The prospect of smooth and hair-free skin without the use of razors, waxing, or plucking is very appealing to many patients.

In fact, laser hair removal is one of the most in-demand aesthetic treatments on the market, and its popularity only seems to be increasing.

However, for women and men that are new to laser hair removal, the process may seem intimidating at first. To address common questions and concerns, we’ve prepared a beginner’s guide to this quick, painless, and effective treatment.

Keep reading for some laser hair removal 101.

What Is Laser Hair Removal and How Does It Work?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that focuses light-based energy on hair follicles to reduce the amount and density of growth.

It works by targeting and heating pigment-producing melanin at the root of the hair. Subsequently, hair follicles begin to weaken and die, and the result is finer and fewer hairs with slower regrowth.

Am I a Good Candidate?

For men and women that want a permanent solution to unwanted hair on their face or body, laser hair removal can be an excellent option. Depending on the class of laser and wavelength, the treatment can work well and be safe for all skin types.

However, laser hair removal tends to produce the best results on coarse, dark hair. It is not suitable for gray, blonde, or red hair due to insufficient melanin.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Most patients find laser hair removal to be very tolerable and say it feels similar to the snapping of a rubber band.

Most sessions take 15 minutes or less, and ice, numbing cream, and aloe can be used to improve patient comfort.

How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

Patients should avoid sun exposure and sunless tanners for two weeks before and after laser hair removal. Additionally, the treatment area should be shaved the day of or the day before your appointment.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Will I Need?

While it can vary, most patients require six-to-eight sessions, spaced out every six-to-eight weeks.

When Can I Note Results From Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal can reduce hair growth by 60-90 percent, depending on the patient and treatment area. Results are cumulative over a series of sessions and can be noted as early as 2 weeks after the first appointment.

Where Can I Get Laser Hair Removal in Hagerstown?

For additional information on laser hair removal and treatment packages available at Hagerstown Dermatology & Skincare, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.