Laser hair removal can be achieved with a number of machines of all different brands. Some of the most common are the Elite laser and the GentleMax.
Laser hair removal can be safe for treating all skin tones, including darker tones, BUT, you want to make sure that your provider has the correct laser for your skin type. Using the wrong laser can result in burns.
Before and after three treatments
At this office, we have lasers and the expertise to treat patients of all skin tones. Laser hair removal works best on patients with dark hairs (black and brown). It cannot be done on patients with blonde or white/grey hair. The lasers we have work well for both coarse and fine hairs. One of the most important things to know before going in for laser hair removal is that patients cannot undergo treatment if they have a suntan.
During treatment, the laser can feel sensitive on the skin, and when treating areas such as the groin or upper lip, topical numbing cream can be used to minimize discomfort. Most patients describe the feeling as a slight snap against the skin. After treatment, patients are able to go about their days as planned as they generally notice no symptoms. In some patients, there may be slight residual pinkness, but this resolves within an hour.
Depending on the area being treated, laser hair removal on average requires 4-6 treatments to achieve desired results. These treatments should be spaced apart 4-6 weeks to ensure a new round of hair growth. In between treatments, patients should not be waxing, threading, or plucking hairs in the areas being treated. Shaving is okay, and actually recommended a few days before treatment.
After the treatment course is complete and desired results are achieved, the results are considered semi permanent. This is because several years down the line, patients will report individual stray hairs in treated areas. Patients can return to the office for 1-2 treatments to tackle these hairs that have grown back.