Smooth skin for summer By Bri Williams, RN, BSN Refined Aesthetics Med Spa, pllc With summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about lake days, camping trips and outdoor get-togethers. With that comes shorts, tank tops and swimsuits, and wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about shaving and razor burn when all you want to do is enjoy our few short months of heat? With laser hair removal you can ditch your razor and have smooth, hair-free skin year-round! Below we break down commonly asked questions.
How does laser hair removal work? During the laser treatment, a diode laser beam passes through the skin toward the hair follicles. The penetrating energy then heats up the root of the hair, which in turn prevents future hair growth.
Which areas of the body can be treated? LHR is safe on most areas of the body that have unwanted hair. Most commonly treated areas include the bikini, underarms, legs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, stomach, neck, chin and sideburns.
How much does laser hair removal cost? Pricing varies based on your region. LHR is generally sold in a package of treatments and averages $1,200 for smaller areas like the face or underarms, up to $2,200 for larger areas like the legs.
How many sessions are required? Hair is reduced with each treatment, and results are observed after four to six sessions. The number of sessions will differ depending on your hair color, hair type, body area and skin tone, but on average is six to eight sessions.
Why do I need multiple treatments to achieve hair removal? Laser hair removal works best when hair follicles are in their mature stage; however, at any given time, your hair is in various stages of growth. Multiple treatments allow for each individual follicle to be treated during their mature stage.
Does laser hair removal hurt? Most LHR machines have a built-in skin-cooling surface. This makes treatment more comfortable and virtually painless. Additionally, the treatment is quick and over before you know it.
What is the benefit of laser hair removal? Unlike traditional methods (waxing, shaving, bleaching, or using depilatory creams), LHR impacts the root of the problem, rather than offering a temporary solution. Traditional methods will require treatment forever, while LHR only requires a few sessions. Most patients immediately notice a significant reduction in hair growth and eventually smooth and hair-free skin.
Talk with your aesthetic provider to see if laser hair removal is right for you.