Most people have to spend excess time and money removing unwanted body and facial hair. Having your routine burdened by frequent hair removal can be an annoyance and even exhausting. Unwanted body hair can also be a source of insecurity for many and laser hair removal is a simple and effective solution.
Although it has only been recently popularized, laser hair removal has stood the test of time as a safe and efficient hair removal method. The procedure has been tested since the 1960s and FDA approved since the 1990s.
Laser hair removal works by utilizing the light-based technology of the Icon laser. The laser emits gentle pulses of energy into the target area. This energy then heats the hair follicles that are responsible for growth. The follicles then absorb the energy and are destroyed, leaving them unable to produce hair again. Due to its gentle nature, the Icon hair removal treatment can be used on any part of the body including sensitive areas such as the face, underarms, bikini line, and chest.
To prepare for the procedure, a medical specialist will clean the area and for sensitive areas, a numbing gel can be applied. During the procedure, everyone in the room will be required to wear protective eyewear to avoid any retinol damage from the laser. The duration of the procedure depends on the area being treated. Small areas such as the upper lip may only take a couple of minutes while larger areas like the legs can take up to an hour. On average, three to seven sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. Moreover, as the procedure is minimally invasive, patients only experience mild discomfort during the procedure and there is no recovery time needed.
Prior to treatment, your doctor will provide you with instructions as to how to prepare for your appointment in order to ensure the treatment’s effectiveness. General recommendations for laser hair removal include:
- Minimize your time in the sun for a few days before the procedure
- Avoid irritating the skin
- Avoid waxing or plucking in the days leading up to your appointment
- Avoid any anti-inflammatory drugs that are not necessary prior to treatment as they may increase bleeding
- Inform your doctor about any medications you are on
The ease in which laser hair removal can eliminate excess hair along with the inconvenience and insecurity it brings with it has made this procedure increasingly popular. In 2019, laser hair removal was one of the top five nonsurgical procedures performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. You deserve to let go of all the worry and stress that comes with unwanted hair and enjoy the smooth skin you’ve always wanted!
Book your appointment with Holtorf Aesthetics today.