The Low Down On Laser Hair Removal

posted on: February 25, 2014

Laser Hair Removal

Beauty maintenance can be so time consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice to “shave” off a few minutes of your morning routine? Some things like brushing your teeth are a twice a day must, but what if I told you there is a permanent solution to one of women’s most despised maintenance woes? Laser hair removal is in short, AMAZING. Can you imagine shaving only 2 times a month as opposed to every other day? Let’s talk about no more ingrown hairs too (dream!) Here are 7 informational tips on deciding if laser hair removal is right for you.

1. Dark Hair Only. The laser is attracted to the color in the hair, not the hair itself, so this procedure does not work on blonde or grey hairs.

2. The Thicker The Better. Laser Hair Removal works better on thick course hairs vs fine/peach fuzz hair. While you can see improvement to fine hair you will get much better results with course hair, like armpit and bikini hair.

3. Put Down The Tweezers. You have to stop waxing/plucking/threading the area for 4 weeks prior to getting treated. You need the root of the hair present and in full force in order to get the most effective treatment.

4. Have Realistic Expectations. Laser Hair Removal will not remove 100% of the hair, it will remove about 80-85% of the hair but the hair that is left is much finer and grows in slower. Daily shaving is no longer necessary, about 2 times a month will do the trick.

5. Plan Ahead. Have a Cabo trip planned next month? Well you’re a little late to start your laser hair removal process. Laser hair removal can take anywhere from 5-12 sessions depending on the type of laser being used and your skin tone. The sessions are typically spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Winter is really the best time to start working on getting bikini ready.
 6. Follow Through On Treatments. Did you see great results after one treatment? If you don’t finish out your treatments that hair can start to grow right back. Laser Hair Removal is kind of like attacking an army when they’re down. If you let them re-gain their strength they’ll come at you full force. You need the full set of recommended treatments to see permanent results.
7. Find Someone Reputable. Lasers are powerful medical devices. You should do your research on the medical office and have a pre-treatment consultation with the provider doing the treatments. Any laser can potentially cause damage to your skin and permanent scaring. Don’t skimp on these kinds of treatments. If the price is too good to be true there is usually a reason why.
  • Ashley

    Your blog is too cute! Love the mix of medicine, style and real life.

    Your posts about getting into school are great for the pre-PA folks out there!
    I’m “pre-med” in graduate school now so a lot of it is similar. Love that you’re a mentor to students too! Really helps to have mentor(s) when you’re in any graduate school process.

    I had laser hair removal by both a PA-C (back in my hometown) and a laser specialist esthetician (in my new town).. both in dermatology offices and it’s the best if 1) you can afford it (I’ve used Groupon/Living Social both times after checking out the facility) and 2) fit the profile of hair/skin it will work on. Now I only shave 1-2 times a month, maybe more I’ve I’ll be in a swimsuit or have somewhere fancy to go. It’s wonderful!

    Great blog!

    –Ashley