Laser hair removal is a popular laser treatment. Multiple sessions are necessary to eliminate all the hairs as they cycle through their individual growth cycles.
Since white hair has no pigment to absorb the light energy from the laser, it won’t eliminate blond or white hairs. There are various reasons to seek this treatment, including permanent hair reduction and/or reducing ingrown hairs/folliculitis.
For the 4 weeks prior to treatment, you should not tan, have electrolysis or wax. You should also not use Retin A or AHA for 3 days prior, shave for 2 days prior or use Accutane during the 2 months prior.
It is suggested that testing be done initially to gauge reaction. The treatment can be performed on the face, underarms, bikini, also legs, arms, back, buttocks, abdomen and breasts. Usually, 3–6 sessions are needed.
There is no downtime associated with this treatment however you may feel as if you have a mild to moderate sunburn. There may be minor crusting or minor peeling of the surface layers of the skin, however over the counter Hydrocortisone Cream and Aloe Vera Gel may help with redness or inflammation of your skin. A detailed post-treatment plan will be given to you, which will provide guidance on skin care.
You should avoid direct sun exposure for 2–3 weeks after your treatment. If you do go in the sun, protect the treatment area with a sunblock of 30 SPF or higher.
Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 4–5 days following treatment. After treatment, hair may continue to grow out as if it were never even treated. Typically, this will occur for about two weeks and then these hairs will simply begin to fall out. You may, however, wax, tweeze, or shave four days after treatment. Once the hair is removed you should no longer wax, tweeze or use depilatories for the hair that grows back (usually in 4–6 weeks).
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