Recovery and Results: Understanding How Laser Hair Removal Works

Many men and women become frustrated by unwanted hair in various areas of the body. For men, this hair may be on the back or chest, while women may struggle with unsightly hair on the face, arms, or legs, among many other areas. For years, shaving, tweezing, and waxing were the only methods of getting rid of hair on the body. But the reality is that these options take time to perform, and they can even cause you some discomfort and pain. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that the hair inevitably grows back, forcing you to repeat everything all over again, without end. Luckily, there is a better way to efficiently, effectively, and painlessly remove hair from your body permanently.


Laser hair removal is not a brand new concept in cosmetic procedures; however, this procedure has been refined over time to allow for better results so that you can achieve softer, smoother, hair-free skin to help you smile and feel more confident about your appearance. 


While many people are aware of laser hair removal, not everyone fully understands what to expect with this treatment, both during the actual procedure and, more importantly, during the days and weeks after their laser hair removal. In this blog, we will take a look at just what to expect for and from your laser hair removal treatment at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center.


What Do I Need to Know About My Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

The Consultation

Like any cosmetic procedure, the most important aspect of achieving the smooth and hairless skin you desire from your laser hair removal treatment is your consultation. During this consultation, you will have the chance to discuss your aesthetic goals with your skincare provider. Not only will our trained and knowledgeable skin experts evaluate your condition, but they will create a treatment plan tailored specifically to you, and they will happily answer any questions that you may have about the treatment.


The Treatment

It is important to understand that you will not be able to achieve the results you desire from just one or two treatment sessions. Instead, laser hair removal is a process that effectively eliminates unwanted hair over a period of six treatments. One of the reasons for this is that each treatment location on the body consists of hundreds to thousands of hair follicles that must be directly treated. These six treatments will be scheduled six to eight weeks apart from each other to allow your body to heal from each treatment before the next session. 


Each treatment lasts approximately sixty minutes, though the length of the session is dependent largely on the size of the area treated and how extensive the correction needed is. During this time, our skincare expert will move the handheld laser device over the treated skin. Though you can have a topical anesthetic applied to your skin to minimize the discomfort, many patients don’t need any ointment. The laser energy emitted from the handheld device penetrates the skin to target and heat the hair follicle, essentially destroying the follicle in the process. The destroyed follicle, then, is not able to grow hair afterward, allowing you to achieve hair-free skin.


What Happens After Laser Hair Removal?

Immediately After the Treatment

One of the many benefits of this treatment is that there is no recovery or downtime, which means that you can get back to enjoying your normal, daily activities after your session. However, it is normal to have red and swollen skin during the hours after your laser hair removal treatment. You can take over-the-counter medication to minimize any pain you may feel, and ice packs can be applied to the skin to relieve any burning sensations you may experience. Though this discomfort will dissipate shortly after your treatment, this doesn’t mean that you will not experience some die-effects from the laser treatment.


The Next Several Weeks

One of the most common questions that we are asked by potential laser hair removal patients is, “Does hair fall out after laser hair removal?” The simple answer to that question is a definite yes. Because the laser damages the hair follicle, the hair in each follicle is no longer able to, essentially, survive. This causes the hair to fall out. This then prompts the question, “How long after laser hair removal does hair fall out?” The answer to this question is a little trickier, since every patient’s hair, skin, and treatment is different and unique. With that said, most patients notice their hair falling out in the treated area five days after their treatment. However, it can take other patients up to 14 days to notice their hair falling out. Over the next several weeks after each treatment session, your hair will continue to fall out. This is one of the reasons why treatment sessions are spaced out every six to eight weeks. 


The Results

No longer will you find yourself showing up to a social gathering and remembering too late that you didn’t take care of that unwanted hair. Instead, after laser hair removal, you can allow your mind to think about other things, like your clothing or hair. Laser hair removal, then, offers a chance to relax and feel comfortable with your skin’s appearance. 


Instead of unsightly and embarrassing skin, once you are finished with your six laser skin removal treatments, you can look forward to smooth skin that you can smile about and show off to the world. The benefits of laser hair removal are both physical and psychological, so why put off helping your skin achieve the radiant glow you desire? Schedule your consultation today and take the first step to hairless skin!


Come in for a Complimentary Trial

At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we will be offering complimentary laser hair removal trials so that prospective patients can try the device prior to purchasing. So, rather than having us answer this question for you, come on by on a specified Wednesday and see for yourself before committing to your laser hair removal procedure!


For more information about laser hair removal at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, please call our office at 561-234-4026 or fill out our online contact form.