10 Things You Didn’t Know About Laser Hair Removal

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Laser Hair Removal

By Clayman | April 5, 2019

What if you could permanently reduce or even eliminate unwanted hair on your body? Can you imagine the time and money you would save throughout your lifetime if you could stop shaving, tweezing, plucking or waxing? If you are tired of the maintenance required to manage your unwanted hair, you have come to the right place. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, we have an experienced specialist that works under the expert guidance of Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman to treat unwanted hair with laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to destroy the hair follicle while leaving the surrounding skin and underlying tissue unharmed. The laser works by directing a beam of light into each hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and converts to heat that, in turn, damages the hair follicle and decreases or eliminates hair growth. Now that you know how lasers work to eliminate hair let’s take a look at some surprising details regarding laser hair removal.

1. Rejoice if You Have Dark or Coarse Hair

If you think having dark or coarse hair puts you at a disadvantage for laser hair removal, think again. The laser energy is attracted to pigment in the hair. Thus, dark and coarse hair more readily absorbs the energy.

2. Avoid Hair Removal and Skin Treatments Six Weeks Beforehand

Do not wax, tweeze or bleach the treatment area in the six weeks leading up to your first laser treatment or throughout your treatment plan. It is essential to keep the hair in the follicle intact so that the laser can effectively destroy it. Eradicating the hair follicle is the key to permanently stopping hair growth.

3. Shave Before Your Treatment

You need to shave the day of your laser hair removal treatment. We do not want the laser to treat any hair on the surface of the skin, because doing so prevents the laser energy from reaching the follicle and therefore does not stop hair growth. Shaving the day of your treatment allows just enough hair to channel the laser light down into the hair follicle, but not so much that it burns the hair on the surface of the skin. However, we ask you to be unshaved at the time of consultation, so we are able to evaluate if you are a candidate for laser hair removal.

4. Laser Hair Removal is not a “One and Done” Treatment

There are three phases in the hair growth cycle: growing, resting and shedding. For laser hair removal to work, the hair must be in the growing phase of its cycle. Because hair follicles are at different stages of growth at any given time, several treatments are needed to reach each hair during its growing phase. We recommend six to eight laser treatments for most patients, but the actual number of treatments varies for each patient. The number of treatments you will require to stop unwanted hair growth depends on the color, texture, type, growth pattern of your hair and your medical condition.

5. Stay on Schedule

Your permanent hair removal plan will involve six to eight, or more, treatments. To ensure that all hair follicles are adequately treated, we recommend scheduling treatments based on the hair reproductive cycle as proposed by our specialist. Mid-way through the treatment plan, patients see a significant reduction in hair growth, as well as smoother skin, and may want to discontinue treatment. The laser treatments are working, but it is imperative that patients complete the full course of treatment to remove all unwanted hair. Attend all appointments and stay on schedule to optimize your hair removal results.

6. Results: Up to 90% Hair Reduction

While laser hair removal is considered a permanent reduction for most patients, in some cases, fine hair can regrow one-year post-treatment. For patients with light regrowth or a few stubborn hairs, having touch-up treatments can help maintain smooth skin. Hormone changes are the exception. Hormone changes can increase hair growth and alter the texture and color of hair. Thus, you may see hair return to the treatment area and a more intense retreatment regimen may be necessary to eliminate the new hair growth.

7. Avoid All Heat Sources for the First Day

The heat from the laser remains in your skin for quite some time following treatment. Heat exposure during this time can cause more damage to your skin. To keep this from happening, avoid exercising, sun exposure, saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, hot showers or anything that would heat your skin.

8. Effective on all Parts of the Body

We often think of permanent hair removal for the face, underarms or legs. But lasers can be used anywhere on the body to remove unwanted hair. The laser does not damage the surface of the skin and focuses solely on the hair follicle; therefore, it can be used to remove hair in the most discrete places permanently.

9. Laser hair removal is for men, too

Women have been battling unwanted hair throughout time. But men also have excessive or unwanted hair and can benefit from laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can decrease the occurrence of ingrown hairs, refine the beard, give shape and definition to the beard line, reduce shaving rash and diminish or eliminate hair regrowth.

10. Not All Lasers Are Created Equal

At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, we use the GentleMax laser, a state-of-the-art, dual-wavelength device that safely and effectively treats all skin types. This allows our specialist to customize a treatment plan specifically for your hair removal needs. Also, the laser has the unique ability to target several hair follicles at once, which improves the treatment of dense hair and may shorten the length of each appointment.

If you have unwanted or excessive hair and are interested in a permanent solution, contact Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa in Jacksonville at 904-208-2727 to schedule a consultation with our experienced hair removal specialist. We will evaluate your skin and hair, listen to your concerns and develop a treatment plan to help you get rid of undesirable hair.