Men and women continue to seek removal or reduction of unwanted hair on their face and body, whether by shaving, waxing, sugaring, threading, or tweezing. These hair removal methods yield desired results temporarily and require ongoing sessions, as often as every two weeks, to maintain the levels of hair reduction. These methods or temporary hair reduction are accompanied by skin irritation, skin lifting and ingrown hairs. For those who want more long-lasting hair reduction, who are tired of having to purchase razors and shave gels, or who no longer want to experience shave bumps (ingrown hairs) and the pigmentation that may occur after skin irritation and inflammation, there is permanent laser hair reduction.
How Does Permanent Laser Hair Reduction Work?
Permanent laser hair reduction works by the focused light from the laser targeting the pigment within the hair. The ideal candidate for laser hair reduction is a patient with black hair and light skin, although patients with brown hair and darker skin can be successfully treated, as there are specific lasers that we use to accomplish safe and effective treatments. Patients with blonde or white hairs are not good candidates for treatment as there is no pigment in the hair for the laser to target.
What To Expect Before & During Your Treatments
At SkinMD Seattle, we begin your treatment process with a consultation and evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for laser hair reduction. We will discuss how to address unwanted hair in your preferred treatment areas before and after laser sessions. We then will perform a patch test to assess your skin response and ideal starting point for treatment.
Successful treatment will usually require up to 9 treatment sessions, spaced at 4-to-6-week intervals, depending on face or body location of hair being treated. This is because hair grows in cycles and the laser is only effective to reduce hair growth in the active stage. As treatment proceeds, you should see gradual thinning of hair. After six sessions, there is around and 80% reduction in hair growth, increasing to over 90% after nine or more sessions.
Following completion of your treatment series, you will most often require enhancement sessions, up to three times per year, depending on hair growth rate, density and visibility of any residual hair growth.
Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Areas
Laser hair reduction can be performed for most parts of the face and body. Multiple areas can be treated during one session. Commonly requested treatment areas by SkinMD Seattle patients include underarms, upper lips and chin, bikini area and legs for women, while most requested areas for men include beard, neck, shoulders, chest and back.
Full body laser hair removal package is available to all genders at SkinMD Seattle.
Who Is A Candidate For Laser Hair Reduction Treatments?
All men and women with unwanted brown or black hair who are looking for long lasting hair reduction are candidates for permanent laser hair reduction. Additionally, if shaving, waxing, tweezing or threading hair removal methods are leading to ingrown hairs, shave bumps, PFB or hyperpigmentation, then laser hair reduction may be an ideal way to reduce or resolve these issues. To see if you are a candidate, contact SkinMD Seattle for a consultation and treatment plan.