Oh, happy day; our unwanted hair is about to go away! We are done with the razor, we are done with wax jobs and we are done with plucking. If you have unwanted hair growth that is making you feel bad about the way you look and feel, learn how to prepare for laser hair removal.

How is Laser Hair Removal Accomplished?

Hair removal at our office is accomplished with the use of a laser. Lasers can treat the hair in an area about the size of a quarter every second. Hair on the upper lip may take less than a minute; large areas such as the back of the legs may take up to one hour. Most patients have permanent hair loss or reduction after a series of treatment sessions, although some particularly complex cases may require maintenance treatments.

How Does Laser Therapy Remove the Unwanted Hair?

Hair removal uses a laser that emits light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. This light energy is converted to heat, which damages the hair follicles. Hair follicles are tube-shaped sacs within the skin that produce hairs. The damage to the hair follicles inhibits or delays future hair growth. Laser therapy works on the principle that the pigment of the hair absorbs the light rather than the pigment of the skin. The laser should damage only the hair follicle and avoid the surrounding skin. Generally speaking, the best outcomes occur when there is a significant contrast between the color of the hair and the color of the surrounding skin.

What Areas are Typically Treated?

The areas that are typically treated with laser hair removal are the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, bikini line and back. It is possible to treat unwanted hair in almost every area but around the eyes. During treatment, hair follicles should be visible; the presence of longer hair may cause issues during the treatment.

How to Prepare for the Treatment

Preparation for laser hair removal includes the avoidance of tanning and sunless tanners. Winter is a popular time for hair removal, but you can have it done any season. You must also refrain from plucking or waxing your skin; shaving is okay. Be sure to follow all pre-treatment instructions.

Getting Started with Hair Removal

Are you interested in laser hair removal? If so, book an appointment at Refresh Evolution, located in Pitt Meadows and Port Moody, so that you can get all the facts about the treatment process. Contact us today to book your consultation and get started!