November 25, 2015 BioVital Staff

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Who wants unwanted hair growth? Are you putting away laser hair removal because you fear unpleasant side effects? Let’s dig into the facts and you will be on your way to a hair-free skin in no time.

How it works

Laser hair removal works by pointing a laser beam directly to each hair follicle. The dark pigment in hair called Melanin breaks down after attracting the heat and light in the laser. This is why the treatment works best in dark colored hair although modern technology can treat all hair types except true gray hair. During the process hairs get vaporized by each pulse and some smoke with a sulfur-like smell is produced. Treated hair follicles get disabled and will not produce future hair growth.

Why do I need multiple sessions?

Laser can only target hairs that are currently in their growing cycle. Multiple sessions are required to completely clear the entire pigmented area once the growth cycle re-starts.  Normally, it requires more than two or three treatments. As you make progress, the time between treatments stretches, until you will only need a maintenance treatment once per year.

How long does it last?

Results cannot be guaranteed for everyone since the treatment’s success varies for every person. Some patients experience hair regrowth after months or years and others confess never having to shave again. As an average you can count on getting a 70-90 percent reduction after receiving four to six sessions of treatment. To ensure a hair-free skin all year round we encourage our patients to come for annual maintenance visits so any hair re-growth is removed.

What about the pain?

Technology has come a long way and improvements are constantly being made to reduce discomfort. You will be amazed at how painless our Candela GentleMax lasers are. This technology utilizes a cooling technology that reduces discomfort to a tolerable level ensuring that most people can go through the procedure without needing any topical anesthetic.

Some patients describe the pulses as short snaps against the skin. It is normal to experience some redness and swelling after treatment, similar to a mild sunburn. Discomfort can be reduced by applying a cool compress after the treatment.

Learn more about the technology used at our spa by watching this video.

Learn more about laser hair removal for the body and laser hair removal for the face.

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