What's the biggest mistake people make when getting laser hair removal?

There are several mistakes people make;not seeing a licensed or certified clinician with experience, and not coming back enough times to complete the full treatment.

Does hair fall off instantly?

Some hair falls off right after the treatment and some hair takes up to 10 days to fall off. The reason is most hair follicles have more than one hair and when the laserpasses through the skin disabling the hair follicle, the hair that leaves the epidermis falls off instantly and the hair that is under the epidermis will take from 6 to 12 days to leave the epidermis.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.

Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.

It is recommended to avoid excessive sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Excessive sun exposure may damage skin and makes laser hair removal less effective.

Shave the area to be treated the night before or day of and do not use any lotions, creams, makeup, or deodorant on the areas the day of the appointment. (If using bleach or hair removal creams please cease a week before treatment)

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color.

When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later. You'll get treatments until hair stops growing.

Post Treatment Care

Immediately after treatment there should be erythema (redness), follicular edema (swelling of the follicle), and possibly pruritus (itching). The symptoms can last from 30 minutes to 3 days as treatments progress.

Please wait three hours or until the irritation subsides to apply creams, makeup, deodorant, etc. Avoid picking, scratching and touching the treated area while it is irritated

There are no restrictions on bathing except treat the skin gently, as if you had a sunburn, for the first 24 hours.

In rare instances, some patients may experience blisters or skin that feels sunburned after the treatment. Cool compresses and moisturizers will help.

Over the next month, hair follicles will begin to shed. Wear sunscreen (SPF 30 Plus) for the following month to help prevent temporary changes in the color of the treated skin.

Return to the office after at least two weeks of new growth in the area. For upper body follow up appointments will be scheduled 6 to 8 weeks after initial treatment; for lower body 8 to 10 weeks after first the appointment.

It may take 6 to 12 visits on average to permanently reduce hair in the treated area by 86% to 96%. Touch ups after completing necessary treatments should occur every 4 to 5 months for small areas and 5 to 6 months for large area.