What to expect with my laser hair removal treatment?
It is important and standard practice prior to any laser hair removal treatment to have a comprehensive consultation. This is where you can communicate your goals for the treatment whilst your Chi therapist can assess your problem areas and listen to your every concern. At this time, a thorough assessment of your skin is performed, any post treatment requirements detailed and your overall expected outcome communicated to you. Next, your Chi therapist will apply a pulse of light to the treatment area to ensure the treatment is suitable for you.
Just before the procedure, your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skins 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 treatment is performed, it is common to feel some heat on the skin and the sensation feels similar to the flicking of an elastic band against the skin with each pulse. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin. When the procedure is completed, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort.
Generally, six or more treatments are required due to the four hair growth stages, with approximately twenty-five-percent of hair being removed with each treatment. A few treatments may also be required for the area to be totally hair free. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later.
What is laser hair removal?
LASER which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” is an “electronic device that generates an intense and very focused beam of light. Laser hair removal relies on specially designed medical grade lasers that are safe to use on human skin which are calibrated to target the dark pigment of hair. Laser hair removal offers permanent hair reduction and can be performed on almost all areas of the body. Certain areas of the body are more sensitive than others for example areas such as the brazilian, under arms and upper lip can feel more painful.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal works because the light of the laser beam can be converted to heat. The light is attracted to the pigment (melanin) in the hair. Dark pigment absorbs the light and the converts it to heat. The heat then affects the hair follicles to prevent hair growth. In order to destroy a hair follicle, the bulb of the hair follicle where the blood supplies the hair with oxygen to grow needs to be destroyed as well as the stem cells which are responsible for hair regeneration. The darker and the thicker a hair is the more pigment it will hold, and the more light it will absorb. This is why it is important that you don’t wax or pluck your hair before a treatment, because if there is no hair there, there is no way for the laser light to treat that hair follicle.