Integrated Dermatology Group of Reston

There are a few things you can do to ensure that your laser hair removal treatments in Northern Virginia yield the most satisfying results.

After all, the reason anyone gets laser hair removal treatments is that they are sick and tired of the money and time that go into alternative hair removal options.

So, before you begin your treatments, keep these tips in mind!

Stick to the Schedule

Laser hair removal treatments are planned on an intentional schedule based on the growth cycle of your hair.

Because of this, it is so important that you pre-schedule your treatment sessions and that you never cancel.

Skipping or delaying treatments will only set you back in the long run and may require that you return for more treatments than originally prescribed.

No Tweezing or Waxing

When you tweeze or wax your hair you are removing the entire hair follicle.

The lasers used to remove hair do so by targeting the hair at the base, which means it is necessary that the hair be present to effectively remove.

Shave Strategically

While you may not be able to wax or tweeze your hair, shaving is acceptable and even encouraged.

This is because when you shave your hair the hair follicle is still intact and can be targeted with the laser technology.

The best thing you can do for great results is to shave the treatment area the day before your session.

This creates less hair for the laser to contact which results in a more comfortable and effective treatment session.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Before and during your laser treatments it is crucial that you avoid sun exposure as your skin will be extremely sensitive and prone to burring.

FAQ about Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular, but people still have questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most people do not find the procedure painful. It is likened to a rubber band slapping the skin.

Is it safe?

Yes. Laser hair removal is FDA approved as a safe method of hair removal.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses laser pulses to target and destroy the root and follicle of the hair. Once the root and follicle are destroyed, the hair can’t regrow. For this to work. The hair must be targeted during the active growth phase. Since hairs all grow at different rates, it takes several treatment sessions to capture every hair in the growth phase. Therefore, multiple treatments are required.

How long do results last?

Results vary depending on your body. Some people see permanent results and other people need a touch up treatment every 6-12 months. It depends on your hair and skin type, but proper preparation and aftercare can improve your results.

What is the best way to prepare for laser hair removal?

To get the best results, you should avoid waxing, plucking, sugaring, and tanning for six weeks prior to your treatment. You can still shave, since shaving does not remove the hair root or follicle (remember that the laser targets the root, treatment won’t work if there are not follicle to target). Avoid makeup, lotion, moisturizer, and sunscreen on the day of your treatment.

Which areas of the body can be treated?

Laser hair removal can be performed anywhere except the eyelids. Popular treatment areas include the legs, back, arms, chest, upper lip, underarms, and bikini area. You can also get laser hair removal on your ears, nose, scalp, eyebrows, forehead, and other parts of the face.

Can anybody get laser hair removal?

Anyone can get laser hair removal, regardless of skin color or hair type. However, people with dark hair and light skin tend to see results faster. Any woman or man can undergo treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Treatments in Northern Virginia

To schedule your laser hair removal treatment today, call Integrated Dermatology of Reston at (703)437-7744.