How does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Bareskin's in-depth article on how laser hair removal works and what you need to work for you. Among the different hair removal methods available for you to consider, laser hair removal has received much attention.
That's because it is a highly effective hair removal method for anyone to follow and get rid of unwanted hair from the face and body.
How does this work?
In short - the laser beam used during this hair removal process is attracted by the melanin in the user's hair. Hence, the light damages the hair follicle and stops it from growing out.
Before you go ahead with laser hair removal, it is crucial to understand how it works. By understanding this hair removal method, you can get a better idea of why this method works and why you should use it. The article below will help you to get a basic understanding of how laser hair removal works. Let's start.
Preparing for laser hair removal
Before starting the laser hair removal procedure, you will need to prepare for it. For this example, you should decide whether laser hair removal is the right option for your skin tone and hair colour. For example, this hair removal method can deliver the best results to dark hair and light-coloured skin.
For optimal results, your hair needs to absorb light effectively and deliver positive results. You will need to keep yourself away from self-tanners before you proceed with laser hair removal. You might also have to refrain from taking certain medications as well. By speaking to an expert at Bareskin, you will understand the different options that are available for you to consider.
On the day you will be using the Bareskin Laser hair removal machine, you will need to refrain from using any cosmetic products on the skin. In other words, you should refrain from using a deodorant or lotions.
All specific instructions on preparing for the laser hair removal process can be read on the following link. You should adhere to these instructions and ensure that you are receiving the best returns.
In some instances, if you have a low pain threshold, you may want to take a painkiller about an hour before using the Bareskin Laser hair removal device.
This hair removal method is relatively painless(studies have shown that 89% of users don't feel a thing while the rest feel a slight feeling of heat against their skin. However, even if you don't take a painkiller, you will think that the procedure is similar to having a rubber band snapping against the skin.
The laser hair removal procedure itself
You will have to go through a quick treatment session during the laser hair removal procedure using the Bareskin Machine. This is pretty much the same when you are using a laser hair removal device or using a person at a hair removal clinic.
The time taken would vary depending on where you focus on getting unwanted hair removed. For example, if you want to remove unwanted hair from your legs or back, it will most probably take 30 minutes or more. However, removing unwanted hair on top of your lip with laser hair removal will only take a few minutes.
You will not be able to see the results of the laser hair removal procedure immediately after your first session. This is because you will not completely get rid of unwanted hair after the first 8 sessions. You will have to use the device at least twice a week for 8 weeks before seeing less hair. Some hair might grow back, but it usually will grow back much thinner. So basically, you will have to go through multiple treatment sessions to get rid of unwanted hair.
We at Bareskin suggest that when you start using the device for the first time, you should use the Bareskin machine at least once or twice a week. The more you use the device, the faster you may rid yourself of unwanted hair. In addition, after using the Bareskin kit for a few weeks, you will start noticing less hair in certain areas you have been targeting.
However, you will need to keep your maintenance treatments after that so that no hair grows back.
During the laser hair removal procedure, the IPL pulsed light or laser light would target multiple follicles at a given time. Therefore, it can be considered an excellent option for people to overcome unwanted hair on large areas such as their arms, shoulder, back, and chest. You will be able to proceed with this hair removal method and completely get rid of hair in large body areas. After the treatment, you can expect the treated hair follicles to fall out within 3 - 8 weeks.
There are a few things that you can do to accelerate the results. For example, you can use mild sugar scrub to receive better results. Every few weeks, you can exfoliate your skin using a sugar scrub. The scrub will help with exfoliating the skin and removing hair that is just hanging on.
Bareskin Robert Walters MD told us that he has spoken to 12 local dermatologists and plastic surgeons about the effectiveness of laser hair removal. Nine out of the twelve have said to him that laser hair removal is their first choice when it comes to removing hair for patients or themselves.
Things you need to keep in mind after a laser hair removal procedure
Laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee that you will get rid of unwanted hair. You need to use the device weekly until the hair falls out on its own. This is why you should opt to buy your own laser hair removal device.
The device you buy will deliver much-needed assistance for you to get rid of unwanted hair along with time. For example, when you see hair regrowing, you will simply use the laser hair removal machine and get rid of the new hair.
Now you have a better idea of how laser hair removal works. Keep these facts in mind before opting for laser hair removal. Then you will be able to receive the best returns. You will be impressed with what laser hair removal can deliver to you. It is up to you to pick the best approach to laser hair removal based on your personal preferences.
Article medically reviewed by: Dr Walters (Dermatologist)