A Beginner’s Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of shaving, waxing, or plucking your unwanted hair? If you are, then you may want to consider laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to remove unwanted hair from the body. The procedure is safe, effective, and painless and can be used to remove hair from the face, legs, arms, bikini area, and other areas of the body. If you are considering laser hair removal, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the revolutionary hair removal procedure.

Laser hair removal and how it works

Laser hair removal is one of the most permanent forms of hair removal on the market. It’s also one of the only FDA-cleared procedures that can directly target the source of hair growth beneath your skin.

Your hair—including unwanted patches on your underarms, chest and bikini line—grows from hair follicles located under the surface of the skin. Laser hair removal uses minimally invasive laser technology to gently target hair growth precisely at the follicle. Pulses of light render the follicle incapable of producing more hair, meaning you will stop growing hair in the treated areas.

Most patients see results immediately after their first laser hair removal session; however, treated hair continues to fall out for one to three weeks following each treatment. Depending on the size of the treated area, as well as hair and skin type, the number of treatments you may need to target all unwanted hair follicles may vary.

What does laser hair removal feel like?

Many people describe the feeling like a rubber band snapping against the skin. But keep in mind that everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Compared to waxing and other forms of hair removal, it’s not so bad. If you do find it uncomfortable, we can apply a numbing cream for the skin.

How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?

Laser hair removal is much faster than electrolysis. Electrolysis requires more time because it only treats one hair at a time, while laser hair removal treats many hairs with every laser pulse. For example, with laser hair removal a small area like the underarms can be treated in only twenty minutes.

Is laser hair removal effective for all skin types?

Laser hair removal uses highly concentrated beams of light to destroy your hair follicle, the source of where new hair roots and grows. To reach the follicle, a laser is targeted at the pigment in your hair. Traditionally, it was only possible for a laser to focus if there was a stark contrast between your hair and your skin—making the optimal candidate for laser hair removal someone with dark hair and fair skin. Improvements in technology have made laser hair removal for dark skin tones not just possible, but highly effective. Enhanced lasers can be used in a much more precise way to remove hair safely and effectively for medium, dark, and deep skin tones.

Can I get laser hair removal if I tan or spray tan?

We recommend 4 – 6 weeks of no sun exposure, tanning bed use, or topical tanning solutions before each laser hair removal treatment. Try to time out your spray tans so you have at least one full week and a good exfoliation before your next treatment. It’s important to have your skin tone as close to its natural color as possible. That way you can get the safest and most effective treatment.

If you feel like laser hair removal might be right for you, call or text 716.300.1444 to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed aesthetic specialists today!

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The scoop on sunscreens and why you need to wear one every day

It’s no secret that sunscreen is important. We’ve been hearing it since we were kids – slather on the SPF before heading outside, or risk getting a painful sunburn. But did you know that sunscreen is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer? Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds – so while you might not feel the heat of the sun on your skin, the UV rays can still cause damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, regular daily use of SPF sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40% and lower your melanoma risk by 50%. SPF protection will also help prevent premature skin aging, like wrinkles, sagging, and age spots.

At Healthy Complexions Spa, we sell a variety of high-quality, medical-grade SPF products that have you covered from head to toe. Just stop in to browse our products and find the best option for you.

What does SPF mean?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays will take to redden your skin if you apply the sunscreen exactly as directed compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. So, if you use an SPF 30 product properly, it will take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen.

What level of SPF do you need?
We recommend using a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and applying a generous amount on all exposed areas. Regardless of the SPF, it’s important to apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours.

Why should you use sunscreen?
⦁ Reduces your overall UV exposure
⦁ Lowers your risk of skin cancer and sun damage
⦁ Certain medications may cause photosensitivity, requiring more protection
⦁ Prevents premature aging of the skin
⦁ Helps maintain an even skin tone

Early detection starts with you and saves lives.
We want you to live skin healthy and a crucial way to do that is by having an annual skin examination. They are so easy to do, taking about just 10 minutes. The earlier we find a problem – the sooner we can take care of it. If you’d like to schedule a skin check call us at 716.831.2600.


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