The biggest complaint we hear about laser hair removal is patients have to avoid sun exposure before, during, and after treatment to decrease the chance of hyperpigmentation. Each year spring rolls back around and sundresses and shorts become the clothing of choice. Women who don’t want to spend the summer shaving their legs and men who are looking for a more permanent option for removing undesirable body hair on areas like their back begin considering laser hair removal, but then realize they won’t be able to enjoy as much time in the sun. Instead of keeping your skin hidden during the spring or summer when you’d rather show it off, we invite you to plan ahead this year and get laser hair removal during the months your skin is covered.
Although you still have a few more weeks to enjoy summertime weather here in Atlanta, it’s the perfect time to start planning your laser hair removal treatments. In order to achieve up to 92% hair reduction, multiple laser hair removal sessions are necessary because hair grows in phases. While some hair is actively growing, other hairs remain dormant. For hair removal to work, our laser technicians must target each hair while it’s actively growing. The combination of light and electric pulses heat the hair follicle to destroy its root without damaging surrounding skin to inhibit future hair growth. Most patients receive 4-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, but some patients prefer up to 8 treatment sessions for better results.
Laser hair removal performed by an experienced and licensed laser technician is safe for all skin types. Although lasers target darker pigments, meaning laser hair removal works best on patients with lighter skin and darker hair, AYA’s GentleMAX™ laser can even safely treat darker skin tones. Although rare, some patients experience itching, redness, and sometimes even minor swelling in the treatment area for a short time following hair removal. If laser hair removal isn’t performed properly, unusual side effects such as scabbing, infection, and hyperpigmentation can occur, which is why it is so important to find a reputable medical spa with appropriate equipment and highly trained technicians.
With over 10 years performing laser hair removal, our licensed estheticians take steps to minimize the risk of complications by testing a portion of a patient’s skin to determine the appropriate laser and setting for their complexion. During this pre-treatment skin analysis consultation, our estheticians will help you determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure and how many treatment sessions you’ll need for the results you’re after.
If you’d like to get a jumpstart on being hair-free next year, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to visit our website and check out all the other services we have to offer, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for skin care news and updates.