With spring and summer on the horizon, unwanted hair is the last thing anyone wants to deal with. Laser hair removal
is popular among my San Ramon and Danville-area patients
partly because it offers permanent relief from shaving, waxing, or plucking.
But despite its popularity, there are still plenty of misconceptions that might keep people from pursuing laser hair removal
. Let's take a closer look at those.
"I thought it was only effective on dark hair."
While this was true for previous versions of hair removal treatment
, today's advanced lasers are effective on a wider range of hair colors. Laser hair removal
works by damaging the hair follicles with laser energy. That energy is absorbed and conducted by pigment in the hair. While very dark hair is still the most receptive to laser hair removal, our Palomar StarLux™ laser is much more adept at treating lighter hair.
"The treatment is painful, right?!"
Laser hair removal
isn't an experience free of sensation, but few people say it hurts. Instead, most patients report feeling something like a snapping or pinching sensation as the laser handpiece directs energy to the hair follicle. Afterward, skin may be temporarily red, sore, or sensitive, similar to a sunburn.
"OK, but it's time-consuming, though."
Not at all! Each treatment session at Essential Aesthetics
takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to complete, and you can feel free to resume your regularly scheduled activities once your visit is over. Laser hair removal
does require several treatments in order to achieve optimal results, and they're spaced several weeks apart from one another. Once your treatment regimen is done, your unwanted hair is gone indefinitely.