Is unwanted hair not your style anymore? If you are tired of shaving and waxing, laser hair removal offers smooth skin without the irritation that accompanies other methods. Best of all, it’s a semi-permanent solution with effects that last for a long time. How fast do you start seeing the results? At Grace Medical Aesthetics in Baytown, TX, we can answer this question and give you all the information you need to know about this popular treatment.
What Are the Results of Laser Hair Removal?
The goal of this treatment is to get rid of your unwanted hair for good. Imagine rolling out of bed every morning, looking at your smooth skin, and singing along with Beyonce, “I woke up like this”. Beyond removing the hair, this treatment can help you say goodbye razor burn, rashes, and irritated follicles. When you don’t need to shave or wax, your skin is happier.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Shaving and waxing are methods that treat the symptom instead of finding a cure. With these approaches, your unwanted hair will always come back. Laser hair removal uses photo-technology to access the follicles that create the hair. By heating them up, it makes them unable to produce a new crop. The hairs you already have will fall out, leaving your skin smooth.
Getting into the science behind this treatment shows how amazing and advanced it is. We use FDA-approved, medical-grade lasers that emit light in several wavelengths. This light is attracted to the melanin that makes your hair dark and not your surrounding skin. This means that it can remove your hair without damaging any of the surrounding tissue.
The Process Is Safe
If you have any concerns about the safety of this treatment, you can put them aside. The lasers we use are specifically designed for cosmetic purposes. They are effective on both men and women and will not irritate your skin. The process itself doesn’t hurt, either. Some people compare it to the feeling of a rubber band being flicked lightly against your skin.
How Fast Will You See the First Results?
Your visible hair will fall out a few days after you get your treatment. Afterward, you will enjoy smooth skin for about the same amount of time as the effects of waxing. After about 4-6 weeks, it will be time to come in for another session. But don’t worry, you will achieve near-permanent results after several sessions. Once the initial series is complete, you will just need to come in about once a year for a laser hair removal touch-up.
How Fast Will You See the Final Results?
We schedule your sessions according to your hair growth cycle. To understand how much time it will take to complete the series, you need to have an idea of how your hair grows. Here’s how it works:
The Phases of Hair Growth
Every hair on your body grows in several stages:
The most important of these phases, as far as we are concerned, is the anagen, or active phase. At this time, the hair is visible above the surface of the skin. Our lasers treat the hairs that are at this point in the cycle. When you start to see new hairs a few weeks after your first appointment, it’s because they were in a different phase of growth at the time of your treatment.
We schedule multiple laser sessions so that all of your hairs get treated. Between each session, we will wait a few weeks so that a new group of hairs has time to enter the anagen phase. After a few treatments, you will be able to enjoy your final results.
Number of Sessions to Expect
Your treatment time will vary according to what body part you choose to treat. Most people are done within 5-10 treatments. Here are some of the most commonly treated areas:
- Face and chin
- The bikini area
- The Brazilian area
For most parts of your body, the average number of sessions needed to remove the hair is 6. Want to know a fun fact? The only part of your body where you cannot get this treatment is your eyelashes. You can expect to see your final results within about 6 to 9 months of beginning treatment.
What If I Don’t Want to Wait to See Smooth Skin?
The First Results Are Almost Immediate
Worry not: you can enjoy a hairless look while you are receiving this treatment. For starters, your active hairs will fall out within a few days of each session. For several weeks afterward, you will enjoy smooth skin as a result of the laser application.
You Can Shave Between Your Sessions
When your hair starts growing back, you can shave it. Believe it or not, shaving does not impact the effectiveness of the laser approach. The light from the equipment penetrates the upper layers of the skin and is attracted to the hair that lies beneath the surface. It won’t matter if there is no visible hair because the lasers will still be able to find follicles as long as there is a portion of the hair shaft under the skin. What you want to avoid is plucking and waxing. When you use these methods to remove the hair completely, the lasers are not effective.
What Are the Benefits?
You Won’t Have to Think About Hair Removal
One of the biggest reasons people get this treatment is convenience. There are enough things to worry about during the day, and hair removal shouldn’t be one of them. After your sessions, you will be able to get dressed in the morning without checking to see if you need to shave or making the extra time to do so. You will never have the unwelcome surprise of noticing that you forgot to get rid of your hair before you went out. With this treatment, unwanted hairs are just not part of your life anymore.
You Won’t Need to Go Through a Hairy Period Before Shaving or Waxing
It can be awkward to wait for your hair to grow out before you can wax or shave it, especially if it is on your face. Unfortunately, many people can’t tolerate shaving every day because their skin becomes too irritated. With waxing, you need to wait for the hair to grow to a quarter of an inch before removing it because otherwise, the wax has nothing to grab. If you don’t like the look of the hair, it can be annoying to live with it while you wait.
Your Skin Will Be Less Irritated
A major downside of shaving, waxing, and even using depilatory creams is the fact that they are not good for your skin. Waxing can cause red skin. If done improperly, it can even result in burns. Depilatory creams remove your hair by using harsh chemicals that can trigger allergies. Shaving gives many people razor burn, and if you aren’t careful, you can cut yourself. All of these methods can make you develop red, bumpy ingrown hairs.
If you only had to get rid of your hair using these methods once, they probably wouldn’t cause a big problem. However, they are temporary fixes and you will start seeing new hairs between one day and a few weeks later. The repetition you need to maintain your results is what makes them especially irritating to your skin. By contrast, laser hair removal is painless, and the results last.
You Will Save Time
To achieve and maintain the best results from laser hair removal, you only need between 5-10 initial appointments and an annual laser hair removal touch-up. The appointments themselves take a few minutes for a smaller area of your body and 1-2 hours for the legs or the back. Compared to the ongoing commitment of shaving several times a week or the need to schedule waxing sessions every month or so, this treatment is a big time-saver.
By the way, did you know that you might spend as many as 40 days, or 58,500 minutes, shaving over the course of 25 years? This figure assumes that you spend 15 extra minutes in the shower and repeat the process three times per week. We are pretty sure you have better things to do with your life!
You Will Save Money
Just as the time you spend shaving accumulates, so does the money. Consider the cost of professional waxing, at-home strips, depilatory creams, shaving cream, razors, and skin-soothing products. Next, multiply that cost by a lifetime. Laser hair removal is an investment that pays off financially in addition to giving you hairless skin.
You Will Be Hairless in All Situations
Many times, we don’t bother to shave because we don’t expect to be showing our skin. This is especially true in the winter. However, many situations can come up to make us wish we did.
Maybe you find yourself trying to fit an impromptu gym session into your day. If you didn’t shave, you might reconsider wearing capris leggings. On a shopping trip with your friends, you might decide to try on dresses for the coming season. Suddenly, you’re wishing you could leave the dressing room to show everyone your selections without also showing them your hair. After this treatment, all of these potentially awkward situations will be past problems.
Be Free From the Hair
All of these benefits point to the fact that this treatment is a dream come true for many people because it gives results that last. You don’t need to waste time and money on solutions that require constant maintenance. You don’t have to rearrange your routine or plan different clothing because your hair has grown out. After this treatment, showing skin means showing nothing but skin.
For more information on laser hair removal, come into our practice for a free consultation. We can show you around and answer all of your questions, including where you would like to be treated. From there, we will make a plan for you to get the results you are looking for.
Love Your Hairless Skin for Life
Unwanted hair is not something you have to live with anymore. The practice of shaving dates back to the Stone Age, and we think it’s a little outdated. With the most advanced laser technology, you can make your unwanted hair part of the past, as well. The future is sleek and smooth. Make razor burn and ingrown hairs nothing but memories.
When you choose laser hair removal, you can enjoy freedom from hair for life. Contact us at Grace Medical Aesthetics in Baytown, TX for more information about this service. We would love to show you how we can help you get hair removal results that last.