Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal treatment has been in the news a lot lately. It has become the preferred way to eliminate unwanted hair. Unlike waxing or shaving, the results are long-lasting or permanent. Also, unlike electrolysis, we can treat vast areas in one to three sessions. Book a personalized consultation at our team at Eternity Med Spa in Creve Coeur, MO, the greater St. Louis area.
Popular Laser Hair Removal Treatment Areas
The popular areas are the back, chest, and neck for men and the bikini area, underarms, and facial hair for women. The perfect candidates for laser hair removal had to have dark hair and light skin. Still, newer technology allows hair removal for people of all skin types and hair colors.
Since the laser releases its energy into dark pigment, people with dark tans should let them fade before the removal treatment, or the skin will absorb some of the energy instead of the hair. Therefore, the ideal time for laser hair removal treatment is when tans have faded.
Candidates For Laser Hair Removal
Most adults who want to remove unwanted hair are good candidates for laser hair removal therapy. The best results usually occur when a good contrast between skin tone and hair color exists. Coarse hair also tends to respond well to laser hair removal. You are still a great candidate for removal treatment if you have brown hair or slightly darker skin. Light, thin, and grey hair may not absorb enough laser energy for hair removal treatment to work on those colors. Your treatment provider will measure your skin tone using the Fitzpatrick table to determine your candidacy for treatment and the number of sessions you may need to achieve lasting results.
Preparing For Laser Hair Removal
Before your laser hair removal treatment, stop waxing or plucking hair at the treatment sites. You can and should shave the day before your laser hair removal treatment. We want the hair in the removal area to be short but present. Avoid excessive sun exposure before laser hair removal. In addition, we want your skin to be its natural, untanned tone. This way, your skin can absorb the maximum amount of energy into the melanin in your hair. You can shower and clean the area on the day of your laser hair removal. However, do not apply lotion or other products to your skin.
Your laser hair removal session at Eternity Med Spa in Creve Coeur may take a few minutes or hours. Hair removal treatment time depends on the number and size of treatment areas you may want in a single session. For example, smaller areas like the upper lip may take 20 minutes, whereas the back or the legs may take much longer. Our advanced-trained nurses at our Creve Coeur med spa will discuss how long you should expect to be in our office so you can plan your treatment days accordingly.