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Laser Hair Removal: Facts you need to know before having the treatment

It's no surprise that laser hair removal has been and still is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments sought after today. Thousands of men and women worldwide deal with bothersome hair on at least one part of their body and are looking for a long-lasting, smooth solution.

There are so many pros to getting laser beyond just the hair removal aspect. If you are susceptible to ingrown hairs that aggravate your skin and cause hyperpigmentation (super common in deep skin tones skin) then it can help to eliminate this as well.

The options for hair removal are endless. From waxing to threading and shaving to tweezing, but laser hair removal is one of the few options that offers a more lasting approach to getting rid of body hair. Just like with any procedure you’re doing to your body, it’s a good idea to thoroughly research the ins and outs of the process before you start. While the end results will be awesome there are a few things to bear in mind and ways you can prep for the best laser experience, wherever on your body you’re getting it done.

SOUNDS PAINFUL BUT IT REALLY ISN’T

Laser hair removal works by sending the light of a laser through the pigment in the hair. This light converts to heat, which damages the hair follicle and hair bulb. With some lasers there can be sharp pain however, at Defy Nature the laser we use is called Gentle Max. This powerful system has a cooling mechanism (basically a constantly running cold blast of air right where the laser points) which really helps with any discomfort to the patient.

WHY DOES IT TAKE MORE THAN ONE TREATMENT TO SEE THE RESULTS?

Laser hair removal is a great procedure to have done, especially if you hate shaving and waxing like most men and women, but it really isn’t as simple as going in for a “one and done” treatment and never having hair grow back again. Often it takes more than one laser hair removal treatment for complete success.

To understand why more than one treatment is needed, first understand how laser hair removal works. A light laser is used to damage or destroy the hair follicle, by zoning in on the dark pigment of the hair being removed. This is why the laser is not effective on patients with naturally red, white or blonde hair. The damage done to the hair follicle with one treatment is minimal. It usually takes at least two to three treatments to remove hair and delay regrowth depending on what body part is being treated.

In most cases you may still need a maintenance treatment once a year after you have completed the series since the follicles will grow new hair. So the more often you get maintenance treatments, the the longer you will stop the new growth.

If you are interested in learning more about our laser hair removal treatment at Defy Nature, contact us today for a complimentary consultation at 860-442-5347 or request an appointment on our website.

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