All Your Laser Hair Removal Questions Answered

Laser Hair Removal, Mt. Vernon VA

The time and money you spend on shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hair add up. You may even experience ingrown hairs or skin irritation that makes shaving uncomfortable, even painful.

Laser hair removal can eliminate these concerns and save you from the hassle and discomfort of standard hair removal methods. This laser treatment is a straightforward process.

Here we have compiled answers to some of the questions many of our Mount Vernon patients have about laser hair removal.

What Should I Expect During Laser Hair Removal?

Your laser hair removal treatment at Cascade Facial Surgery & Aesthetics starts with cleansing the treatment zone. If the unwanted hair is in a small area with sensitive skin, we may use a numbing gel to keep you comfortable. You and the aesthetician will wear protective eyewear during the procedure, which may take just a few minutes or around an hour, depending on the size of the area. For example, laser hair removal on the upper lip will take far less time than treating the legs. The pulses from the laser may feel like a rubber band snapping your skin or pinpricks, but most patients don’t find the treatment sessions uncomfortable.

Do I Need to Shave Before Laser Hair Removal?

Yes, you will need to shave the area the night before or the morning of your appointment, as the skin must be cleanly shaved within 24 hours for optimal results and comfort during the laser hair removal session. Do not pluck the hair or wax, because this traumatizes the hair follicles, and follow the instructions our office gives you.

What Do I Need to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal?

You should avoid direct sunlight after your laser hair removal treatment along with tanning beds, sun lamps or any type of tanning equipment. The laser is calibrated to your skin tone and works best on untanned skin. You may want to consider scheduling your laser hair removal during the winter months so you can avoid sun exposure for all sessions. You may experience some redness and mild swelling similar to a minor sunburn, and a cool compress can ease any discomfort this causes you. We will give you aftercare instructions to follow to ensure you achieve optimal hair reduction.

When Will I See Laser Hair Removal Results?

The timeline varies by patient because of the thickness and color of the treated hair, treatment area, laser type and skin tone. However, you will likely notice a reduction in hair of up to 25 percent after your first laser hair removal treatment. You may notice the hairs falling out as you apply lotion or be able to pull them from the skin easily. Most people need up to six treatment sessions to reach their desired results, which may last a few years. When the hair in the treated area does regrow, it is typically finer, lighter and less prevalent.

Schedule Your Laser Hair Removal Consultation

If you are tired of shaving, plucking or waxing unwanted hair, laser hair removal can give you smoother skin without the hassle. Contact Cascade Facial Surgery & Aesthetics today to schedule your appointment by calling (360) 336-1947. We look forward to hearing from you soon!