Waxing, shaving, and other hair removal treatments can take up a lot of valuable time, especially when it seems like your hair grows back very quickly. If you want to save time and avoid painful skin irritation, then you may want to use a laser hair removal treatment such as Soprano ICE to simplify your body hair maintenance. Dr. Whitney Shoemaker in Ormond Beach, FL understands that laser treatments for hair removal can reduce hair growth and can be used on many hair types and skin tones.
How Many Sessions of Laser Hair Removal Should You Get?
For any laser hair removal treatment, it’s common to need at least six or more appointments to achieve optimal results. The number of treatments you need will be determined by the color of your body hair, how many areas you want to treat, and the density of your hair growth. People who want to treat the entire body, for example, may need more than six treatments, while people who want to treat a few areas of the body, such as the legs or underarms, only need six treatments.
So how does this treatment work? Laser treatments for hair removal use light wavelengths and advanced technology to detect the pigment of the hair and then emit light energy to visible hair shafts. Once the light hits the hair shaft, it converts into thermal energy that travels down the shaft to damage the root of the hair follicle. Over time, built-up damage to the follicle will eliminate hair growth.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Your treatments for laser hair removal will generally take about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how many areas you are treating at each appointment. Most patients find the treatment very comfortable since this laser system uses a patented cooling tip that ensures skin comfort for the duration of the treatment. The treatment process is simple and precise enough to be used on multiple areas of the body, including areas that have delicate or sensitive skin.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Before your laser hair removal treatment, you will need to prepare so you can get the best results from the treatment. These recommendations are intended to help minimize skin irritation, maximize results, and avoid hyperpigmentation from the laser treatment. Some of the things you can do to prepare for your treatment include:
No Waxing or Tweezing
The biggest rule to follow before a laser treatment for hair removal is to avoid waxing or tweezing the desired treatment area at least two weeks before your appointment. Both waxing and tweezing remove hair from the root, which means that the laser treatment won’t be effective since the treatment only works if energy can travel down the hair shaft. For that reason, it’s important to preserve the hair shaft before your appointment.
That said, you will be able to shave 24 to 48 hours before your appointment if you don’t want to deal with long visible hair. Shaving at least 24 hours before your treatment will ensure that the laser can pick up on the visible hair growth from stubble.
You should arrive at your appointment with clean skin that does not have any oils, lotion, or dirt build-up. Laser treatments work best when the skin is a clean canvas, so having skin that is fresh and free from any moisturizers is an ideal condition for your treatment. You should also avoid using fragrances on any areas of the body you plan to treat since this could cause skin irritation.
Simple Skin Care.
Ideally, you should prepare any treatment areas by taking good care of your skin before your appointment. One important thing you can do is avoid unprotected contact with the sun since this will help you avoid sunburn and the risk of hyperpigmentation from the treatment.
You should also avoid irritating skin products, products that can increase photosensitivity, and exfoliating products that can cause skin dryness. Some of these products can include benzoyl peroxide, AHAs, BHAs, retinoids, and salicylic acid.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, you will need to treat your skin kindly for at least one or two weeks to minimize skin irritation. One of the things you should do after your treatment is to wear sunscreen when you plan to be outside since this will prevent any photosensitivity or skin irritation from the treatment. You should also avoid tanning, self-tanning products, irritating chemical exfoliants, hot water, saunas, and hot tubs for at least the first week after your treatment.
That said, you can also encourage more rapid skin healing by using simple moisturizers like Aquaphor, aloe vera, or CeraVe to comfort the skin. You may also want to explore exfoliating your skin about one week after treatment since this will help discard dead hair shafts and renew the appearance of the skin. While you should continue to avoid chemical exfoliants, using a moderately rough washcloth is a good option to exfoliate any treatment areas. Be careful to avoid over-exfoliating since this could cause skin irritation that will delay future appointments.
How Fast Are Your Results?
Most people will notice initial results from this treatment about two to four weeks after their appointment. During this time, you may notice that hair is falling off the treatment areas and that your skin feels softer, smoother, or tighter. To achieve your optimal results, you will need to have at least six treatments spaced four to six weeks apart so that all hair follicles are treated with the laser system. This can mean that it will take up to six months or more to achieve your optimal results.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of laser treatments for hair removal can last for well over a year and may be permanent for some people. The longevity of your treatment will depend on how sustained the damage to your hair follicles is. If you want to prevent hair growth for a long time, then you will want to make sure hair follicles are damaged enough that they can’t support new hair growth. Most people can maintain the results of their treatment by having at least one or two annual appointments.
Is There a Best Time for This Treatment?
While you can have this treatment during any time of year, some patients find it easier to stick to their aftercare instructions when they have this treatment during the colder months. Because you must avoid direct contact with the sun, it’s much easier to protect your skin from heat and sunlight during the autumn and winter than it is during the summer. Of course, you still need to use broad-spectrum sunscreen during the colder months on any visible treatment areas.
Does This Treatment Work on All Hair?
One of the most commonly asked questions about laser hair removal treatments is whether or not these laser systems can work on all hair. The good news is that modern laser systems are sensitive enough to be used on all hair types and all hair colors, including very light hair like blonde hair, white hair, or red hair. However, if you do have lighter hair that you wish to remove, you should know that it may take additional treatments to achieve your optimal results.
Does This Treatment Work on All Skin Tones?
Yes, this treatment does work on all skin tones. One of the biggest advantages of the Soprano system is that it can be used on all skin tones, including medium and dark tones. This is because the system is designed with three different wavelengths that can customize the treatment to allow the system to be used on all skin types and tones. This can be ideal for those who may have darker complexions that are not compatible with other laser treatments.
Try Soprano ICE Today
If you want to simplify your hair removal routine and avoid skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and other discomforts associated with shaving and waxing, then a laser hair removal treatment may be a good option for you. It only takes about six treatments to achieve optimal results, so most people will be able to see reduced hair growth within about six months. Maintaining these results is also very simple. If you think this treatment is right for you, contact Dr. Whitney Shoemaker in Ormond Beach, FL today to schedule your consultation.