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Regular shaving and waxing can be inconvenient!  Are you wishing for something more permanent? If so, you may have considered laser hair removal.  Here are some things to consider to help you decide if this treatment is right for you and your hair removal goals.

How to prepare for your treatment

Before your treatment, you will want to avoid waxing, tweezing, threading, or anything else that removes the hair at the root before your appointment.  Shaving one or two days prior to your treatment is preferred.

Two weeks before your appointment, please avoid the sun; especially if you are getting hair lasered on sun-exposed areas like your back, arms, and legs.

During the Process

The laser hair removal process begins with cleaning the treatment area . Some patients also receive a numbing gel to ensure their comfort. Protective eyewear is necessary to shield your eyes from the laser light. You may feel a similar feeling as a rubber band snap against your skin. The length of the treatment process will vary depending on the size of the targeted area.

After Treatment

One of the many benefits about laser hair removal is it does not require any downtime, but it is vital to protect your skin after treatment. Patients should follow aftercare instructions given to them by their provider. They should also avoid using indoor tanning equipment and direct exposure to sunlight, as the skin will be sensitive.

How Soon Do You See Results?

Overall, the results you see after laser hair treatment will vary from one patient to the next. The patient’s skin color and hair thickness play a role in how soon results are achieved. Many patients will need at least 2-6 treatments to remove all the hair in the area. If the hair does grow back after a few months, it will be thinner and lighter in color.

Side Effects

As with any cosmetic treatment, there may be side effects associated with laser hair removal. Following treatment, patients may experience temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site 1-3 days after treatment. However, when laser hair removal is performed safely under the supervision of a board-certified dermatologist, the risk for side effects and complications are diminished.

How Often Can You Get Treatment?

How often you should get laser treatment will vary depending on a number of factors, including your skin color, hair color, and ultimate goals. Everyone’s body may react to laser treatment differently. It is best to check with your dermatologist before getting additional laser treatments. Many people can have laser hair removal done once every 4-6 weeks.

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Are you ready to say hello to smooth, hairless skin? Now that you know more about the laser hair removal process, schedule your consultation at Grand Pearl Spa in Grand Rapids, MI today.

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