The Procedure of Laser Hair Removal On the Face – What Do You Need to know?
Hair removal has come a long way over the years, making what was once a long, drawn-out process a much simpler, more convenient matter. Instead of going to appointments for waxing or another temporary hair removal method, spending money and wasting time every few weeks, laser hair removal is a process that gets rid of unwanted hair once and for all. After doing a regular course of appointments, you will see less hair and eventually none at all coming back in the treated areas. It’s a much more efficient process than the other kinds of hair removal on the market, and it allows you to deal with the issue of unwanted hair within a short time period. For a busy professional who has limited time, laser removal is the best possible choice.
Face Laser Hair Removal in NY can remove hair from any problem areas that you don’t like, including the chin, ears, sideburns, along the hairline, eyebrows, upper lip, and cheeks. This removes the need for you to have repeated appointments to maintain the clean, smooth look, the way you might have to if you do waxing, sugaring, chemical hair removal creams or threading on your unwanted hair growth. All of these processes only provide a temporary solution to the issue of unwanted hair growth. Plus, there is no stubble or shadow the way you might see if you are used to shaving to remove unwanted hair. All that is left is smooth, clean skin without having to worry about hair coming back coarser or thicker. Over time, laser hair removal ends up costing less time and money than other removal methods and is proven to be more effective.
What to do before laser hair removal procedure?
While laser hair removal is a process that is rated highly effective, there are ways to help make the process more effective before you come in for your appointments. There are a few things you can do to prepare your facial skin for the hair removal procedure and increase the odds of success. These are simple adjustments you can make in the days and weeks before your laser hair removal appointment, so your skin is ready to absorb the laser light and let it do what it is designed to do, including:
- Remove makeup and creams: Beauty products can contain ingredients that limit the effectiveness of the laser hair removal because they block the light pulse from getting where it needs to go. Perfumes, sunscreen, and lotions can all make it harder for the laser to reach the root. Remove your makeup before you go into each hair removal appointment to leave the skin clean and give the laser the best chance of working. You can also wait thirty minutes to an hour after the appointment before re-applying these items to the skin to give the hair follicle a chance to close up.
- Avoid sun exposure: Limit your time in the sun in the days leading up to an appointment for face laser hair removal in NY. You’ll also want to stop using tanning beds or self-tanning creams. Tanned or burnt skin can be discolored during the process of laser removal. It can also make the process less effective, as less light will pass through the skin to the hair follicle. If you have a hint of a sunburn, the laser removal process can hurt in addition to not working as well as normal. Many technicians will stop the treatment if they see the skin is already burnt or irritated.
- Stop Bleach Use: If you are bleaching your facial hairs to make them less noticeable, this can actually have an impact on how effective the laser treatment is because of the way laser hair removal works. The laser targets the pigment within the hair root, under the skin. The pigment that provides the color to your hair is what actually absorbs the laser pulse and ultimately destroys the hair. When you bleach your hair, this pigment is removed. For the best results, stop all bleaching six weeks before you start your laser hair removal treatments. The laser will then be able to target the pigment in the hair better and get to the follicle without any issues.
- Take Expert Advice: Before you begin treatment, you’ll have a consultation with the technician where you’ll talk about your goals, problem areas, and your medical history. After this, the expert will come up with a treatment plan for you to handle all the areas of the face you want treated. Remember that each type of laser is different and can interact with your skin in different ways, so the treatment plan may be less aggressive than you imagined. But the technician is trained to assess the skin and potential for laser hair removal, so take their advice on how to proceed.
How do lasers remove the hair from the face?
Lasers can be used in all kinds of medical procedures, both cosmetic and medically necessary ones, with a high degree of success. Each laser is designed to perform specific tasks and target parts of the body, and has to be proven to be effective by the FDA before it can be used on patients in the United States. A hair removal laser emits specific light pulses that target the pigment found inside the hair follicle. The pulse latches on to the melanin in the hair follicle, giving it a hold inside the hair and allowing the laser to work on the hair removal from the inside out. This helps remove the hair without irritating the surface of the skin. It’s also much more effective than other methods like shaving that cut the hair off but do nothing to address the root. These methods can actually result in heavier hair growth over time because the root is left intact. By going under the skin, the laser preemptively gets rid of future hair growth and stops the hair from coming in thicker.
During the process of laser hair removal, the technician will use a laser to emit a light pulse that goes under the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. Then, the laser light energy is converted to heat. This heat damages the hair follicles under the skin which are responsible for producing the hairs. Once the hair follicle becomes damaged, future hair growth is reduced and ultimately stopped.
While the treatment is performed, you may feel a slight stinging or itching along the skin. This is only temporary and should go away within a few minutes of the treatment ending. Some technicians will offer a numbing gel that neutralizes the area to be treated or use a cooling function on the laser itself to relieve any temporary discomfort.
Once the treatment is done, you’ll want to give the skin some time to rest before you start applying makeup or looking for the results of the hair removal laser. Initially, the skin may be slightly swollen or irritated, but this is likely to go away quickly. You can start seeing results as early as a few days after your appointment and more progress as you continue the course of treatment.
What are the results of laser hair removal?
After a few regular visits, you can expect to see less hair returning in the treated areas of the face. The hair that does return should be lighter, softer and smoother, making it less prominent against the skin until it stops growing back in altogether. Follow up visits every two to two and a half months will help ensure that each hair follicle that produces every strand of facial hair is treated, leaving the whole area smooth and hair free. It typically takes between two and six visits to fully treat the area, but this can depend on the pigmentation of the hair and skin. Those who have a large contrast between the color of the skin and hair will get the best and fastest results, while people with darker, coarser hair might need more treatments to see the results they want.
At Bared Monkey, we provide laser hair removal using state of the art technology and an experienced approach to get the best result for every client who comes in, regardless of the hair type or thickness. Our collection of FDA approved hair removal lasers allow us to help clients with any type and texture of hair get smooth, clean skin.
To get more information about Face Laser Hair Removal in NY, contact us today via our website or give us a call. Laser hair removal is ideal for men and women, anyone who wants to have a smoother, cleaner look. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have about the process and get you booked in to start the process of permanently getting rid of unwanted hair. Come into our office to see all that we have to offer and how we can help you address any issues you have with facial hair.