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Laser Hair Removal: How It Works?

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Waxing, shaving, plucking, and other methods of hair removal can be painful, and the hair just comes right back. The cycle can be frustrating, especially if you have a busy schedule. With laser hair removal, you can be free of unwanted hair and have the smooth skin you’ve always wanted without any pain or downtime. Here at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD, we can help!

How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Do You Need?

This may be different from person to person, but usually, you can expect that anywhere from 4-10 treatments are going to stop that cycle of hair regrowth for good. Some people can get rid of all their unwanted hair for good with as few as 3 treatments while another person may need a lot more. This is going to vary based on hair thickness and the pigment of the unwanted hair.

During your consultation, our professionals might be able to give you an idea of how many sessions you will personally need to completely halt the cycle of hair growth once and for all.

How It Works

The device that is used during this treatment has a highly concentrated laser that focuses only on the hair follicles and does not affect the skin surrounding them. The device is applied to the surface of the skin and the laser concentrates on the hair follicle, essentially heating it up to remove all the pigment. That is going to destroy the hair follicle and stop the cycle of hair regrowth at the source.

The reason that more than one session may be needed is that some hair follicles are going to be a lot thicker and even may have more pigment. Additional treatments work to fully skill the hair follicle while in various stages of regrowth. The device does this painlessly!

Treatable Areas

There are a number of areas that can be treated. However, if you have an area that is not mentioned, let our professionals know and they will determine if that area or areas may also benefit from this kind of hair removal.

The Legs

This is one of the most popular treatment areas. The constant cycle of hair regrowth can be the most frustrating to deal with in the leg area but with this treatment, you will not have to worry about waxing, shaving or other means of hair removal anymore! You can have smooth, short-ready legs all year round!

The Upper Lip Area

Many people struggle with excessive hair on the upper lip area. Unwanted hair in this area can be particularly annoying if it’s thicker or darker. This treatment can remove the hair in this area so you will never have to worry about another painful waxing session again.

The Bikini Region

Shaving and waxing the bikini area rarely leaves it smooth. Oftentimes, there are bumps and excessive redness left behind that can be quite aggravating. With this hair removal treatment option, you can smooth, bump-free skin in the bikini area and never have to worry about other painful means of hair removal again.

The Arms

Many people also have excessive hair on their arms and while shaving them may seem like a good option at the time, the hair usually comes back thicker, making the removal process even more of a staple in your routine. This method of hair removal is going to stop the cycle of hair regrowth and leave you with smooth skin.

The Back

A number of people also struggle with excessive hair on their back and this is probably the worst place to perform any other type of hair removal on your own. This treatment will help you ditch all that unwanted hair on the back and never have to worry about other means of hair removal again. You can get back your confidence and your time.

Under the Arms

Redness and bumps are a typical part of other means of hair removal under the arms. The treatment, however, is going to get rid of that unwanted hair under the arms without any bumps or redness.

Commonly Asked Questions

1. Is It Painful?

No, unlike other kinds of hair removal, this one is not painful. You do not have to worry about any pain or irritation left behind on the skin after this kind of hair removal. It is totally painless!

2. Is This a Safe Treatment Option?

Absolutely. This treatment option is completely safe and is even approved by the FDA. You do not have to have any fears about your safety before, during, or after your laser hair removal session.

3. What if I Have Really Thick Hair?

Even if you do have thicker hair, you can still benefit from this hair removal treatment option, but you may need to have more sessions than a person with finer hair would need. Even the thickest hair can be removed for good with the right amount of treatment sessions. During your consultation, our experts might be able to tell you how many sessions you will need.

4. How Do I Know That This Is Right for Me?

If you are someone who wants to get rid of unwanted hair on the legs, the arms, under the arms, in the upper lip area, the back or the bikini line, it is likely that this treatment option is a good choice for you. It is effective on even thicker hair!

5. Can I Have More Than One Area Treated During the Same Session?

Yes, if you want to have more than one area treated during the same session, that is doable. So, if you want this treatment on your legs and under your arms, both can be completed in the same session. However, the more areas you have treated, the longer the treatment session is going to take.

6. How Long Does a Treatment Session Take?

On average, most treatment sessions do not exceed 30 minutes, but if you are having a larger area treated, or more than one area treated, the session could last for up to an hour. However, when you take a look at all the time you have spent dealing with unwanted hair in the past, these sessions are incredibly quick!

7. Is There Downtime?

No. As soon as you are done with your treatment session, you can go on with your day as you normally would. You do not have to worry about any downtime whatsoever! It is quick, effective, and you can go right back to your routine. It really is that simple.

8. What Do I Need to Do Before My Treatment Session?

It is a good idea to leave any areas that have unwanted hair alone before your treatment so that the hair is in a further stage of regrowth. This is going to make the treatment more effective. Basically, instead of preparing for your treatment session, you do the opposite, leaving the unwanted hair alone. If there would be anything else you should do before your session, our experts will let you know!

9. How Do I Take Care of My Skin After Treatment?

It is advisable to avoid direct sunlight in the 24 to 48 hours after your treatment session and if you can’t do that, just wear sunscreen. Other than that, as soon as you are done with treatment, you can go on with your day. If there is anything else you should do following your treatment or something you should avoid, our experts will let you know as they want you to get the most out of this treatment option.

10. Can It Cause Damage to my Skin?

No, the laser that is used concentrates entirely on the hair follicle and does not affect the skin surrounding it at all. You do not have to worry about any damage to your skin. It will be completely smooth and free of irritation, unlike other methods of hair removal.

11. Is Laser Hair Removal Treatment Option Only for Women?

No. This treatment option is for any person who wants to get rid of unwanted hair on their legs, arms, back, under the arms, the upper lip, or other treatable areas. Both men and women can benefit from this hair removal option and have in the past.

12. How Long Do I Need to Wait In Between Treatment Sessions?

It is a good idea to wait 4 to 6 weeks before having another treatment session so that the hair can go through another cycle of regrowth. Again, this is going to make the process work even better! However, one person may be able to have treatment sooner while another may need to wait longer. Our experts can give you a better idea about how long you should wait between treatment sessions.

13. Should I Shave Before My Treatment Session?

No. You should leave any hair in the area or areas you want to be treated alone before coming in for your session. This is going to help the device target the hairs in various stages of growth and that makes the entire process even more effective.

14. When Will I See My Results?

It is likely that you will notice your hair is much thinner after only a single treatment session. However, in the days following your treatment, you should notice even more of a difference and perhaps even hair falling out. This only means that the process has worked and is nothing to worry about! However, one person may notice results sooner than another person.

15. Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?

This is a common question for this kind of treatment and others like it because people think it can’t really be this easy but it is. This treatment has science-backed evidence and a lot of before and after pictures that show how well it actually works. The process is done by heating up the hair follicle and removing the pigment which kills the cycle of regrowth. This treatment is highly effective and yields great results! It is not a passing fad. It is the real thing!

Be Free of Any Unwanted Hair Today Without Any of the Pain

Unwanted hair can be a burden that costs a lot of time and sometimes even a lot of money. Waxing, shaving, and hair removal creams often leave behind redness and irritation. With laser hair removal, you can be done with all that! You can stop the cycle of hair regrowth at the source and have smooth skin that is free of unwanted hair. If you want to give this treatment a try, come see us today at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD!

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