There are plenty of hair removal treatments available – from old-school waxing to advanced IPL systems. If you’re considering a more permanent solution, consider a light-based or laser hair removal technology. We asked the team at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics for the five most important things to know when choosing an option that’s suitable for you!
#1 The treatment must suit your skin type
While laser hair removal is extremely effective, for certain patients an IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment may actually be more suitable. That’s why having a first consultation with your aesthetic doctor is a must. During the consultation, they’ll also be able to assess the number of sessions needed based on your skin and hair type.
Cutis uses three hair removal systems: laser, IPL and LHE (light and heat energy). Each one caters to patients with different skin types. For example, we use IPL or LHE for those with medium to light skin tone, and patients with sensitive skin. On the other hand, laser hair removal is safe for patients with any skin type – especially those with darker skin. Each hair removal procedure is backed by clinical studies for safety and effectiveness for every skin type.
#2 Multiple sessions are required
Regardless of which device you choose, you’ll likely need a minimum of eight to 12 sessions for lasting results. The treatments are only effective when the hair is connected to the hair follicle, otherwise known as the anagen stage.
All hair removal systems work on the same principle. The hair pigment absorbs the light energy, which converts to heat. This heat damages the hair follicle permanently, in turn slowing down hair growth. In order to effectively damage the follicle, the hair needs to be connected to it. However, at any given time, only a small percentage of our hair will be at this stage. That’s why multiple sessions are necessary to achieve good results.
#3 Consistency is key
Depending on the area, hair removal sessions are commonly spaced two to eight weeks apart. Consistent treatments ensure that the hair follicles are effectively treated and damaged in their new growing stage.
#4 Be realistic in your expectations
It’s important to have the right expectations before signing up for any package. Laser, IPL and LHE provide permanent hair reduction – not permanent hair removal. This means that the treatments will permanently reduce the total number of hairs, but they will not remove all hair for good. However, you can be sure that the result is long-term with a stable reduction, and any hair left behind should be fine and light.
#5 There are several preparations needed
Avoid shaving for at least 24 to 48 hours before your treatment. You want to allow your hair to grow out long enough for stubble to be visible. In addition, you should not tweeze or wax the hair of the area to be treated for at least two weeks prior to your treatment.
The ideal hair length is about a quarter of an inch. But if you think that your hair is too long, trim it before your appointment. Remember that some hair growth must be visible from the follicles for the treatment to be effective.
Also, you’ll need to avoid any type of sun tanning two weeks before and after your procedure. Tanned or sunburned skin tends to be more sensitive and may put your skin at risk.
To find out which hair removal procedure works for you, arrange for a first consultation with Dr Sylvia Ramirez, our Harvard-trained Medical & Scientific Director.
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