Pain-Free Laser Hair Removal at Advanced BMI Lebanon
Traditional hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, and tweezing take a lot of time and effort, and are often painful. This is why laser hair removal has gained popularity over the years as people have turned to it to get rid of unwanted hair permanently. At Advanced BMI Lebanon, we believe that laser hair removal should be as painless as possible.
Is it really pain-free?
YES. Our laser hair removal machine is the newest in the market and utilizes the latest and safest technology to ensure that you are most comfortable throughout the treatment.
Should I worry about any side effects?
Side effects of laser hair removal at Advanced BMI are few and rare. After the treatment, your skin may become pink, especially if you have very fair skin, but this coloration doesn’t last long. The skin usually returns to its natural color 10 to 15 minutes after the end of the session. The side effects of any heat-related treatment like the laser hair removal are burning and scarring. However, occurrences of these risks would be an exception and are additionally reduced thanks to our advanced technology and to the extensive professionalism of our laser hair removal treatment expert.
Does it work on all types of hair?
Older laser hair removal machines were ineffective in treating certain types of hair such as blonde, red and thin hair. However, our new technology allows us to treat these hairs and to successfully eliminate them. You may need an initial consultation with the laser hair removal technician in order to assess your hair type and to determine whether the treatment will be beneficial for you.
How long does it take?
The duration of the treatment depends on the area and the type of hair. Thick, black hairs usually require a longer period, but the average treatment time is 5 to 6 sessions. Sessions are one month and a half apart. Two to three weeks after a session, the treated hair will grow back and fall out on its own. At Advanced BMI, we offer a free follow-up session with our laser hair removal technician 20 days after a session to evaluate the condition of the hair.
During laser hair removal, a high powered laser is used to remove your unwanted hair. The laser goes through your skin and then to each individual follicle of hair. The laser damages that follicle so hair doesn’t grow as well in the future. For those with dark hair and light skin, laser hair removal works the best. Laser hair removal with slow hair growth, but it doesn’t stop it completely. A patient will usually require several laser hair removal treatments for there to be an extended period where hair doesn’t grow. Many patients will also need maintenance laser treatments.
People have laser hair removal done to remove unwanted hair from their body. Treatment areas usually include upper lip, armpits, legs, bikini line, chin, and other areas where the patient no longer wants hair. The only areas where the treatment can’t take place is around the eye. The type of skin as well as the hair color play a role in the success of the treatment. Those that have dark hair and a lighter skin are successful. The laser targets the melanin in the hair which is the pigment. Newer options have also made it possible for people with darker skin to have successful treatments as well.
If you have white, red, grey, or blond hair, laser hair removal usually isn’t very successful. There are new treatments being looked at currently to combat this.
There’s no guarantee of permanent hair removal when you have a laser treatment done. Some hair may grow after the treatment or be resistant to the treatment. New hair can be finer and lighter in color, however after laser hair removal is done. Some of the side effects of the treatment can include the following:
- Irritation of the skin – There can be swelling, redness and general discomfort after the treatment is completed. In a few hours, these symptoms usually go away.
- Changes in pigment – the skin can go lighter or even darken after the treatment, but this is usually temporary. Those that have darker skin will usually see lighter skin. This is common if the laser is used at a wrong setting.
In same rare cases there can be crusting, blistering, scarring and some other changes to the skin texture. The treatment isn’t done around the eye to eliminate the risk of eye injury from the laser.
You want to find a doctor that has a specialization in cosmetic surgery or dermatology and one that is board certified before you have a laser treatment. Make sure the doctor has experience in laser hair removal. If there’s a licensed nurse or a physician’s assistant that does the work, ensure that the doctor supervises this work. Try to avoid salons, spas, and other places where there’s not going to be a doctor that does the work. Before you have the work done you’ll go to a consultation with the doctor. At this visit the doctor will look at:
- Medications you may use as well as your medical history.
- Discuss expectations, benefits, and risks with your doctor. You’ll learn what the treatment is capable of doing and what it can’t do.
- There will be images taken to look at the skin before and after the treatment and this will also be used in long-term reviews.
- You’ll want to discuss the related costs and a treatment plan that’s right for you. This treatment is an out-of pocket expense so you need to pay for it yourself. In most cases, insurance won’t cover it.
The doctor will provide you with several tips you can use prior to your laser hair removal such as:
- Staying out of the sun – You’ll want to avoid a tan as this can increase the risks of side effects like the lightening of your skin. If you have a tan or want one, make sure you wait until it fades before you have any laser hair removal done. It’s recommended by many doctors to stay out of the sun for six weeks before you have laser hair removal done.
- Avoid electrolysis, waxing and plucking – If you use these methods, you can disturb the hair follicle and this will interfere with hair removal. Shaving is fine since it doesn’t disrupt the hair shaft and is recommended. If you shave prior to hair removal, it’s been shown in studies to improve your results.
Before you have treatment done the hair around the area may be trimmed. You may receive goggle to protect your eyes from the laser. You may get an anesthetic cream applied around the hair removal area to relieve discomfort from the treatment.
A hand-held laser is used during the procedure. A cooling gel or cooling device may be used on the tip of the laser to protect the skin during the laser treatment. Once the laser beam is activated it passes through the skin to the follicles where the hair grows. The heat from the laser damages these follicles and this inhibits the hair growth. You may feel a bit of discomfort or even coldness from the gel or cooling device on the laser. Some areas will only take a few minutes where other areas of the body may take a few hours such as the back.
There may be some swelling as well as redness after the procedure is completed. This can last for several hours. In some cases, ice may be applied to remove swelling as well as lotion or gel such as Aloe Vera. If the pain is severe an over the counter pain medication may be prescribed for you. If the skin has a reaction to the hair removal a steroid type cream may be applied by the doctor. After the procedure you‘ll want to avoid exposure to the sun as well as tanning beds. Once the skin has healed you need to use sunscreen while in the sun. You may get hair shedding for a few weeks after the treatment which shouldn’t be confused with hair regrowth.
Hair removal results will vary person to person after the treatment. If a person has multiple treatments this can result in the hair taking a longer time to grow back which can last for years. In some cases hair may still grow, so multiple treatments are usually necessary with about four to six treatments recommended over a period of weeks. There may also be a need for periodic maintenance treatments which may occur every six to twelve months.