Generally, the most common areas that require permanent hair removal are the legs, face, underarms and bikini area. Some areas, such as the bikini line, require more precise treatment as this area is sensitive and is home to a lot of tiny hairs.
Laser hair removal is useful for getting rid of unwanted hair from different parts of the body. The advantages of laser hair treatment are accuracy, speed and predictability.
Lasers target dark and coarse hair precisely, protecting the surrounding skin from damage. It takes a split second to send a laser pulse and treat all hair in a small area. Treatment can be completed quickly, depending on the size of the area being treated. Complete hair removal on the entire back or legs will take no more than an hour. This process gives predictable results as most patients will lose their hair after a few sessions.
The duty of a healthcare professional is to fully prepare the patient for the procedure, answer any questions and solve any problems that may arise. Patients should also consult with their doctor before getting laser hair removal, as they know the medical history and can give their professional advice on this matter.
The laser hair removal administrator must educate patients about all the benefits and risks and must give realistic expectations regarding the results obtained from the hair removal procedure. When providing information, it is important to be truthful and speak frankly with the patient. During the consultation, the patient should be informed of all treatment options and costs. The number of sessions that the patient requires should be communicated to them in advance so that they do not expect full results after the first laser hair treatment.
Before and after photographs of the treated area can be taken to assess and see the difference, especially between the first two visits, to see how far the patient has gone.
Patients undergoing laser hair removal are advised to avoid direct sunlight as sunburn may put them at increased risk of side effects such as skin lightening. If the patient already has a tan from sun exposure or tanning beds, they should wait until it disappears before doing the final epilation. It is best not to go out in the sun for at least six weeks prior to your laser hair treatment.
Plucking, waxing, or electrolysis hair removal is not recommended six weeks prior to laser hair removal, as these methods destroy the hair follicle and interfere with the laser hair treatment process. However, shaving is harmless as it preserves the shaft and prevents the laser from entering the area above the skin, which could cause burns.