If you have a busy job and an active social life, you probably don’t want to spend large amounts of time plucking or shaving your unwanted hair. Further, you might be tired of spending money receiving professional waxing treatments. Instead of using these ineffective techniques, you should receive a series of laser hair removal treatments from Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA.
How Soon Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
We can use laser hair removal treatments to treat the unwanted hair on your legs, back, face, and many other locations. During your treatment, we will use a YAG laser to address this cosmetic issue. This treatment works very quickly, and your unwanted hair may start to shed after several weeks have passed. To achieve significant improvements in the appearance of your target area, you will usually need to receive multiple treatments.
You will probably receive four to eight appointments over a period of about six months. We will need to wait about four to six weeks between each of your laser treatments. Spacing out your removal sessions will allow us to achieve more dramatic results. After you have completed all of your appointments, your unwanted hair will be significantly reduced, and your skin will look smooth and attractive.
How Will My Laser Treatments Improve My Unwanted Hair?
During your laser hair removal appointments, we will use a powerful laser to target some of the unwanted hair in your desired location. This laser will send concentrated light energy into the roots of the actively growing hair follicles in your target area. This energy will heat up these follicles and cause them to become damaged. Damaging your follicles will cause these hairs to stop growing.
At any given time, some of your hairs will be in an active part of your growth cycle, and other hairs will be dormant. Our laser will target the hair follicles that are currently growing. To give your hair time to enter different phases of this cycle, we will space out your treatments. During each of your sessions, we will use our laser to send energy into different hair follicles. As you continue to receive laser treatments, your hair will become finer and less noticeable.
Why Should I Use This Technique To Remove My Unwanted Hair?
There are a number of reasons why you should think about using our laser technology to achieve hair-free, beautiful skin.
When you use waxing or at-home methods to remove your unwanted hair, you will probably have to spend a large amount of money to address this aesthetic problem. For example, you might need to regularly buy expensive razors. Alternatively, you might receive costly waxing sessions every week. You might struggle to fit these regular sessions into your weekly budget.
Fortunately, our laser treatments are very efficient and affordable. Once you have completed your treatment plan, you won’t need to spend your money on regular hair removal sessions. Instead, you’ll have more room in your budget for new outfits, travel expenses, and other leisure activities.
It’s Very Comfortable
When you shave your unwanted hair, you might injure or irritate your skin. When you use a tweezer, you might feel discomfort when you pull on the roots of your hair follicles. In contrast, we can use local anesthesia and other sophisticated techniques to provide you with a tranquil, relaxing experience during your laser treatment.
It Will Improve Your Skin
Shaving or plucking the hair on your legs or face can also cause you to develop ingrown hairs. This problem occurs when one of your hairs is growing under the top layer of your skin. This condition can cause you to experience irritation, infections, and other problems. During your laser treatment, we will reduce your chance of experiencing this issue by stopping your unwanted hair from continuing to grow.
It Will Save You Time
If you manage your unwanted hair on your own, you probably spend a long time shaving or using at-home waxing kits. This time commitment can prevent you from attending social events, going to exercise classes, and enjoying other leisure activities. When you receive a series of professional laser hair removal treatments, you’ll enjoy hair-free skin for a long time. Instead of regularly waxing or shaving, you’ll be able to focus on more enjoyable tasks.
How Will I Begin the Process of Improving My Unwanted Hair?
Before we use our laser to eliminate your unwanted hair, you’ll need to have a personalized consultation with us. During this important meeting, we will talk about this treatment and give you an opportunity to ask questions about the hair removal process. In addition, we will look at the skin and hair in your desired target locations.
You should be ready to tell us about your skincare routine and any medications that you are currently taking. In addition, you should let us know if you are planning to spend a significant amount of time outside or go on a vacation in a sunny location. Since we will recommend avoiding extensive sun exposure after you receive this treatment, you should not get this treatment immediately before a beach vacation.
How Should I Prepare for My Initial Laser Treatment?
You’ll need to make some small adjustments to your beauty habits during the weeks before your first removal session.
Adjusting Your Routine
Waxing or plucking will remove the roots of your follicles and prevent our laser from improving these hairs. To avoid this problem, you’ll need to stop plucking or waxing the hair in your target area for about six weeks.
Fortunately, you won’t need to grow out the hairs in your target area during this time. In fact, having excessively long hair could prevent you from achieving optimal results during your laser sessions. As a result, you should continue to shave your unwanted hair during the weeks before your appointment. In addition, we will instruct you to arrive at our office with freshly shaven hair.
Pampering Your Skin
You’ll need to avoid using powerful beauty products that could cause you to develop a rash or other skin problem. During our consultation, we will review all of the skincare products that you are using and tell you how to temporarily change your skincare routine.
Avoiding the Sun
Spending too much time in the sun can cause you to develop wrinkles, dark spots, and other aesthetic issues. In addition, receiving excessive sun exposure before your aesthetic treatment may alter your skin’s response to our laser energy. As a result, you should not get a tan or receive a large amount of sun exposure for about six weeks before each of your laser treatments.
In addition, you will not be able to use this hair removal treatment while you have a sunburn. You can avoid this issue by wearing strong sunscreen and using hats and long-sleeved shirts to protect your skin.
Arriving at Our Office
On the day of your appointment, you should not use skincare products or wear makeup. Further, if we are going to remove the hair on your legs, back, or chest, you should wear comfortable, loose clothing to your appointment.
What Should I Expect During My Laser Treatment?
We will begin each of your laser treatments by giving you protective eyeglasses. You should keep these glasses on while we are sending laser energy into your unwanted hair. Next, we may put topical anesthesia onto your target area. This anesthetic will allow you to relax during the next phase of your treatment. In addition to numbing your skin, we will use a special machine to blow cool air over your target area.
As this air is cooling your skin, we will use a handheld device to send laser energy into your hair follicles. The length of your laser treatment will depend on the amount of hair that you are targeting. If you are trying to remove hair on your upper lip, your session may last for about five minutes. If you are removing hair on your legs or back, your laser treatment will take longer to complete.
What Will Happen After My Laser Treatment Is Complete?
Once we turn off our laser and complete your session, you can drive to your office, go shopping, or perform other daily tasks. While you are adjusting to this hair removal treatment, you will need to stay out of the sun and avoid using exfoliants and other harsh beauty products. In addition, you should not exercise during the next 24 hours.
While your skin is recovering, you should not receive a chemical peel, microneedling session, or other aesthetic treatment that affects your target area. During the next several weeks, the hair in your treatment area will start to fall out. If you would like to speed up your results, you can use a washcloth to gently exfoliate your skin.
How Long Will My Laser Treatment Last?
Under some circumstances, receiving a series of laser treatments will permanently remove the unwanted hair in your desired location. Alternatively, your skin may remain hair-free for six to 12 months. After this point, your hair may begin to regrow. It’s common for this regrowth to be lighter and less noticeable.
If you would like to maintain hair-free skin, you can address your regrowth by receiving periodic laser sessions. For example, you might receive one to three sessions every year. We can design a specific schedule after you complete your initial laser sessions.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Hair Removal Treatment?
If you have unwanted hair on your face, legs, back, or other locations, you should think about using this technique to enhance your look. Since we will use a gentle YAG laser, you will probably be a good candidate for this treatment.
However, you will need to meet certain health requirements to use this technique. In particular, you might not be able to receive a laser treatment if you have very sensitive skin or if you take certain types of medications. In addition, you might not be a good candidate if you have very thick, coarse hair. Similarly, if you have red, gray, or blonde hair, this treatment may not be a good option for you.
Address Your Unwanted Hair
You shouldn’t have to spend years using uncomfortable techniques to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. Instead of using expensive, ineffective methods to temporarily address this aesthetic problem, you should receive laser hair removal treatments. To achieve significant improvements in your unwanted hair, contact us at Peachtree Dermatology in Atlanta, GA to schedule a laser treatment today.