Laser Hair Removal: What to Expect

A woman’s hair is said to be her crowning glory. Women are happy with and men admire beautiful flowing locks. But that’s when the hair is on the head. Many women are embarrassed and humiliated when unwanted hair grows in other places. Especially around the facial area. Ladies are willing to do almost anything to reduce unsightly mustaches, chin hairs, or extra heavy sideburns.

Unwanted female hair growth has proved to be a hard problem to handle. All kinds of things have been used without lasting results. Some of the approaches that have been practiced are waxing, tweezing and shaving. With these methods, the process often has to be repeated every few days.

At Spa Black in San Antonio, our expertly trained medical staff offers comfortable laser hair removal in a variety of packages and options. Contact Spa Black today to schedule your appointment.

Laser hair removal has the advantage of lasting much longer. If done properly laser hair removal can last for months at a time. If you decide to go this route, here are some of the things you will want to know about laser hair removal and what to expect.

What is laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is the attempt to permanently remove unwanted hair. This is done by directing a beam of laser light directly into the hair follicle and destroying the root or bulb of the hair. The Food and Drug Administration has stipulated that patients must be advised that even lasers don’t guarantee permanent hair removal. What is available with today’s technology is an effective way to control the appearance of unwanted hair on the face or other areas of the body.

Types of laser hair removal

The GentleLASE System we use here at Spa Black feature alexandrite lasers that are very effective and safe to use on skin. These revolutionary lasers use long-pulse, high-energy lasers that gently pass through the skin to the targeted hair follicle.

The heat from the laser effectively destroys the hair follicle, to deter it from growing back, while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. A Dynamic Cooling Device using cryogen is sprayed onto the skin to cool the upper layers for a comfortable experience. The targeted approach of this GentleLASE system helps protect the skin while treating the unwanted hair.

What to expect

Your first visit consists of a consultation where we will examine your skin and also look closely at what type of hair you have on the area from which you want it removed. The texture of the hair — fine or coarse — will determine the type of laser that will be used. A chilled gel will be smoothed over the target area to ease any burning sensations. The treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

You will be given ice packs and a soothing cream to use at home and advised to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for up to six weeks. Good results can normally be achieved within six to eight visits. After that you can schedule maintenance visits every six months or as needed.