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Everything you Need to Know about Laser Hair Removal

Say goodbye to your razor, wax, and threading, and say hello to laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal is a procedure to remove unwanted body hair, which has incredibly long-lasting results. Laser hair removal can be applied almost everywhere on the body, but it is typically used for underarms, face, arms, legs, back, and/or bikini area. Laser hair removal should be performed by a trained professional with an appropriate laser for the person’s skin type. This is especially important on melanated skin tones to avoid scarring,  hyperpigmentation, or permanent hypopigmentation caused by the destruction of melanocytes in the skin from inappropriate laser type or use.

How does laser hair removal work?

Using a process called selective photothermolysis, laser hair removal destroys melanin (the skin’s color producer). The heat from a laser destroys cells that have a lot of melanin – such as hair. Since dark hair has a lot of pigment, it absorbs the most heat. Hair transfers to the hair follicles and destroys them, so hair can no longer grow. 

Results, recovery time, and risks.

After your laser hair removal appointment, your skin might be red, swollen and a little tender – each of these symptoms can be treated with a cold compress. You will be able to return to normal activities immediately following your appointment. It is recommended that you don’t expose the treated area to natural or artificial sunlight. 

Laser hair removal is not permanent, but the results last far more longer than shaving or waxing. You may not have new hair growth for years. The hair that does grow back grows much thinner and lighter. To obtain the full result of laser hair removal, most people need a series of six treatments. Laser hair removal is usually safe when administered by a quality dermatological specialist, but side effects can include blisters, burns, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, scars, or permanent skin discoloration, especially if done incorrectly.

If you are in need of laser hair removal, we can help. Connect with one of our skincare specialists at Urban Medspa & Weight Loss Center to discover how laser hair removal can help you get rid of stubborn, unwanted hair once and for all. Contact us today online or at (704) 971-9191 to schedule a consultation, where our skin specialists will help you discover and treat your unique skincare needs. Please ask our front desk staff to learn more about our monthly deals. We are proud to be Charlotte’s first med spa that specializes in the treatment of diverse skin tones, including African American skin and a variety of ethnic skin tones. Our team is committed to helping you look – and feel – your best.