Laser Treatments in Brandon, FL
All about Laser Hair Removal Treatments
Laser Hair removal: Since the first laser hair removal device developed by Rox Anderson M.D, became commercially available in 1998 it has been one the most popular aesthetic treatments. During laser hair removal energy (whether a laser and/or light) is used and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. Laser hair removal is most effective on lighter skin with darker hair as the basic principle is the pigment or color of the hair not the color of the skin should absorb the energy. The risk of damage to skin is greater when there is little contrast between hair and skin color. There are energies safer for darker skin types to have laser hair removal, but more caution is needed. Common areas treated are legs, back, underarms, upper lip, chin, bikini, ears, and arms.
What Are the Risks to Having Laser Hair Removal?
Side effects can vary depending on skin type, color of hair being treated, adherence to pre/post treatment care plan. The most common side effects: Skin irritation – temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible, but these usually dissipate after a few hours. Pigment changes can occur but are usually temporary as well. Skin lightening usually affects those who did not avoid sun exposure or those with baseline darker skin type. Rarely laser hair removal causes blistering, crusting, scarring, bleeding or infection.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas treated are lip, chin, ears, arms, legs, back, bikini, back of neck, buttocks, ears, feet and fingers. Hair that is dark responds best.
Do I have to shave prior to treatment?
Yes. The treatment works best on an area that has been shaved the night before your appointment or the morning of. Do not put lotions, creams or deodorant on to the area to be treated. It is important to not pluck, tweeze, wax or have threading done for at least two weeks prior to treatment.
What should I do before my treatment?
It is very important to follow some basic instructions for before and after care. 1. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds for at least for 2 weeks or longer depending on how long you keep a tan after sun or tanning bed exposure.
2. Avoid self- tanners or bronzers.
3. Do not wax, pluck, have threading or electrolysis for at least 2-4 weeks prior to treatment (depending on the area being treated).
4.Avoid medications that your skin more sensitive such as aspirin, NSAIDs(anti-inflammatories), skin care products with alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA’s)
What should I do after my treatment?
- Avoid all sun or tanning bed.
- Avoid hot saunas or hot tubs immediately after treatment
- Avoid exfoliating the area treated and keep from putting creams and lotions not cleared by your healthcare practitioner.
- You can use ice to cool off the area treated and if instructed you may use a steroid cream to the affected area.
When will I see results?
Hairs do not fall out immediately. It can take several days up to weeks for the hair to fall out. Repeated treatments are necessary to achieve an 80-90% reduction in hair in the area being treated.
How far apart are treatments?
Typically, treatments are scheduled are 4-8 weeks apart and the time depends on the area being treated. For example, the lip and chin can be done in 4 weeks, but a back may need 8 weeks in between treatments.
What is the cost of treatments?
The cost depends on the area being treated. Most laser hair removal is sold in packages of buy 5 get 1 free. During your free consultation you will given a price for the treatment specific to your area being treated.