Here’s a fun fact: Adult humans have about 5 million hair follicles on their body, the same number as a chimpanzee. You’re right, it’s not fun, but it’s a fact! We spend an enormous amount of time and money on this annoying daily ritual. That’s a whole lot of shaving, waxing, depilatories, and tweezing, resulting in razor burns, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, skin irritations and the occasional crime scene laceration. Stop the madness! Laser hair removal (LHR) at our Michigan med spa can change your life. It will quickly, safely, and effectively remove unwanted hair from (almost) any area of the body.
What you need to know:
Hair grows in three stages: anagen (growth), catagen (regression), and telogen (resting). The laser only works on hair in the growth phase. Between appointments, some of the hair will grow as it cycles through the phases. Hairs that may have been dormant during previous treatments may now be active. This is why a series of treatments is necessary, so hair can be targeted as it moves into the growth phase. When the laser hits your skin, the melanin, or pigment in your hair follicles absorbs the energy and is destroyed. Once a follicle is successfully destroyed, it won’t grow back.
Is it permanent?
There is no such thing permanent or 100% hair removal. However, you can expect to see a gradual reduction over several treatments. (We recommend at least 6 treatments, scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart). When hair does grow back between appointments there will be less of it and it will be finer and lighter. For example, when you have completed your treatments, you may only have to shave once every few weeks or months instead of daily. A touch-up appointment once or twice a year may be necessary.
How do I prepare?
Avoid tweezing and waxing 2 to 4 weeks prior to your appointment. These methods can disturb the hair follicle and interfere with laser hair removal. Shaving is OK because it preserves the follicle. In fact, shaving is recommended so that the laser doesn’t target hair above the skin, potentially causing a burn. Also, avoid tanning and sunless tanning products.
Does it hurt?
It doesn’t feel great, it’s like a rubber band snapping. But you can do it, you can do anything!
Does it work on gray or blonde hair?
Does everyone get the same results?
Absolutely not. It is important to remember that each person’s age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, medication, and hormones have a direct result on hair growth and can affect their laser hair removal process. Individual results will vary.