How Laser Hair Removal Works

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Last?

Whether you wax, shave, or use tweezers, the fight against your body hair doesn’t end. As your beauty routine continues to be tainted with this tiresome procedure, you begin to consider laser hair removal, but does laser hair removal really work?

Lasers can do almost anything: from eliminating a tattoo, to reducing cellulite, stretch marks, and scars! The same technology is used for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, cellulite, stretch marks, and scars. Lasers eliminate hair by delivering highly concentrated pulses of light into the follicles of unwanted hair. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the laser’s light and heat. This results in a damaged hair follicle, which impedes the hair’s ability to re-grow.

While there are several hair removal lasers available in the market, they don’t offer the same experience or results. The LightSheet Diode laser used at VIDA’s MediSpa provides consistent cooling on the top layers of the skin: this ensures a safe and comfortable experience while allowing the laser to penetrate to the base of the hair follicle.

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Last?

Many patients ask themselves “Will hair grow back after laser hair removal?” The answer is complicated. While laser hair removal lasts, it doesn’t last forever. After your treatment, you will notice a dramatic decrease in hair in the area of your choice. So exciting, you won’t need to shave or wax your skin on a weekly or even monthly basis. However, after a year or two, you will need a touch-up. This means you will need to visit your cosmetic cosmetologist once or twice every year for a quick laser hair removal session.

How many laser hair removal treatments are needed?

Another popular question is: “How many laser treatments for permanent hair removal are needed?” This depends on several factors. First, the laser attacks the pigment of the hair, so this procedure works better with light skin with dark hair than with grey or blond hair. The darker the unwanted hair, the better the laser works. Also, laser therapy works best on hair that is in the active growth stage, and since not all hairs are in the same stage at the same time, you will need several appointments to reach your desired results. Consider a general rule of eight sessions per area of treatment, the good news is you can have as many areas as you want in one session.

How do laser hair removal sessions work?

First, you should talk to a board-certified doctor. During this consultation, your doctor will evaluate your skin type and hair follicles. This can help you know how many sessions you will need and your expected results. Laser hair removal sessions can take as little as five minutes if you are only working on your underarms, or as much as an hour if you are having your bikini area and legs treated.

However, you do not need any preparation, and most patients find that they do not need a topical anesthetic before the treatment. Think of a warm rubber band being snapped on the skin, you can feel it, but it is easily tolerated. Once your session is done, you should take some precautions like not exposing your skin directly to the sun or not going to chlorinated pools for a week.

Take the first step toward attaining freedom from shaving and waxing by contacting VIDA Wellness and Beauty. To schedule your laser hair removal appointment now, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling (619)738-2144 (toll-free).

Dr. Alejandro Quiroz

Dr. Quiroz is our board-certified Chief Plastic Surgeon at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Facial Rejuvenation, Neck lift, Buttock Augmentation, Breast Augmentation, Body Contouring and more. He is member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, the Mexican Society of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and the Mexican Council of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, to mention a few.