Permanent hair removal is not something new. Laser hair removal was invented by Theodore H. Maiman in 1960. Technology has advanced rapidly since then. Allure Enhancement Centre, Lafayette, LA uses lasers for hair removal. They are efficient, comfortable, and highly effective. These are the things you can expect before and during a treatment session.
What happens during a hair removal session?
Laser hair removal is used to eliminate unwanted hair. After cleaning the area, a topical anesthetic is applied to it. The laser is calibrated to your skin’s color and skin tone. This has many benefits. Lasers that can be calibrated for each individual remove more unwanted hairs. There are no risks and the skin is not burnt.
Once the laser has reached the correct temperature, it emits short bursts laser light energy. The laser light energy bursts last less than a second and can be used on areas as small as one quarter. The laser energy hits the hair follicles, and the hair absorbs it. They stop growing their hair. This causes the laser to stop emitting energy for active growth of hair follicles.
What’s the Average Treatment Time?
The size of the area being treated and how many sessions involved will affect how long it takes to complete. If you are only looking to remove unwanted hair underarms, the laser can be used for only five minutes. If you wish to treat your upper and lower legs at once, the laser may need to be used for longer.
How many sessions will it take to achieve my desired results?
During your first consultation, we will assess the texture and color your hair to determine how many sessions you might need. Most clients can achieve hairloss in between two and four sessions. Some hair and skin colors are better suited to treatment than others. If you have lighter skin or hair, such as blonde, gray, red, or if your hair is blond, gray, or a combination thereof, you may need more treatment than someone with darker skin.
Is the Treatment Too Painful?
Lasers are extremely painless and highly effective. Older lasers can burn the skin and cause long-lasting pain. Today’s lasers are much more comfortable. To prevent discomfort, we also apply a topically numbing cream to the skin.
Laser treatments can make people feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The laser heat penetrates the skin’s deeper layers. It’s like a hot stone massage that simultaneously relaxes and invigorates.
What Areas can be treated?
Laser hair removal has many benefits. Lasers can be used to remove hair from any place. The lasers work best on unwanted hair in the underarms, back, and face. Men tend to concentrate on their arms, backs, chests, and shoulders more than women.
Can I Remove Hair from My Face Safely?
Yes. Yes. Advanced lasers can be used to remove unwanted hairs on your face and chin. The eye protection will protect your eyes from the laser light, no matter what part of the body is being treated. As long as you are a qualified candidate, there is no risk to your neck, chin or face.
Can you treat any area?
Yes. Yes. However, the FDA does not recommend that this treatment be done in any three parts of your body. The FDA does not recommend eyebrows being treated as the first area. You will need to continue plucking and waxing individual hairs if you have a bald spot. The FDA doesn’t recommend treating the temples or upper cheeks.
What’s the Treatment Process?
Laser hair removal can be achieved by calibrating a FDA-approved light source according to your skin tone. Once the device is calibrated, it “zaps” dark hair follicles with high levels light energy. The light energy causes damage to the hair follicle, making it impossible for hair growth again.
What’s the Anagen Phase of the Hair Growth Cycle?
The initial phase of the hair-growth process is called the anagen phase. There are approximately 5 million hair follicles in your body. The anagen stage contains between 4 million and 4.5 millions of these hair follicles. This phase of hair growth may last anywhere from two to seven years depending on your genetic makeup. Your hair can grow as much as 18 inches without maintenance.
What happens after the Anagen Phase?
Also known as the transitional phase in the hair-growth process, the catagen phase is also called the hair-growth phase. This phase stops hair growth and lasts only 2 to 3 weeks. The blood supply to your hair is then cut off. This is the end of the third phase. Also known as the last phase, the telogen phase is the final phase. Some call it the shedding phase.
This phase lasts about three months. This involves hairs from the catagen phase being pushed to allow new hair to push through their follicles. Every day 50 to 100 hairs can fall. Because there are millions upon millions of hair follicles during the anagen phase, you won’t notice hairs falling onto your hairbrush.
What’s the Average Treatment Time?
The heat of the laser light energy is irreversible, unlike other methods such as waxing, plucking, or tweezing to remove unwanted hair. The hair follicles are dead and cannot produce new hair.
However, there is a caveat. Hormonal changes, weight gain and other body changes can encourage new hair growth. If you are unable to prevent rapid and drastic weight gains, you may need to come back for a second appointment.
Are you the right candidate for treatment?
This treatment may be suitable for those with dark hair and skin. Lasers can easily see active growing hairs because of the contrast between skin and hair. This makes coarse skin and dark hair the best candidates for this procedure. Even if your hair is dark and you have a darker complexion, you can still be considered for this treatment. Lasers have a harder time distinguishing hair from skin.
If your skin is very pale or has a lot of pigmentation, you may need to use more treatments. It is totally safe. To achieve the desired results, however, you might need to continue with another session.
Who isn’t a good candidate for this type of treatment?
This treatment is not recommended to people with light or fair skin. While the treatment is safe, lasers can’t treat minor variations in color. It may take several sessions to achieve the best results. Women who are nursing or pregnant should not undergo this treatment.
It is not clear if the treatment is safe for breastfeeding mothers or pregnant women. Research has not been sufficient. This treatment should not be performed before you have given birth.
How do I prepare for treatment?
It is essential to shower before your treatment. Your body should be washed with mild body soap, while your face should be washed with gentle facial cleanser.
You should never do anything to your skin other than shave before treatment. Avoid using makeup, oil, creams or lotions on your skin, and don’t wear them to treatment. Your appointment will require you to take off any cosmetics.
It is important to shave the area before you start your treatment. It is possible to reduce irritation by shaving the area within 24hrs of your appointment. Your appointment will require us to shave the area in 24 hours. Other methods of hair removal such as epilation, waxing, and tweezing should be avoided. These methods can cause irritation.
Avoid Certain Topical Products
Avoid using lotions or creams that can cause photosensitivity in the 72 hours prior to your appointment. Avoid chemical peels that may contain salicylic or hydroxy acid. You should also avoid vitamin B (retinol). Benzoyl peroxide, another ingredient in many acne medication products, should be avoided.
Avoid unnecessary UV exposure
It is important to reduce your UV exposure in the weeks leading up to treatment. Avoid tanning beds in this period and for at least two weeks after your treatment. Protect your skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied every day, rain or shine.