Few cosmetic procedures show effects immediately and only some highlight this fact more than laser hair removal. Although this treatment can leave your body smooth and hair free, it is important to have a realistic understanding of what effects to expect and—more importantly—why.
What Is Hair?
For all the attention and care we give to hair, the truth is that the hair you see is actually dead protein and is no more alive than our nails are. The part that’s important for laser hair removal is the follicle or “root”. This is the part that the laser targets and is what determines the overall effectiveness of the removal treatment.
At any given time, about 20% of your follicles are in the growth phase. During this period, melanin builds up in the follicle as it goes about creating new strands of hair. Melanin, being a dark pigment, happens to be very good for absorbing the light of a laser. This is the basic idea behind laser hair removal; the laser is absorbed more readily by the pigment in growth-phase follicles, thus causing the follicles to heat up and die.
When You Get Home
This focus on follicles is why, when you look at yourself following a visit to a laser hair removal clinic, you won’t see any immediate difference besides some redness from the laser. The hair is still present, but the thing that would make it grow is fried and gone. Without the follicles to anchor them, the affected hairs will fall out on their own over the following days.
It can be tempting to try and scrub or tweeze your skin to speed the process along, but this is inadvisable for two main reasons:
1.You can’t tell if what you’re pulling out is a regular hair or one that has had its follicle fried; meaning, you could be wasting the effort.
2.Your skin needs to recover from the laser treatment. Even after any initial swelling fades, your skin is still going to be a bit raw and sensitive—it was just blasted by a laser, after all.
It’s best to avoid scrubbing or applying pressure to the skin for three to five days and to only pat dry during this period.
What Happens Next
After a few days, you may notice what seems like new hair growth at the site of the laser removal treatment. This is a sign that the procedure is working, paradoxical as it seems. Not all of the hair removed by your laser treatment was above the skin. Some of it was still inside the follicle at the time and had not grown enough to be visible. These hairs have now been pushed out of the skin and can be removed. Be gentle and careful when removing these surface hairs. If it feels like the hair is still attached to something, leave it alone and let it finish shedding. Two days is a good waiting period between attempts.
Remember that only about 20% of your hair is affected by a laser treatment at any given time. It will take a few more visits to the clinic to achieve the full hairless effect you desire. The exact number of laser treatments you’ll need will depend on your skin type and the size of the area to be affected.
Keep these tips in mind after each session at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic and you’ll be enjoying your smooth, hair-free skin in no time at all. Contact us today for more information or to book a free assessment so we can determine the best way to administer your treatment and give you the perfect skin you deserve.