Compared with conventional methods like shaving and waxing, laser hair removal offers better results. There are no associated side effects like ingrown hairs, waxing pain, and short-lived results. As laser offers permanent hair reduction by disabling future hair growth, it is an ideal option for going hair-free long term.
If you haven’t tried laser hair removal and are considering undergoing the procedure, here are some facts and the things you can expect during the process.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal uses a handheld device that emits concentrated pulses of light, which targets the follicles. The light heats the hair root, which then destroys the follicles and stops hair growth. At Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore, we use the Cutera CoolGlide laser, which is an FDA-cleared laser technology for permanent hair reduction.
The CoolGlide lasers deliver pulses of light energy, which heats hundreds of hair follicles in a short amount of time. The hair’s pigment or melanin absorbs the light, which then damages the follicles and disables future hair growth. The device features a built-in cooling design and has an ability to create longer wavelengths.
What happens during the procedure?
Protective eyewear for everyone in the treatment room is necessary. There are also cases where numbing options are used to improve patient comfort, especially in sensitive areas or patients with low levels of pain tolerance. When performing the procedure, the skin is held taut and is then treated with the laser.
Many patients compare the sensation to a rubber band being flicked against the skin, but this still varies to every individual. There is some discomfort during the procedure, but its intensity will depend on factors like your own level of pain tolerance and the area being treated.
How many treatments do you need?
This varies, but in general, patients will need about 8 to 12 sessions to see optimal results. Multiple sessions are necessary because the laser only targets hair in the Anagen (growth) stage. Moreover, only a certain percentage of hair is targeted or treated in one session; you can expect 10 to 25 percent hair reduction.
The duration of the treatment varies on the size of the treatment area. Smaller areas like upper lip and underarms take minutes, while large ones like legs or back may take an hour or so. Touch-up treatments are ideal to maintain good results or to address new hair growth (due to hormonal fluctuations).
What should you do after the procedure?
There might be some redness and swelling after the treatment. You can apply some cool compresses to minimize discomfort. You should also protect your skin from the sun following the procedure to avoid side effects. Other recommendations include:
- Follow the clinic’s post-care instructions.
- Avoid sun exposure, especially in the treated area.
- Avoid waxing or threading between sessions.
- Avoid any form of tanning, as effective treatment lies in the contrast between hair and skin complexion.
What results can you expect?
Laser hair removal is FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction. It cannot remove 100 percent of your hair, but only about 80 to 90%. Any left hair behind, however, should be fine and light. It can permanently reduce the total number of your hair, offering a long-term result with a stable reduction of hair.
It is important to complete the recommended amount of sessions to see permanent hair reduction. You need to be consistent with your appointments to continuously destroy and traumatize the hair follicles and achieve satisfactory results.
What should you remember?
If you want safe and effective results, be sure to go to a laser clinic with aesthetic doctors that are allowed to perform an optimal setting for laser hair removal. While some spas and salons may offer discounted or affordable treatments, the person performing the procedure may not be qualified or trained.
Do take note that side effects are more likely with inexperienced and untrained hands. These include burns, scars, as well as permanent changes to skin color. This is why it is best to only see an aesthetic or medical doctor.
With laser hair removal, you can now say goodbye to shaving and waxing. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics today and schedule a consultation with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, to find out if this method is right for you.