Today there are a variety of ways to get rid of unwanted hair, but not all options share the same benefits as laser hair removal in Kansas City at our Leawood/Overland Park medical spa. For optimal results, shaving has to be done every day, waxing can be incredibly painful with temporary results, and hair removal creams burn and smell like chemicals.
Because of this, many people turn to laser hair removal to get long-lasting smooth skin without the hassle that comes with traditional methods. And did you know that winter is the perfect time to start looking into your laser hair removal options? 😄
The laser hair removal experts at AesthetiCare believe that research is a crucial first step before you go forward with any treatment. To help, here is everything you should know about laser hair removal in Kansas City.
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that uses light to inhibit hair growth. The pigment in the hair shaft absorbs the light, which in turn creates heat. That heat damages the hair follicle’s growth center, therefore hindering more hair from growing in.
Since hair growth cycles through resting and growing phases, the laser hair removal treatments are performed every 4 to 10 weeks, depending on the area of the body. Most people see the maximum reduction after 6-8 treatments.
Simply speaking, when hair is in its resting phase, it might not be able to absorb the laser’s light or generate enough heat to do any real damage. That’s why generally we recommend getting multiple treatments to remove hair as it rotates through the hair growth cycle.
Overall, laser hair removal in Kansas City from AesthetiCare Leawood will give you incredible, long-lasting results. In fact, it’s effective in removing 80 to 90 percent of hair in the treated areas! 🙌 Even though a small amount of hair will grow back, that hair is usually finer and less noticeable than it was before the laser treatment. Many people will do a touch-up treatment every 6 to 12 months to catch any lingering hair.
Common treatment areas for laser hair removal include:
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
When performed by a trained professional, laser hair removal in Kansas City can treat almost any area other than the eyelid.
Who can get laser hair removal in Kansas City?
Laser hair removal is a great option for men and women, but it works especially well for clients with fair skin and dark, coarse hair. This is because laser hair removal focuses on targeting the hair’s pigment while avoiding the pigment of the skin. When there’s a larger contrast between the color of the hair and the skin, the treatment works more effectively.
That’s not to say that others cannot benefit from hair removal, though. Oftentimes, an experienced technician will cater the treatment to each person, keeping in mind hair color, skin color, and hair texture. This allows each patient to have the best results possible.
At AesthetiCare Leawood / Overland Park, we always meet with our clients for an initial consultation. During that time, we’ll do a deep analysis of your hair and skin to customize your laser hair removal treatment.
Keep in mind that laser hair removal is not recommended for:
- Female clients who are pregnant
- Clients who have underlying skin conditions that could worsen with laser treatments
- Clients with blonde, red, or gray hair, since there’s not enough pigment to target
Benefits of laser hair removal
When done properly, the benefits of laser hair removal make the treatment a worthwhile option for many clients. Clients also find that irritation and bumps due to ingrown hairs is relieved after getting laser hair removal in Kansas City.
Other major benefits of the treatment are:
Precision & Accuracy
Not only can lasers target specific areas of the skin, they can also target specific pigments. That gives them the ability to seek out unwanted hair while leaving the rest of the skin unharmed.
Pulses of light only take a fraction of a second while treating multiple hairs at once. Laser hair removal can treat a quarter-sized area every second, making the process quick and easy. An experienced technician can treat small areas in minutes, while larger areas such as the legs usually can be performed in less than one hour.
Unlike other methods, laser hair removal in Kansas City gives permanent hair reduction benefits. Since the laser destroys the hair follicle’s growth centers, hair can no longer grow back. This usually happens after a series of 6 to 8 sessions.
Risks and side effects
Most side effects associated with laser removal are temporary and go away for many of our Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park clients soon after the treatment is done.
After the laser hair removal treatment, some clients experience temporary redness, swelling, and/or itchiness. Mild pain may linger after the treatment as well. These side effects tend to go away after a few hours.
Skin pigment changes
In rare instances, there may be some darkening or lightening of the skin in the treated areas. Again, these changes usually don’t last and fade over time.
Clients with lighter skin are more prone to see hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) while darker-skinned clients may see hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin).
Although crusting doesn’t happen often, some clients may find that the affected areas have crusted over. This shouldn’t be a cause of concern. If you take care of the area with a moisturizer as well as following our expert post-care instructions, the crusting after your laser hair removal treatment should go away without any scabbing or scarring.
A great laser technician will make sure that side effects are minimized as much as possible. But if you don’t choose your technician wisely, you could experience more serious effects. These laser hair removal side effects include:
To avoid these issues, make sure that you get laser removal in Kansas City done by a trained professional with FDA-approved lasers. At AesthetiCare, our facility has four FDA-approved laser/light systems for hair removal to offer you the most effective treatment available for your skin and hair type!
What does laser hair removal feel like?
The pain associated with laser hair removal in Kansas City varies from person to person depending on individual pain tolerances. Most clients rate the pain somewhere in between painless shaving and waxing.
If you’re thinking about getting a laser hair removal treatment, think about the feeling as a rubber band snapping against your skin. It may cause slight discomfort, but it’s definitely not unbearable. There is normally no lingering pain after the treatment.
In some instances, a technician will apply a topical cream to help numb the area before the laser treatment starts. This can be especially helpful for more sensitive areas such as the bikini line.
You can always speak to one of our technicians at AesthetiCare if you have concerns about pain or discomfort. We ensure that all of our clients are as comfortable as possible while getting laser hair removal.
The laser hair removal process
The special laser targets fully grown bulbs of hair and works to shatter them, which in turn prompts the surrounding skin to remove it.
You’ll usually meet with a trained technician to discuss your desired treatment area and the factors that contribute to whether or not you’ll be an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. At AesthetiCare Leawood, all of our consultations are completely complimentary!
Your provider will answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to coming in for your laser hair removal treatment, as well as discuss any risks or benefits to your particular skin type. Anyone who has tanned, used a spray tan, or gone to a tanning booth should wait until the tan has faded, as the pigment in the skin absorbs the laser light and reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
Once you are comfortable with how the process works, you and your provider will schedule an appointment, and go over the do’s and don’t prior to your treatment.
Clients will be instructed to shave the morning of or the day before their scheduled appointment. You and your provider will also discuss any pain management options that may be needed to help make laser hair removal a more comfortable experience for you.
Once your appointment begins, we’ll prep the area and the appropriate laser. A beam of highly focused light is absorbed by the hair and disables unwanted hair follicles. There is some mild discomfort that lasts only a few seconds; the heat from the laser light destroys the hair follicle, and a hair can no longer grow from it. Treatments can be 4 to 10 weeks apart and may require 6 to 8 treatments to receive maximum benefit.
Your provider will determine the number of additional sessions needed to reach your desired results. Discomfort and recovery time are typically minimal, so you can get back to your daily routine with little hassle!
After your procedure, you’ll be given proper aftercare instructions. To reap maximum benefits, be sure to follow those instructions carefully. This will include:
- Avoiding direct sunlight
- Avoiding tanning beds
- Using broad spectrum SPF daily
- Returning within 4 to 10 weeks for your next session
We let all of our clients know that hair removal won’t be instantaneous. Over the next few days and weeks, your body will begin shedding hair from the treated areas. You may notice more hair growth, but this is simply due to the hair growth process, and that is why we highly recommend that all clients continue with the rest of their sessions.
How long does laser hair removal in Kansas City last?
After your initial laser hair removal treatments, you’ll find permanent hair growth reduction. That means you won’t have to worry about unsightly hair growth for months, and even if some hair grows back, it’s finer and less noticeable than before.
To keep your results lasting even longer, after your initial sessions, we recommend getting a touch-up treatment every 6 to 12 months.
At-home versus professional laser hair removal
Many of our clients wonder if they can do their own hair removal at home. Although there are at-home options available, we don’t recommend trying to DIY the treatment.
At-home devices are less effective
It goes without saying that at-home hair removal devices don’t work as well as professional devices. They are not nearly as strong as our medical lasers. Because of this, you may see some hair loss, but it won’t be anything compared to getting a laser hair removal treatment done in a professional setting.
At-home devices aren’t as safe
Since the FDA considers at-home hair removal devices to be cosmetic rather than medical, there’s less scrutiny on them. That means, the strict guidelines professional-grade devices have to follow aren’t mirrored onto the devices you can buy. This can lead to safety concerns in the long run.
At-home devices can lead to more problems
When you do something yourself, you may not use as much caution as a trained technician would. As a result, you’ll be more susceptible to harmful side effects such as blisters, burns, eye damage, and in extreme cases, blindness.
How to find the best place for laser hair removal in Kansas City
When you’re ready to get your laser hair removal treatment, be sure to find a place that will give you the best results possible. During your search, look for qualities that makes a facility stand above the rest in the Leawood / Overland Park Community. This could be the difference between receiving great results or suffering from unwanted side effects.
Research the technicians
Having an experienced laser hair removal technician is crucial to gain the smooth skin you’re looking for. AesthetiCare in Kansas City has been trained in the laser hair removal process since 2001. Our experts intimately understand the process and are able to cater to our clients and provide custom treatment plans to fit your lifestyle and budget.
Ensure the lasers are FDA approved
Some places may use cheaper lasers that have yet to be approved by the FDA. You don’t want to compromise the quality and safety of your treatment. AesthetiCare is proud to have four FDA-approved hair removal lasers to give our clients the best results of laser hair removal in Kansas City.
Check out the credentials
If a facility offers laser hair removal in Kansas City without any credentials to back up their expertise, it may not be the best option. A strong facility will have strong creditientals to match.
AesthetiCare operates under board-certified surgeons. Our dedicated staff includes six Registered Nurses with over 50 years of combined experience in aesthetics and six licensed aestheticians with over 55 years of combined experience.
Schedule a consultation with AesthetiCare Leawood for laser hair removal in Kansas City today
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Our services are more than skin deep. The relationships we build with every single client helps us understand their needs to better serve them; not to mention, we love meeting new people and hearing their stories!
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