If you’re tired of shaving, plucking or waxing to remove unwanted hair from your body, laser hair removal may be the answer. The treatment is quick, effective, and safe for most skin types. It can also be more cost-effective than other options.
During laser hair removal, light passes through the skin to reach the pigment (or color) of your hair. The laser beam is then absorbed by the melanin in your hair follicles, causing them to heat up and destroy themselves. The damage inhibits future hair growth. This results in a reduction of unwanted hair on the face, chest, arms, legs and bikini area for both men and women.
Before you start your laser hair removal, it’s important to understand that it will take several sessions. Hair grows in cycles, and the laser only targets hair follicles that are in their active growth phase. A full cycle of treatments will usually be necessary to destroy all of the hair follicles that could grow back. This means that you will likely need a minimum of six to eight treatment sessions before you see significant results.
The good news is that the pain associated with laser hair removal Folsom is minimal. In fact, it is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed in medical esthetics. In the hands of an experienced practitioner, such as the team at Venus Velocity in Folsom, the procedure is safe for most people and can be a very relaxing experience.
You will need to shave the area of your skin you plan to treat before your treatment. This will help the laser beam target the hair follicles, making them more easily identifiable. You will also need to avoid any sun exposure before and after your session. This is because your skin will be more sensitive afterward and it’s important to protect it from ultraviolet rays, which can cause sunburn.
For laser hair removal, the team at The Zimmerman Center uses state-of-the-art Cynosure Alexandrite and Nd:Yag lasers to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with this treatment. For larger areas, the team also uses the InMode Diolaze laser that provides fast and safe treatment for large body areas.
Once you are ready for your laser treatment, the practitioner will press a handheld device against your skin and activate it. The laser will then emit a pulse that feels like an elastic band snapping against your skin. A cooling gel or cooling air spray will be applied before each pulse. Some patients feel the sensation more than others, and we can adjust the settings on our Candela GentleMax Pro to your comfort level.
Most patients find the treatment very tolerable and report that it is much less painful than other methods of hair removal. However, the best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal is by visiting a local practice and talking to an experienced practitioner. It’s a good idea to choose a practitioner who is on a register and has undergone extensive training in cosmetic dermatology, as this will ensure the safety of your procedure.