How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal targets hair follicles, the structures in the skin that grow hair. Because the hair has pigment, our Soprano ICE™ All-In-One laser targets the hair root. The laser energy becomes heat, deactivating the hair follicle and stopping it from growing new hair.
Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions, even for a small area, because not all hair follicles have hair growing from them at the same time. Some will be in the resting phase, and these follicles will have no pigment for the laser to target. Over a series of treatments, new hair follicles will have woken up and started growing hair again, making them targets for the laser.
How Should I Prepare For Laser Hair Removal?
You should begin preparing for your laser hair removal sessions a month before. Follow these tips to make sure that your session gets rid of the most hair possible and gets you closer to your goal.
Stop Waxing, Plucking, or Epilating
These processes pull out the hair root, and with no hair root, the laser cannot target hair follicles for removal. Stop all of these activities four to six weeks before treatment to make sure you have healthy roots to treat. Shaving leaves the root intact, so you may keep shaving.
If you bleach your hair in the area to be treated, you will need to stop four to six weeks before treatment. Bleach removes the pigment that the laser uses to deactivate hair follicles, so bleach will have the effect of making your hair invisible to the laser.
Avoid Sun Exposure
The greater the contrast between the color of your hair and the color of your skin, the more easily the laser can target your hair follicles. Avoid tanning or even using a sunless tanner for at least four weeks before your treatment.
Review Your Medications
Make sure your provider at Rejuve has a complete list of all the medications you take, and if you add a new medication between treatments, contact them to let them know. Some medications can affect how the skin responds to treatment.
24-48 hours before your treatment, shave the treatment area thoroughly. Shaving will leave the root of the hair inside the follicle under the skin. Leaving longer hair above the skin can cause the hair to heat up too much.
Remove All Products
If you have lotion or any other type of skin product on the area to be treated, remove it before your session. Lotions or any other substances can prevent the laser from doing its job and getting to the hair follicles effectively.