Tired of shaving and getting razor burn? If traditional hair removal methods such as tweezing, waxing, and shaving aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to consider laser hair removal treatment at The Refinery Medspa & Wellness. But how many treatment sessions will you need? Learn everything you need to know about this treatment before you schedule a consultation.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions Do You Need?
In general, most patients who use laser treatments for hair removal will need about seven consecutive treatments to see optimal results. One of the main reasons you will need multiple treatments is that the hair follicles on your body each grow hair at a different rate, which means you will need many treatments to ensure that each hair follicle is exposed to enough laser energy to prevent hair growth.
Other factors that may influence how many treatments you need can include the number of treatment areas, the density and thickness of your hair, and even your hair color. For example, those who have thicker hair or dark-colored hair typically require more treatments to achieve optimal results.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Laser hair removal at The Refinery Medspa & Wellness works by using advanced laser technology to target hair follicles. Laser treatment uses enhanced wavelengths of light on individual hair shafts. With each zap, the light energy converts to thermal energy, which then shocks the hair follicle and creates enough damage to stunt hair growth.
For your treatment, your sessions will usually take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on how many treatment areas you have. The length of your treatment sessions may also be influenced by your preferences. For example, some people are more comfortable with longer treatment sessions.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
When you use laser treatments, you must be mindful of your skin health so you can avoid hyperpigmentation. For this reason, dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure for at least two weeks before your treatment session. In addition to avoiding direct sunlight, you should also avoid self-tanning products and tanning beds, as this can trigger melanin production and potentially create hyperpigmentation.
Furthermore, about one week before your treatment, it’s generally a good idea to stop using products that can cause light sensitivity. For the most part, this means avoiding products such as vitamin C, retinol, and other chemical exfoliants. If you’re using benzoyl peroxide or other prescription skin creams, you may need to discontinue these products
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, your priority should be soothing your skin and avoiding sun exposure. It’s usually a good idea to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to read your sunscreen packaging closely to ensure that your sun care prevents both UVA and UVB sun damage.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to use gentle moisturizers for one to two weeks after your treatment. Some people benefit by using aloe vera, CeraVe, Aquaphor, or even colloidal oatmeal lotion to soothe skin. You will be able to exfoliate about three to five days after your treatment to help slough away hair.
How Soon Will You See Results?
Most people will be able to see results after a few treatments. Your early results will include stunted hair growth and visibly improved skin tone. The best way to see quick results is to attend all of your treatment appointments without rescheduling. If you skip an appointment, you run the risk of putting your results back at square one.
Because your treatments will be scheduled every four to six weeks, it’s generally easy to keep up with your treatment plan. The only reason you should reschedule your treatment is if you have skin damage from sun exposure or a condition such as eczema or psoriasis in the intended treatment area. If you notice increased skin sensitivity after your treatments, you may want to speak with your dermatologist about spacing your treatments further apart.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal at The Refinery Medspa & Wellness
There are several benefits of laser hair removal at The Refinery Medspa & Wellness that are attractive to patients. For example, this treatment can be used for virtually all skin types and hair colors. Some of the best benefits of this treatment include:
Precise and Painless
Laser treatments for hair removal are precise and painless. The laser treatment can target hair on even the smallest and most sensitive parts of the body, including the upper lip, bikini line, underarms, stomach, and back. Although usually used on the legs, you can use this treatment on virtually every area of the body.
Additionally, this treatment is painless because your skin will be prepared with a topical numbing cream before your treatment. Some laser systems also include cooling technology to keep the surface of your skin comfortable while the laser is being used.
Prevent Ingrown Hairs and Skin Irritation
If you’re prone to ingrown hairs and skin irritation when you tweeze, wax, or shave, then this treatment can be highly beneficial for you. Since the laser will stun the hair follicles, any future hair growth will straighten out the hair shaft to prevent ingrown hairs. Laser treatments also cause less friction on the skin, which reduces skin irritation.
Versatile and Multipurpose
This treatment is versatile and multipurpose. Not only can you customize your desired treatment location, but the results of the treatment can also improve the tone and texture of your skin.
Like any other laser treatment, exposure to laser energy can improve cellular turnover and stimulate moderate collagen production. This is why some people who use this treatment will notice the tone and texture of their skin improve over time. If you have staining on your underarms from deodorant, stretch marks, or other skin discoloration where hair grows, laser hair removal can be highly beneficial for you.
This treatment also produces long-term results. For the most part, when you use laser treatments for hair removal, you can expect your results to last for nine to 12 months at a time. With enough repeated laser treatments, you can potentially prevent hair growth permanently in your desired treatment areas.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The only people who are not good matches for this treatment include those who have been using products such as Accutane within the last six months, those who have skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, and those who have been recently sunburned. People who are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have a history of hyperpigmentation are also not good candidates.
That said, most people are good candidates for laser treatments for hair removal. Laser treatments for hair removal can be used by those who have light-colored hair, as well as those who have medium to dark skin tones.
Traditional methods of hair removal can cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and other less-than-comfortable side effects. However, if you still want to manage the growth of your body hair, then laser treatments for hair removal can be a good option. These treatments can produce results in as little as seven sessions and can be used on virtually all areas of the body. Request A Complimentary Consultation for laser hair removal at The Refinery Medspa & Wellness located in West Melborne, FL and Skin & Body by The Refinery in Indian Harbour Beach, Fl today and be sure to follow us on social media for our latest deals and specials & events!