Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for a reason. It is a safe, convenient, and time-saving treatment that offers the permanent removal of unwanted hair after several treatment sessions.
The treatment involves the use of a laser that destroys hair follicles in the treatment area. Since hair follicles are responsible for producing individual hairs, their destruction leads to a bare area at the location of treatment. The incredible precision of today’s lasers allow us to target individual hair follicles for destruction or many at one time.
How It Works
Every hair on your body contains a pigment called melanin. The laser targets this melanin, which absorbs the thermal energy and destroys the hair follicle permanently. Just a few treatments are all that is needed for the permanent removal of unwanted hair in the treatment area.
Since laser hair removal targets the color in your hair, those with dark hair tend to respond best to the treatment. If you have light-colored hair, you may still obtain satisfactory results. We can help determine if you would make a good candidate at your initial consultation.
We begin your treatment by shaving hair in the treatment area down to a level just above the surface of your skin. Your technician will then adjust the laser equipment according to your unique specifications. He or she will then test the equipment. Then, laser energy will be transmitted into hair follicles in the treatment area, resulting in the permanent destruction of these hair follicles.
Many patients wonder why multiple treatments are necessary. This is due to the way that individual hair follicles are in certain growth phases at any given time. Some hair follicles will be in a growth phase and can be treated at this time, while others are in a dormant phase with no hair present for laser targeting. Spreading your treatments out over several sessions allows us to catch each and every individual hair follicle in its growth phase.
Precautions and Preparations
If you have scheduled a laser hair removal treatment, refrain from waxing, electrolysis, or plucking hair in the treatment area for six weeks prior to your procedure. This is because the laser will be targeting the roots of your hair that would be removed by these techniques.
You should also take care to refrain from prolonged sun exposure that could limit the effectiveness of the treatment and increase the risk of complications. Refrain from UV radiation exposure for six weeks before and after the procedure.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you would like to schedule a consultation or treatment, or want to receive more information, please reach out and make an appointment with Allure Laser & Med Spa. At our convenient location in Tinley Park, IL, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have about laser hair removal. Contact us today to set up your consultation!