Who is Laser Hair Reduction for?
Laser hair reduction is the ideal choice for women and men. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the best laser hair removal candidates
have light skin and dark hair, but the Light Sheer by Lumenis is an ideal laser choice for most skin colors and hair types. Many people choose laser hair reduction to address larger treatment areas including the back or legs. However, it is also a good option for some smaller areas like the bikini area, the chin or upper lip..
Some hair types do not respond as well to laser hair removal. For example, ASPS notes that individuals with light hair typically do not have enough pigment for this procedure to be effective. In addition, the organization does not recommend laser hair reduction if you currently have a tan, open wound, infection, or skin rash.
Your consultation with Adam & Eve Medical Aesthetics will provide us with the opportunity to analyze the hair you would like to remove and discuss your medical history. With this information in hand, we can best determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair reduction.
What Does a Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Consist of?
Laser hair reduction is a non-invasive, non-surgical, safe, and effective outpatient procedure. Little preparation is necessary before your treatment. Avoid tanning, having a chemical peel, or using sunless tanning products for at least two weeks prior to your treatment. Refrain from waxing, tweezing, or plucking the treatment area for about three weeks prior to your procedure as well. We will trim or shave the area before performing the laser treatment.
You should also refrain from the use of harsh scrubs as well as creams and serums that contain retinol or glycolic acid. Choose gentle alternatives without these ingredients to use for at least two days before and two days after your laser reduction procedure.
Plan to arrive about 15 to 20 minutes ahead of your appointment time to complete any last-minute paperwork and provide yourself with an opportunity to ask questions or address any concerns. A laser is then directed at the area and a beam of highly concentrated light targets the hair follicle. The light transforms into heat, which destroys the bulb from which the hair grows. Each laser pulse lasts just fractions of a second and treats an area about the size of a quarter.
Clients may experience some discomfort during treatment depending on the sensitivity of the area. We apply topical anesthetic to the skin about 20 minutes before the procedure to help reduce the heat sensation caused by the lasers.
Immediately after your laser hair reduction treatment at Adam & Eve Medical Aesthetics in Scottsdale, you can return to work or go about with your normal daily routine. In fact, the procedure itself typically takes less than 20 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area, so you might even be able to pop in for a session during your lunch break. Allow 60 minutes for larger areas such as the legs or back.
Avoid sun exposure for two weeks after your session. If you must go in the sun, use a sunscreen with higher SPF protection. Shield the treatment area with pants and long-sleeved shirts made from loose, flowing material, and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your delicate facial skin.
Refrain from waxing and tweezing. Gently exfoliate treatment areas to minimize your risk of ingrown hairs. Most patients experience little or no discomfort post-treatment. If you do experience any soreness or swelling, Tylenol and ice compresses are often the most effective solutions.
You should also avoid hot showers, hot baths, hot tubs, and saunas for at least 24 hours after the procedure. The heat in these environments increases the risk of an infection in the treatment area, which can lead to blemishes.