Deciding on laser hair removal can be a big step as you search for ways to get rid of unwanted hair. You may be curious about what the process entails and what your experience will be like. At Mynx Aesthetik in Tacoma, WA, we have anticipated your questions and are here to guide you through every step of the process.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a modern technique designed to reduce unwanted hair by targeting hair follicles with laser energy. This process involves the use of lasers that emit concentrated light, which is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. This absorption disrupts the growth cycle of the hair, leading to a reduction in hair growth over time. With each laser hair removal treatment, we focus on your suitability for the treatment along with planning appointments so that we can maximize the effectiveness of your results.
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
The first appointment you have with us is an important step in your laser hair removal process. During your consultation, we will discuss your skin type, hair color, and medical history to make sure the treatment is right for you. Our laser hair removal can treat a wide range of skin and hair colors, so many people can be suitable candidates. Your consultation is also a chance for you to get to know us and to ask questions you may have about the treatment.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: Minimizing sun exposure before your treatment can help enhance the effectiveness of the hair reduction process. Sun-tanned skin can impact the way laser targets the hair follicles.
- Shave the Treatment Area: Shaving the area prior to your appointment is important. This preparation allows the laser to effectively target the hair roots, enhancing the results of your laser hair removal.
- Refrain From Plucking or Waxing: It’s important to avoid plucking or waxing before your session. These methods remove hair from the root, which can make the treatment ineffective.
- Avoid Certain Medications: Discussing your current medications with us is an important part of the consultation. Some medications can affect your skin’s sensitivity to the laser treatment.
The Laser Hair Removal Process
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal treatments work by directing concentrated light onto hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles, which is called melanin, absorbs the light, heating up the follicles and hindering future hair growth. This method is precise, targeting hair without affecting the surrounding skin. Over several sessions, it can reduce hair growth significantly and leave the skin smooth without the hassle of shaving or waxing.
What Types of Laser Do We Use?
We use the Elite iQ™ system for our treatments. This technology is adaptable for various skin types and hair colors. It is especially gentle and effective for sensitive areas, making it an excellent choice for upper lip, armpit, and bikini laser hair removal. The Elite iQ system offers a comfortable experience while effectively reducing hair growth in targeted areas.
What Do Laser Treatments Feel Like?
During a laser hair removal service, patients often describe the sensation as a quick snap or a mild pinching feeling. We make your treatment as comfortable as possible, adjusting the treatment to each individual’s sensitivity and tolerance and monitoring your comfort levels as we go.
How Long Will Your Session Last?
The length of a hair reduction session can differ based on the size of the area receiving treatment. A smaller region like the upper lip can be completed in a short amount of time, often just a few minutes. Treating more extensive areas, such as the legs or back, will take a longer amount of time.
Safety Measures and Protective Gear
For laser hair removal, safety during treatment is a priority. We employ the use of protective eyewear for both the patient and the technician. We recommend wearing loose and comfortable clothing so that treatment areas are easily accessible.
Post-Treatment Care and Expectations
Following your professional laser hair removal session, immediate aftercare includes avoiding heat treatments like saunas and hot showers for 24 hours. This helps to calm the skin and prevent irritation. Keeping the treated area clean and moisturized also aids in the recovery process.
Long-Term Care and Maintenance
It is important after your laser hair removal treatment to avoid too much sun exposure and always use sunscreen, especially on the treated areas. Occasional touch-up sessions may be recommended to maintain the results, especially for areas with denser hair growth.
How Many Sessions Will You Need?
Because of the way that your hair grows, alternating between active and dormant stages of growth, you will need to have more than one session. Sometimes, three or four sessions can be enough to get the results you want. However, many people may need six or more treatments. Your treatment plan can be adjusted based on the results you are getting. Factors like hair density, color, and treatment area size play a role in determining the total number of sessions needed to get the best laser hair removal results.
When Can You Expect Your Final Results?
Final laser hair removal results can be seen after you’ve completed the full course of treatment sessions. However, each time you have your hair treated, you will notice some of your hair shedding. It can take a week or two for hair in the treated area to begin to fall out.
Learn More About Our Laser Hair Removal Treatments in Tacoma
Our laser hair removal at Mynx Aesthetik in Tacoma, WA, offers you a path to smoother skin with fewer unwanted hairs. Each session at our clinic is a step toward long-lasting hair reduction, with care that fits your situation. If you’re ready to experience the benefits of laser hair removal, you can easily schedule an appointment or learn more by calling us at (253) 202-3755. You can also reach out to us through our online form.