Men and women alike can permanently eradicate unwanted body hair with laser hair removal to remove their reliance on high-maintenance hair removal methods, such as waxing. Laser treatment is a low-maintenance, permanent alternative to shaving and waxing and leaves patients with consistently smooth and soft skin. Unwanted hair can be a source of insecurity or just plain inconvenience for many, and laser hair removal could be the solution for you.
If you have any questions about undergoing laser hair removal or whether it is the right approach for you, speak to a laser hair removal specialist at Xanadu Med Spa for free today.
Call our team at 970-591-7919 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle with high-energy lasers. The laser is attracted to the pigment in the hair and travels down the hair below the skin to the hair follicle. Once the laser energy reaches the hair follicle, it damages or destroys hair at the root to reduce or stop hair growth.
As laser hair removal treats hair growth by addressing the source of the growth, as opposed to just removing the hair, this offers a permanent method of removing unwanted body hair.
Factors That Influence Laser Hair Removal
Several factors can influence how laser hair removal will work for you, or whether you are eligible for the treatment. For example, some medical conditions and medications may mean that you are unable to undergo laser hair removal treatment, at least for a specified period of time, or until the medical issue subsides.
As laser hair removal lasers target the pigment in hair, the hair color and type of hair can impact how effective the treatment is. Fine and light-colored hair can be more challenging for the laser to locate and treat. Generally, individuals with thicker and darker hair will see more effective results quickly with laser hair removal. However, a skilled laser technician and top-quality equipment mean that effective permanent results are achievable for patients with almost all hair types.
A patient’s skin color can also affect the laser’s ability to locate hair follicles. In previous years, laser hair removal was not advised for individuals with darker skin as earlier lasers could not differentiate between the pigment in the skin and the body hair. However, this is no longer the case, as laser technology has advanced substantially, and different laser wavelengths are effective for treating hair on darker skin tones.
The easiest combination of hair type and skin tone to treat with laser hair removal is thick, dark hair against light skin due to the contrast between the skin and hair. Although, it is now possible to achieve effective treatment on most skin tones. Your hair type and skin tone may affect how many treatment sessions you require to achieve your desired outcome.
Some medical conditions may mean that you can’t undergo laser hair removal, either temporarily or permanently. For example, you may not be suitable for laser hair removal if you have vitiligo, bleeding disorders, psoriasis, keloid scars, cold sores, or some cancers. Patients with cold sores or herpes may still be able to have laser hair removal in some situations, but the laser can lead to an outbreak of the virus. As such, patients should start a course of antiviral medication at least three days before their session and continue the medication for five days after treatment.
In addition, if you currently have any open wounds, skin irritation, or sunburn, you should not undergo laser hair removal until your skin has healed.
Similarly, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are also unable to undergo laser hair removal. This can be particularly frustrating for women as pregnancy can increase body hair growth. Once you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, you should be able to have laser hair removal treatments.
Specific medications can make your skin more sensitive to light, which can cause skin irritation or damage. If you are taking or have recently taken these medications, you may have to wait for a period of time after stopping the medication before laser treatment. Medications such as Prozac for depression, anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen, some antibiotics, and steroids may all affect your skin’s sensitivity and mean that you will need to stop taking the medication before laser hair removal.
Similarly, acne medications, such as Accutane and Isotretinoin, also increase the light sensitivity of your skin. Patients need to wait six months after stopping these medications before laser treatments.
Individuals taking anticoagulant medications or undergoing gold therapy for arthritis are also unsuitable for laser hair removal.
Can Anyone Get Laser Hair Removal?
Thanks to technological advancements and the state-of-the-art equipment at Xanadu Med Spa, not everyone but most people are able to undergo laser hair removal treatments and achieve effective, permanent hair loss results.
Although hair type and skin tone do not exclude you from laser treatment, some exceptions apply, including medical conditions and individuals on specific medications. Similarly, it is not possible to perform laser hair removal over tattooed skin. This is due to the pigment in the tattoo, which can attract the laser’s energy away from the hair follicles and can result in burns on the skin.
Where Can You Use Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a versatile treatment that can be used to remove unwanted hair in almost all body areas, including more sensitive areas such as the upper lip. Areas that we frequently treat with laser hair removal at Xanadu Med Spa include the following: