Using traditional hair-removal techniques like waxing, shaving, and plucking can be time-consuming with inconsistent results. The risk of embarrassing knicks, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs can ruin the cosmetic benefits of your efforts.
Laser hair removal avoids damaging your skin by treating hair follicles at a deeper level, where hair grows. While this allows you to achieve a flawless, hair-free appearance on virtually any area of your body, it’s important to understand how results can differ depending on where it’s used, so you’ll have realistic expectations.
No matter what area is treated, you can achieve optimal results from laser hair removal when your treatment is administered by experienced professionals. The medical team at Ovation Wellness in Madison, Mississippi, uses the safest and most effective laser treatments to help you achieve the long-term results you desire.
Every patient’s laser hair removal needs vary based on factors such as hair growth patterns, lifestyle, and personal preference. Find out more about laser hair removal and the areas where you can use it to achieve a sleek, hair-free look.
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal treats unwanted hair with concentrated beams of light that are targeted to unwanted hair follicles. The light energy damages the follicle without harming the surrounding skin.
Laser hair removal causes treated hair to die, but it doesn’t permanently stop all regrowth. However, laser hair removal can drastically reduce hair regrowth over time in treated areas.
Every hair undergoes three stages of growth: an active stage, a resting stage, and a shedding stage. Laser hair removal only works on hair in the active stage.
Since every strand in a treated area isn’t at the same stage at the same time, most patients need two to six treatments to achieve lasting results for a specific area, though outcomes vary significantly.
Where laser hair removal can be used
Laser hair removal can be used to safely remove unwanted hair from most areas of your body except the area closest to your eyes. During your consultation, our laser hair removal specialists determine whether this technique is right for you based on a review of your medical history, the condition of the targeted hair and surrounding skin, and your expectations.
Some of the most popular areas for treatment with laser hair removal include the:
- Upper lip
- Bikini area
- Arms and legs
The results you achieve with laser hair removal can vary depending on the area being treated. Laser hair removal works best on areas that have dark hair and light skin — areas where there is a contrast between your hair color and skin color.
Here are some details about what to expect from laser hair removal of popular treatment areas:
Laser hair removal for facial areas
Because of the size of facial treatment areas such as your upper lip, chin, and neck, laser hair removal here is a relatively quick and easy procedure that can be completed in as little as a few minutes.
While laser hair removal on any area of your face can provide long-lasting results, it typically isn’t permanent. Since hair grows quickly on your face, treatment intervals for any facial area are likely to be closer together than required for other body parts.
Laser hair removal for back and legs
A laser hair removal treatment on your back or legs may take more than an hour because of the size of the surface area. Hair on these areas may be thick or heavy, so you may see noticeable results faster.
However, hair grows slower on your back, so treatments for this area are likely to be spaced over longer periods of about every 12 to 16 weeks.
Laser hair removal for bikini area
Laser hair removal for your bikini line can produce dramatic results quickly since the hair there is usually thicker and darker. Treatment of this area usually requires between four to six sessions at intervals of three to six weeks.
Patients typically achieve lighter, thinner hair and an 80% reduction in the amount of hair in the bikini area. Maintenance treatments may be required as often as once or twice a year for a hair-free bikini area.
Laser hair removal for underarms
Underarms are another area where laser hair removal can deliver noticeable results quickly because of the typically dark hair that grows in this area.
When used on your underarms, laser hair removal can provide a smooth appearance that’s free of hair and from the dark shading that typically occurs on this area after shaving or waxing.
Find out more about laser hair removal and how this treatment can provide a smooth, hair-free appearance virtually anywhere. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.