Body hair serves a biological function, but it doesn’t always feel great or look nice. Ordinary hair removal methods like shaving and waxing can be time-consuming and painful, but luckily for you, laser hair removal Bel Air MD is a treatment that can significantly slow hair growth without skin irritation or ingrown hairs. At Bala Aesthetics and Medspa in Bel Air, MD, we’re confident this semi-permanent can save you time and money. Learn everything you need to know about this aesthetic treatment – starting with how quickly you can see results.
How Soon Do You See Laser Hair Removal Bali Results?
Laser hair removal treatments are designed to get rid of unwanted body hair for good, or at least slow and diminish hair growth enough that you won’t need to shave every three days to stay blissfully bare. But how long is the treatment journey? Most people will see the final results of this treatment within about six months, which is around the time hair growth slows or stops completely.
Although it will take some time for the results of this treatment to show up, you will still be saving time on shaving while your final results are gradually developing. And some patients can benefit from initial results, which is usually hair loss a couple of weeks after treatment.
When Do You See Your First Results?
The first results of this treatment may appear as soon as three to five days after your treatment, which is when any hair on the treated area will fall out. You will be able to enjoy smooth skin for about three to four weeks after your first appointment.
In order to have semi-permanent results that last for several months, you will need to attend at least six to eight treatment appointments. Your treatments will be spaced at least four to six weeks apart. After your optimal results are achieved with the initial series of treatments, you will only need to attend touch-up appointments once a year.
When Do You See Your Final Results?
Your final results will be evident when you no longer see any hair growth, which usually happens after at least six treatments for most people. The timeframe for your final results will depend on your natural hair growth cycle, which generally takes about four to six weeks. Most people will be able to see the final results about six months after their first treatment appointment.
What Is the Natural Hair Growth Cycle?
The natural hair growth cycle refers to the stages of hair growth, which include anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen. For hair removal treatments, the most important phase is anagen, which is the active phase of hair growth. During anagen, hair growth is visible above the surface of the skin. You probably know anagen best as the time when you’re most likely to reach for a razor.
Hair removal treatments work best during this point of the growth cycle. If you see new hair growth a few weeks after your appointment, it’s usually because hair growth was at a different cycle during your treatment. This treatment works best when all hair in a treatment area is growing on the same cycle. This is why we wait several weeks before appointments so that new hair is in the anagen phase at all one time.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Although most people can achieve their desired results within six to eight treatments, others may need as few as five or as many as 10. Your treatment time may depend on what part of the body you are treating, the density of your hair, and even how quickly your hormones make your hair grow.
What Areas Can You Treat?
Most areas of the body, with the exception of the eyelashes, can be treated with laser hair removal Bel Air MD. The most common areas of treatment include:
- Cheeks and chin
- Bikini area
- Brazilian area
Can You Shave Between Sessions to Stay Smooth?
Yes, you can still shave between your laser treatment sessions. If you see new hair growth after your treatment, you are free to shave it so you can enjoy smooth skin. What you can’t do is wax or tweeze after or between your appointments.
Why doesn’t shaving impact the effectiveness of the treatment? This goes back to the amazing science of hair removal treatments. Because the light energy from the laser is attracted to the melanin in the hair beneath the skin surface, it doesn’t matter if there is visible hair. The lasers can still find hair follicles as long as the hair shaft is still intact beneath the skin.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Shaving, waxing, and tweezing are all hair removal methods that treat visible hair growth rather than hair growth at the root. Even for treatments that remove the hair root (like waxing and tweezing), hair growth is still possible because the hair follicle itself is still active. In other words, the common solutions for hair removal always result in more hair growth.
But laser hair removal Bel Air MD is different. Laser treatments for hair removal use photo-technology to treat the cause of hair growth – the hair follicle in the sub-dermal layers of the skin. This treatment works by heating the hair follicle to create enough damage that the follicle can’t produce a new crop of hair. The hair on the treatment area will fall out after your appointment and your skin will be smooth until the follicle heals enough to grow hair again.
Technology for Laser Hair Removal
The advanced science involved in this treatment is incredible. An FDA-approved medical-grade laser will be used for your treatment. The light energy produced by the handheld laser device will detect the melanin in your hair and will “zap” the melanin to stun the hair follicle and remove unwanted hair. Because of the way this technology is designed, you can stunt hair regrowth without damaging any skin tissue. In fact, your skin may even improve in tone and texture as a result of the laser treatment.
The Safety of the Treatment Process
Although laser technology is used in this treatment, there is no need to be concerned about the safety of the process. Beyond the fact that this laser treatment is approved by the FDA, you should also know that the lasers used for hair removal are designed for cosmetic purposes and are considered skin-friendly.
This laser treatment is a good option for women and men, even for those who have sensitive skin types. The treatment will not hurt, either. Most people compare this treatment to a lightly snapping rubber band, meaning there is no significant discomfort associated with the treatment.
What Should You Do Before Your Treatment?
It’s important to prepare for hair removal treatments if you want your session to be successful. One important task you will have is to shave at least one to three days before your treatment. Freshly-shaved skin produces the best results because shorter hair shafts allow more energy to travel to the hair follicle from the laser system.
You will also need to avoid any exposure to sunlight or activities that can trigger melanin production in your skin. Laser treatments use intense light energy that can create darker skin pigment, so to avoid pigmentation after your treatment you need to avoid darkening your skin for at least two weeks before your session. It’s best to avoid activities such as:
- Tanning beds
- Self-tanning products
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
One of the most important things you will need to do after your treatment is to avoid any exposure to sunlight or activities that can darken skin pigment. Please wear SPF when you plan to be outside. Many people also find it helpful to manually exfoliate the skin with a washcloth about three days after treatment and use gentle moisturizers on the skin.
What Are the Best Benefits?
Aside from the promise of a day where you won’t need to pick up a razor again, there are a few reasons why people find hair removal treatments so attractive. Some of these benefits include:
One of the main benefits of this treatment is the fact that you won’t have to think about hair removal day-to-day. You will be amazed how much of your time and energy is freed up when you don’t have to think about shaving before wearing a dress or a swimsuit. After hair removal treatment, you won’t have to think twice about any surprise or unwanted hair on your body.
The convenience of this treatment can save you time, particularly for any spontaneous events, as well as the money you spend on shaving cream, razors, and other hair removal products.
No Hairy Periods
One thing about waxing is the fact that you have to let the hair grow out between sessions, which means you have to live with being hairy for several days before you have enough regrowth for another waxing appointment. Similarly, many people have to wait several days between shaving because of potential skin irritation, which again means you have to endure a hairy period.
Hair removal treatments with lasers allow you to shave between appointments without any risk of interfering with the treatment – and that means you can avoid all the messy hairy waiting periods and live every day with smooth, hairless skin.
No Skin Irritation
The biggest drawback of common hair removal methods like waxing, shaving, tweezing, and even Nair is the fact that these methods can cause skin irritation. Waxing can cause red skin or even burns, Nair is harsh on your skin can trigger allergies, shaving almost always comes at the price of razor burn, and tweezing is a fast-track to ingrown hairs.
Additionally, these temporary fixes get your hair growth cycle out of sync, which means you have to continually use these methods. Over time, you can even scar your skin. But with laser treatments, you won’t have to worry about skin irritation or potential scarring.
Many Good Candidates
Most people are good candidates for this type of laser treatment. Both women and men can benefit from hair removal treatments to remove or reduce unwanted body hair. The best candidates have adequately thick hair that is dark enough for the laser system to detect. Those who have grey, blond, or red hair may not have dark enough hair for this treatment. Candidates should also not have a history of photosensitivity.
Free Yourself From Troublesome Body Hair
You don’t have to make peace with constant hair growth. You can enjoy blissfully bare skin on a semi-permanent basis when you use advanced laser technology for hair removal. If you’re ready to free yourself from troublesome body hair with laser hair removal bel air md, please contact Bala Aesthetics and Medspa in Bel Air, MD to schedule your first appointment today.