It would be difficult to find a person that has not heard of laser hair removal. This process is so common it is offered in a range of different settings from day spas to med spas and through cosmetic clinics as well.
While generally laser hair removal is a very safe procedure, it is essential to choose a medical professional to complete the procedure. This professional should be fully trained and under the supervision of a Board Certified plastic surgeon. Licensed medical estheticians practicing under the supervision of a plastic surgeon are always the best possible choice to complete the procedure.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair treatments of any type are essentially the same process. A specific beam light focuses on a target, in this case a small section of unwanted hair, and the light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The pulse of energy in the light actually damages the cells that make up the hair follicle and stops the follicle from producing hair in the future.
Proper and correct use of laser hair removal will treat an area equivalent to the size of a quarter with each pulse of light. It will not harm the skin or cause any discomfort.
Since the process does require pigment in the hair not all hair types can be removed using laser hair removal. Coarser and darker hairs such as in the moustache area, in the brow area or on the arms, legs, underarms or bikini area are all effectively treated with this process. The fine hair on the face, sometimes known as peach fuzz, is not impacted by the laser treatment since it is minimally pigmented in most women.
Points to Keep in Mind
For laser hair removal to be effective, you have to have dark, coarse hair present. You will need to avoid shaving, waxing or plucking the area for approximately four to six weeks prior to the treatment. During this same time avoid any sun exposure, tanning or spray tans as this can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment and also cause more complications during and after treatment.
The medical esthetician providing the laser hair removal process will need to adjust the laser for your skin tone and hair type. This is why it is so important to work with a licensed professional. Incorrectly setting or using the laser may result in skin damage during and after the procedure. While this is rarely serious, it can create discomfort, redness and swelling over the treated areas.
Laser hair removal through a med spa completed by a medical esthetician is a safe way to remove unwanted hair. Through a series of treatments to remove all hair in the area, clients will notice a significant reduction in the regrowth of hair in the future.
Our medical estheticians are fully trained in the science of laser hair removal. At Chicago Cosmetic Institute we will provide you with a full analysis of your options for safe, effective hair removal. To learn more visit us at www.chicagocosmeticinstitute.com.