Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Technician performing laser hair removal on a client's leg

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

With shaving and waxing, the smooth finish is short-lived as hair quickly returns with unpleasant stubble. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, offers more of a long-term solution. Here's what you should know.

1. How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal works quickly and efficiently by exposing hair follicles to a laser beam. The heat from the beam singes the follicles, which destroys the hair and its root and shuts down the production of new hair growth. Destroying the root prevents the treated strand of hair from returning.

The process is effective because the darker pigment of hair absorbs a majority of the heat energy, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. Examples of treatment areas include:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Neck
  • Face - including the upper lip and chin
  • Bikini area

Other benefits of laser hair removal include:

  • Cost-effective: Laser hair removal is a great long-term solution for hair growth. It is less expensive than costly waxing packages.
  • Precision: Laser hair removal targets hair grown below the skin by damaging its follicles.
  • Effective: Many people can achieve great results in as little as 8 sessions.
  • No wait time: There is no need to wait for hair growth before treatment like you would between waxing appointments.

2. Are the Results Permanent?

Human hair grows in cycles, so during treatment, some hair is beneath the surface. This means more than one treatment is necessary to treat an area. In some cases treatment permanently prevents future hair growth. But for others treatment provides permanent hair reduction. It’s common to require maintenance at least once a year. This is because changes in hormones and weight can cause new follicles to develop. Maintenance is needed to laser the newly developed follicles.

3. Will the Treatment Work for My Skin Tone and Hair Color?

Laser hair removal works on just about every type of skin. There are different types of lasers for different types of skin tones and hair colors. Red, blonde, and gray hair are the most difficult hair colors to treat. Generally, the darker the hair the better the results, ut the treatment can still work on all colors.

4. Is It Safe?

Laser hair removal is safe and effective for all skin tones and skin types. Both men and women can take advantage of the long-term solution for unwanted hair. Eye damage is a risk when dealing with any type of laser. The technician will place goggles over your eyes before beginning the treatment for safety.

Blisters, burns, and scars are risks as well. Burns, blisters, and scars aren’t normal and indicate incorrect or improper laser use. Our technicians are highly trained to avoid risks and give you the best hair removal experience possible.

5. Is it Painful?

The procedure does slightly sting. It’s similar to a rubber band snap and the sensation lasts only for as long as it takes the laser to target each follicle. The larger the treatment area, the more stings you’ll feel. You may have slightly irritated skin following treatment, but any pain should subside after your session is complete.

6. How Do I Prepare for a Treatment?

There are several things you can do to prepare for your laser hair removal session to ensure you get the best results. Take the time to do the following before your treatments begin:

  • Shave the area.
  • Stop waxing or tweezing.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact UniQ laser Center to learn more about laser hair removal. We’ll schedule a free consultation to address your questions and concerns. We’ll also discuss your medical history, and our specialists will examine the area in need of treatment to determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal.

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