Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Laurate LA offers laser hair removal treatments for both men and women so that you can achieve smooth, hair-free skin anywhere on your body. (Yes, anywhere!)

Being hair-free forever sounds tempting, right? But, before you commit to laser hair removal treatment, here are some things you might want to know:

  • What is laser hair removal?
  • It hurts less than you think.
  • It takes 8-12 full treatments.
  • You can shave between laser hair removal sessions.
  • You cannot go in the sun after laser hair removal treatments.
  • Laser hair removal: Conclusion

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a non-invasive way to permanently get rid of your body hair. Kiss awkward waxing sessions and painful threading goodbye, and say hello to smooth skin without quite literally ripping hair out of your body.

You might be wondering, “How does it work?”

Like skin, hair contains melanin which absorbs radiation from the sun. In the same way, hair absorbs the radiation emitted from a laser.

This tiny beam of light can directly target each hair, sending a pulse to specific hair follicles, destroying the germ cell that is responsible for hair growth.

As this process is repeated over multiple laser hair removal sessions, hair growth is permanently inhibited.

It hurts less than you think

A high-powered laser shocking your skin at close range sounds insanely painful. And no, we are not going to lie and say that it feels like cuddling up on a bed of clouds.

However, laser hair removal hurts a lot less than you might think. Since the head of the laser is small, each pulse lasting 1.5 milliseconds, and distributed to small areas at a time, the sensation is quite bearable.

Many people compare the feeling to getting snapped with a rubber band, just about one hundred times. If you survived middle-school rubber band sling-shots, laser hair removal will be a walk in the park.

The process is not painless, however, and the ability of each person to endure the pain is dependent on which area of the body is being lasered and the person’s pain tolerance.

For example, lasering sensitive areas such as the face or underarms will hurt more than lasering one’s legs or back.

If the pain of the treatment concerns you, some doctors advise taking a painkiller before your appointment.

It takes 8-12 full treatments

Laser hair removal is not a “one-and-done” process. It takes time and consistency. To permanently stop hair growth, multiple laser hair removal sessions are necessary, ranging from 8 to 12 full treatments.

It is also essential to schedule appointments in advance, six to 10 weeks apart, to ensure that you are receiving treatment consistently.

The treatment must be done while the hair is in a growth phase, or you risk allowing the hair to grow back and not being responsive to the treatment.

While this might sound tedious, the total process takes approximately 6 months, and LaureateLA will help schedule your appointments to ensure your treatment is most effective.

So, instead of subjecting yourself to painful waxing sessions every month, you can get a few sessions of laser hair removal and be stubble-free for the rest of your life!

You can shave between laser hair removal sessions.

One of the most common complaints with alternative forms of hair removal, most commonly waxing, is that clients are unable to shave in between waxing sessions.

However, this is not the case with laser hair removal. Not only are you allowed to shave, but it is recommended that you shave the night before your treatment.

This allows each hair follicle to be directly targeted. The best part? You can bid farewell to the awkward period where you so desperately want to shave your partially grown hair.

With laser hair removal, you can shave it right off with no worries about affecting your treatment!

You cannot go in the sun after laser hair removal treatment.

Up until this point, you might have thought, “Laser hair removal sounds like magic! I must go get it done now!” But, every cosmetic procedure comes with some side effects. One of the most important things to know before getting laser hair removal treatment is that you must limit sun exposure.

The added heat from sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation and scarring on the skin. This also means you have to avoid tanning before and after sessions and could be asked to reschedule your appointment once the tan fades. But, if you are the type of person who must catch some rays, put off laser hair removal treatment for the colder, less sunny months.