a numbing topical anesthetic, some say that the treatment feels like a rubber band snapping or a light pinch. To get the best results from the laser hair removal process, it takes a few sessions to completely damage all the hair follicles you'd like to stop from growing. Your dermatologist will recommend the number of sessions best suited for your desired treatment area, hair type and pigment. Hair growth varies by individual, but just make sure to follow through on all your sessions! It might seem like your hair growth has subdued, but hair will continue to grow back after some time if you don’t complete all your sessions. All it takes are six to eight sessions for full hair removal that will last you forever.

Post-Session Secrets to Success

Sunscreen is the secret to most skincare success, so it’s no surprise that it is the perfect product for after your laser hair removal sessions. Since sun avoidance is advised after removal treatments, wearing sunscreen will protect your skin in between sessions to make sure they're as effective as possible. In addition, use a moisturizer. Applying moisturizer before your session can interfere with the effectiveness of the laser, but using a moisturizer after will help maintain hydration that your skin might been missing. In between sessions, it is best to continue to shave the area regularly instead of waxing or threading. And as Dr. Schultz often says about achieving smooth, soft skin, “There are three skincare products that you need to use everyday and gentle chemical exfoliants are one of them.” This advice still carries over even after your laser hair removal session. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Laser hair removal is a no-brainer for those dealing with unwanted body hair on a normal basis. A more permanent solution like this gives you peace of mind when you think of all the time you will save when you cut out waxing and shaving from your routine. No more buying razors or wax strips. And by taking these steps to care for your skin before and after getting laser hair removal, you’re helping to ensure your smoothest, softest looking skin!

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