Shaving, waxing, tweezing – there are many ways to remove unwanted body hair. But there’s a problem with all of these solutions: The hair keeps coming back.
This is why so many Americans are turning to laser hair removal. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were 1,136,834 laser hair removal procedures performed in 2015, which makes it the third leading non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the country.
Laser hair removal involves the use of a highly concentrated light to damage hair follicles, thus inhibiting hair growth. If you are interested in seeing the benefits of laser hair removal in Washington, D.C., contact Radiance Medspa.
Our staff will evaluate your health and cosmetic goals to determine if you are a good candidate for body hair removal. Call 202-483-0008 to schedule a consultation.
5 Steps to Take before Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
As Medical Daily explains, the lasers involved in hair removal therapy utilize a wavelength of 1,064 nanometers – in other words, infrared radiation that is invisible to the naked eye. When this concentrated light makes contact with your skin, it heats your body hair to more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit, burning the follicles and impairing their ability to grow hair.
In addition to being highly effective, laser hair removal is also safe. Medscape reports that about 80 percent of patients respond well to the procedure. On average, LSR causes a 30-percent decrease in the appearance of hair at the targeted area with each treatment.
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment, which means there is a very low risk of complications. The most commonly reported side effects are minor skin irritation, temporary discomfort, redness and mild swelling, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If you have scheduled a laser hair removal appointment, follow these five steps to prepare for the procedure:
- Speak to your doctor about your medical history including any supplements, prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you are taking;
- Stay out of the sun for four to six weeks before your treatment. Excessive sun exposure may heighten the risk of side effects such as skin lightening;
- Avoid plucking, waxing and cryolipolysis. These will make it difficult for the laser to target your hair follicles;
- Shave one or two days before your treatment to ensure the laser is effective at targeting your body hair during its active growth stage; and
- Bathe before your laser hair removal appointment. Your skin should be clean and absent of makeup or dirt.
If you have questions about laser hair removal in Washington, D.C., contact Radiance Medspa. Our top priority is patient safety, and we focus on personalized, results-oriented treatments.
Our spa operates under the supervision of a medical doctor, and we personalize every body hair removal procedure to ensure the results look natural. Call 202-483-0008 today to schedule an appointment.