Laser Hair Reduction Small Area 3 Treatments
Whether you have been a long time patient or are looking to try laser hair removal for the first time, Columbia Laser has you covered! Or should we say uncovered?
Laser hair reduction small area 3 treatments. No need to go bargain-hunting! We have the best prices in Columbia and are happy to serve you. We recommend having a minimum of 9-12 treatments on any area. Once you purchase 9 laser hair reduction small treatments of one area with us, receive 3 free of the same area!
A small body part is considered one of the following:
- Upper lip
- Panty line
- Top of hands
- Tops of feet
- Belly button (“happy trail”)
- Middle of eyebrow
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair.
During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.
Although laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn’t result in permanent hair removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, but it can be successfully used on all skin types.
Why it’s done
Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and the bikini line. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area. Skin with tattoos should not be treated either.
Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. The basic principle is that the pigment of the hair, but not the pigment of the skin, should absorb the light. The laser should damage only the hair follicle while avoiding damage to the skin. Therefore, a contrast between hair and skin color — dark hair and light skin — results in the best outcomes.
The risk of damage to skin is greater when there is little contrast between hair and skin color, but advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin. Laser hair removal is less effective for hair colors that don’t absorb light well: gray, red, blond and white. However, laser treatment options for light-colored hair continue to be developed.
Risks of side effects vary with skin type, hair color, treatment plan and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:
- Skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
- Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin. These changes might be temporary or permanent. Skin lightening primarily affects those who don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment and those who have darker skin.
Rarely, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture.
Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for eyelids, eyebrows or surrounding areas, due to the possibility of severe eye injury.
How you prepare
If you’re interested in laser hair removal, choose a clinic that has experience with laser hair removal on your skin type.
Before laser hair removal, schedule a consultation with a laser technician to determine if this is an appropriate treatment option for you. Your laser technician will likely do the following:
- Review your medical history, including medication use, history of skin disorders or scarring, and past hair removal procedures.
- Discuss risks, benefits and expectations, including what laser hair removal can and can’t do for you.
At the consultation, discuss a treatment plan and related costs. Laser hair removal is usually an out-of-pocket expense.
The laser technician will also offer specific instructions to prepare for laser hair removal. These might include:
- Staying out of the sun. Follow your technicians advice for avoiding sun exposure 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after treatment. Whenever you go out, apply a broad-spectrum, SPF30 sunscreen.
- Lightening your skin. Avoid any sunless skin creams that darken your skin.
- Avoiding other hair removal methods. Plucking, waxing and electrolysis can disturb the hair follicle and should be avoided at least four weeks before treatment.
- Shaving treatment area. Trimming and shaving is recommended the day before laser treatment. It removes hair above the skin that can result in surface skin damage from burnt hairs, but it leaves the hair shaft intact below the surface.
What you can expect
Laser hair removal usually requires six to nine treatments. The interval between treatments will vary depending on the location. On areas where hair grows quickly, such as the upper lip, the treatment might be repeated in four to six weeks. On areas of slow hair growth, such as the back, the treatment might be every 8 to 12 weeks.
For each treatment you’ll wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam.
During the procedure
The laser technician will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument will be used to protect your skin and lessen the risk of side effects.
When the technician activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the hair follicles. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. You might feel discomfort, such as a warm pinprick, and you’ll likely feel a sensation of cold from the cooling device or gel.
Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, might take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back, might take an hour.
After the procedure
You might notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after laser hair removal.
To reduce any discomfort, apply ice to the treated area.
After laser hair removal and between scheduled treatments, avoid sunlight and don’t use a tanning bed for two weeks or as directed by your doctor. Use a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen daily.
Hairs do not fall out immediately, but you will shed them over a period of days to weeks. This may look like continued hair growth. The repeated treatments are usually necessary because hair growth and loss naturally occur in a cycle, and laser treatment works best with hair follicles in the new-growth stage.
Results vary significantly and are difficult to predict. Most people experience hair removal that lasts several years. But laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. Hair can regrow, it’s usually finer and lighter in color.
You might need maintenance laser treatments for long-term hair reduction.
To schedule your appointment for laser hair reduction small area, give us a call at 803.851.3459 during business hours: Monday through Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-4pm.