Laser hair removal (such as is offered by Marjan Medical Laser Inc) is a great option for many people who are looking for a more permanent hair removal solution than shaving. However, it is not a miracle cure, and it is not always quite as simple as patients think going in. Laser hair removal may very well be an excellent choice for you, but it's important to be informed of these little intricacies and facts about the process before you make your appointment.
It works better on dark hair than light hair.
The laser focuses on the pigment in your hair. Thus, the darker your hair is, the better job the laser does at removing it. If you are a dark-haired person, you can expect laser hair removal to work well for you. However, if you have lighter hair, your results may not be as pronounced, or you may have to undergo a few more treatments in order to get the "hairless" results you desire. Your technician should be able to look at the color of your hair and give you an idea of how effective laser hair removal will be for you.
You will probably need more than one treatment.
Laser hair removal is not an instant fix. Even if you have dark hair, you will need more than one treatment in order to completely get rid of your hair. The laser kills your hair follicles, and the more "stubborn" ones may need to be hit with the laser a few times before they stop producing hair. Most patients need between three and seven sessions. These are spaced a few weeks apart. Make sure you have the money and time to commit to these sessions before heading into your first one.
It does cause some skin irritation for a few days.
If you have an important event coming up, you may want to delay your laser hair removal appointment until afterwards. The procedure does cause some itching, redness, and peeling of the skin for a couple of days afterwards. Your technician will recommend moisturizers and pain relievers to keep you comfortable, but you should not expect your skin to look its best right away. After your first treatment, you will know what to expect in terms of healing time. (Everyone heals at a different rate). But, to be safe, schedule your first appointment at least a week before an event where you want to look your best.
You'll need to stay out of the sun for a few days after your treatment.
Exposure to sunlight will aggravate your already sore skin after the treatment. Thus, it is not wise to schedule a laser hair removal appointment before a vacation to the beach or big summer barbecue. You'll need to apply sunscreen regularly when you do venture outside.