Lots of people feel frustrated with the results that they get when using manual forms of hair removal. Many who shave on a regular basis deal with cuts, ingrown hairs, and rashes. And the fact that they have to continue to shave again and again makes people wonder if it is a good idea to use a more permanent form of hair removal. If you have ever wondered if laser hair removal in Reno is right for you, we would like to tell you the benefits of this treatment.
Is This a Permanent Treatment?
In order for a person to feel satisfied with any cosmetic or medical treatment, they need to be fully aware of how the treatment works and have a realistic idea of the type of results that they can receive because of using it. If you go into this treatment with the idea that your results will be 100 percent permanent, you may feel disappointed later on. Electrolysis is the only form of permanent hair removal that has been approved by the FDA. If you decide to have this treatment performed, you will be guaranteed that no hair growth will ever occur in areas where the treatment was performed.
When you decide to have laser treatments done, you can expect a semi-permanent hair reduction. In the best case scenario, you may never have to shave again. In the worst case scenario, you may notice some hair growth in the future if you go through some type of hormonal change, like a pregnancy. If you do experience future hair growth, you will notice that the hair growth is different than what it is now. If you currently have dark and coarse hair that grows on your legs and you have laser treatments done, any future hair growth is likely to be a lot lighter and thinner than it currently is. Many people feel that it is worth it to have the treatments done considering the fact that they may never have hair growth again, or if they do, the hair growth will be much lighter and thinner than it is currently.
You will feel more satisfied with your treatment if you understand how the treatment works and how often you need to have the treatment performed. Some people are surprised to know that not all of the hair on their body is currently growing. The hair actually goes through a cycle where it grows and then rests. When you have laser treatments performed, the hair that is going through an active growth phase will be targeted. Of course, all of the hairs in a particular area will be treated with the laser. But it is only the hairs that are actively growing that will be negatively affected by the laser treatment.
When a person grasps the idea that not all of the hair will be negatively affected by the laser during one treatment, they understand why it is necessary to return to our Reno office in order to have several treatments performed. Some people are able to get the results they are looking for after visiting our office just five or six times. Other individuals need to return eight or nine times in order to get results that they will feel satisfied with. The treatment sessions are typically spaced about four or five weeks apart. This shows that you may be visiting our office anywhere from six to nine months in order to completely say goodbye to unwanted hair growth. Having this idea in mind will help you to have a better idea of when to start your treatment sessions and how to schedule them on future dates.
Some people have the idea that the goal of the laser is to just burn off the hair. This is inaccurate. First, a cooling device is attached to the laser. This will keep your skin safe and comfortable during the treatment. Second, we can use aloe vera or other treatments on your skin to protect it and keep you feeling comfortable as your treatment is taking place.
Energy from the laser is going to negatively affect the hair follicles. Once the energy is absorbed by the hair follicles, they will be damaged. This is good because it will prevent future growth. As we mentioned above, it is usually only hormonal changes that can trigger new hair growth in the future. If you do not go through a pregnancy or experience a health condition that affects your hormones, you may never need to use waxing kits or shave again.
When laser treatments for hair removal first got their start, the individuals who could benefit from the treatments were quite limited. It was usually only individuals who had fair skin and dark hair who got the results they were hoping for. The reason why this was the case is because the energy from the lasers was attracted to the dark pigment in the hair. It is obvious why the contrast of light skin with dark hair got the best results. Nowadays, laser technology has advanced. Individuals with a variety of hair and skin colors can now get good results with these treatments. In some cases, lasers are used that emit energy that is attracted to the blood in the hair follicle, so more people can use these types of lasers to experience semi-permanent hair reduction.
There are certain individuals who may decide not to use these treatments because technology is still not where they are likely to get good results. Usually, individuals who have gray, strawberry blonde, or light blonde hair are not going to feel satisfied with these treatments. If you have light and thin hair, you may do better to look at other options for hair removal, which we can discuss with you at our practice in Reno.
Get Rid of Hair Anywhere on Your Body
The amazing thing about laser hair removal is that it can be used on almost any part of your body. There are certain areas that are especially annoying to shave and many of our clients decide to treat these areas first. For example, some clients decide to use laser treatments on areas that are especially sensitive.
Women often request to have these treatments performed on their bikini area. Whenever they shave this area with a razor, they deal with an unwanted rash, ingrown hairs, and razor bumps. Or women may decide to have these treatments performed in order to get rid of unwanted facial hair.
Men often find that the skin on their neck is especially sensitive if they have to shave on a regular basis. It is not uncommon for men to deal with irritated skin, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs if they have to shave regularly for work. Or men may decide to treat areas that are hard to reach with a razor, like their back.
These treatments can actually be used on almost any part of your body where you have unwanted hair growth. You can use these treatments under your arms, on your face, on your legs, or on your back or chest. In most cases, the only area that cannot be treated is around your eyes. If the treatments are performed on your face, you will be required to wear safety goggles in order to protect your eyes. Treating the hair around your eyes, like your eyebrows, is just too risky.
We are happy to customize treatments in any way to make our clients happy. You may decide to have areas that are especially sensitive treated first. Once you experience that benefits that come from no longer dealing with irritated skin and the hassle that comes from shaving, it is likely that you will return in order to treat other areas.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
The treatment sessions that you have in our office are likely to be quite comfortable for you to go through. You will feel the energy pulses that come when the laser is used to treat the hair. The great thing is that these pulses are quick, taking just a matter of seconds. We can use anesthetic creams and other topical treatments to keep your skin feeling cool and comfortable during the treatment. Once the treatment session is over, you may notice that the skin that was treated is a little bit red and tender. However, this irritation is going to go away in short order. You may even notice that the redness and tenderness are gone after just a couple of hours from the time you had your treatment session.
That irritation is the only type of irritation that you will ever have to deal with again if you opt to have these treatments performed. For many individuals, it is more than worth it to go through these treatments and never have to deal with the skin irritation that comes as a result of waxing or shaving away unwanted hair.
You may deal with ingrown hairs on a regular basis. This adds a whole new level of frustration to your life. Not only are ingrown hairs painful and unattractive, but they can also cause infections. So you will deal with painful bumps and pus.
At our practice in Reno, you are going to have the benefit of enjoying skin that is always smooth, soft, and free of irritation after you go through the recommended amount of laser treatment sessions.
Many of our clients comment on the fact that they feel a new sense of freedom after these treatment sessions. The idea that they never have to worry about large amounts of unwanted hair on their body again gives them a life that is filled with convenience. Just think about how great it will be during the summer months to never have to worry about shaving your legs before heading to the pool. Or you never will have to worry about the type of clothing that you can wear if your friends invite you out after work at night.
Preparing for Your First Laser Hair Removal Treatment
One common misconception that people have is that you cannot shave before and in between laser hair removal sessions. People often think this because this is what happens when a person has a waxing treatment performed. However, these two treatments are completely different, and preparation for them is different as well.
You will likely feel relieved to know that you can shave with a razor before your first laser hair removal treatment and in between treatments. This means that you do not have to deal with unwanted hair growth as you work toward getting semi-permanent hair reduction. As we mentioned above, the goal is to use a laser to treat the hair follicle. So all of the hair follicles need to be in place in order for you to get the results that you are looking for. This means that you can absolutely shave. However, it means that you are not able to wax or pluck the hair. All of the hair follicles need to be intact.
If you regularly wax in order to get rid of unwanted hair, you need to stop your waxing sessions before you visit us in Reno for a laser hair removal treatment. The amount of time that is needed to let the hair grow will depend on your personal circumstances and how fast your hair grows. Some of our clients need to stop waxing just a few weeks before a laser treatment. Others needs allow a couple of months to go by. You know how quickly your hair grows, so you can use this information to determine when you should stop waxing in preparation for your first visit to our practice in Reno.
It is good to be aware of the fact that you need to avoid exposure to the sun before your first visit and in between all laser hair removal sessions. You want your skin to be free of a tan. This is even true of fake tans. Knowing this can help you to determine the best timing for your treatments. Many feel that it is hard to avoid exposure to the sun during the spring and summer months. So they may begin their laser hair removal treatments during the fall or winter months. The type of vacations that you take in between your laser sessions may need to be adjusted in order for you to get the best results. For example, if you regularly like to take a Caribbean vacation in order to work on your tan, this may need to be adjusted a bit in order for you to qualify for these treatments. Or you will need to take extra care in protecting your skin from the sun.
You may wonder what will happen if you only visit our Reno office for two or three treatment sessions and fail to finish the rest. You will basically experience hair reduction. You will likely still need to shave away unwanted hair, but you are going to notice that you do not have as much hair growth in a particular area. Some people actually only have just two or three treatments performed because they would still like hair growth in a particular area, but they just do not want as much of it. For example, this is common in areas where a person may have sensitive skin. In the example mentioned above about men who have sensitive neck skin, they may wish to go through just a couple of laser treatments in order to reduce the frequency with which they have to shave.
If you are a Reno resident who is interested in laser hair removal, you may wonder about the type of results that you can achieve with these treatments. The best way for you to find out is to visit our office and speak with our team at Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV. Contact us today to schedule your laser hair removal consultation!