Simplify your Beauty Routine with Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its practical benefits. Unlike shaving or waxing, it offers a more permanent solution by targeting hair follicles directly. This results in smoother skin for longer periods.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure utilizing concentrated light beams to remove unwanted hair. Considered a semi-permanent hair removal method, it targets the pigment (melanin) located in hair follicles to damage them and inhibit future hair growth.

During your session, your technician uses a handheld device that delivers laser energy directly to the skin. The hair follicle pigment absorbs the light energy and converts it to heat that inhibits the follicles’ ability to produce new hair. It effectively reduces the number of actively growing hairs in the treated area, resulting in a significant decrease in hair density over time.

Multiple treatments are typically required to achieve optimal results, as hair grows in different phases and laser hair removal treatment is most effective during its active (anagen) growth phase.

Where is Laser Hair Removal Used?

Commonly, laser hair removal is used to target hair on legs, underarms, the bikini area, face and back, chest, neck and shoulders. It is appropriate for both men and women.

The Laser Hair Removal Process

During your treatment, the skin is usually cooled with a specialized device or cooling gel to minimize discomfort and protect the surrounding skin tissue from excessive heat. The duration of each treatment depends upon the size of the area to be treated. Smaller areas like the upper lip can take only a few minutes, while larger areas like the legs or back may take up to an hour.

It is important to undergo your hair removal treatment under the supervision of a trained and experienced professional, such as a licensed esthetician to ensure safety. Additionally, proper pre- and post-treatment instructions should be offered to minimize any side effects such as skin irritation or pigmentation changes.

Ideal Candidates

To determine whether you are a good candidate for laser hair removal, schedule a consultation with your spa and salon’s esthetician. Your provider will assess your skin type, hair color and texture, medical history and treatment goals to determine is hair removal is suitable for you and to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Ideal candidates typically have:

  • A noticeable contrast between the hair’s pigment and the surrounding skin. Dark hair on light skin allows the laser to precisely target darker hair follicles, but technology advancements make it possible to treat a wider range of skin tones effectively.
  • Thick coarse hair. The laser energy is absorbed more readily by darker and thicker hairs.
  • Realistic expectations. Laser hair removal typically requires multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Some hair may regrow over time, although it is generally finer and lighter than before treatment.
  • A commitment to multiple sessions. Multiple treatment sessions spaced several weeks apart are usually required to target hairs in different stages of growth.
  • Good overall health. Certain medical conditions or medications may affect your candidacy for laser hair removal. It’s important to tell your provider about any relevant medical history including skin conditions, medications or recent sun exposure.

Who Should Not Get Laser Hair Removal?

While the treatment is safe and effective for most, it may not be suitable for everyone. Those who are not candidates for laser hair removal include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions lie active skin infections, herpes simplex virus (HSV) in the treatment area, skin cancer or a history of keloid scarring, and those with autoimmune disorders.
  • Individuals with certain skin types or conditions such as very dark skin tones, active tanning or sunburns.
  • Those using medications that make the skin more sensitive to light or increased risk of complications. Please disclose all medications including over-the-counter and herbal supplements to your provider.
  • People with certain types of hair. It may not be as effective on fine, light-colored or grey hair.

Mira Spa and Salon

Mira Spa and Salon offers a welcoming and comfortable environment for clients undergoing laser hair removal treatments. This includes private treatment rooms equipped with soothing music, soft lighting and comfortable seating. Clear communication is also important to instill confidence and trust, and to share essential information about the procedure, its benefits, and what to expect before and after treatment.

With a holistic approach to beauty and wellness, Mira Spa and Salon can complement its laser hair removal services with other salon offerings such as facials, massages, skincare and salon treatments.

Contact Us Today

Schedule your consultation today by contacting Mira Spa and Salon at 571-313-8962. Or book your appointment online.