Summer is here, and you’re probably already wearing your favorite tank tops and dresses. If you want to be done shaving or waxing your underarms, it’s time to look into other underarm hair removal options. Here’s what you need to know about underarm laser hair removal in Nashville.
How Underarm Laser Hair Removal Works
During laser hair removal, the laser targets each hair follicle to prevent future growth by destroying the follicle. It’s more effective on dark than light hair because the laser is attracted to melanin. It is also more accurate on people with skin that is lighter than their hair because the laser can better focus on the hair follicle.
The laser only affects hair follicles that are in the growth stage, so multiple treatments are required to remove all of the hair in an area. Underarms are a small area, so each treatment should take 10 minutes or less. We recommend three to 12 treatments for permanent underarm hair removal.
Preparing for Underarm Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check the credentials of the technician performing the procedure and the equipment they use. Our Cynosure Elite and GentleMax Pro lasers, for example, are state of the art.
Stop plucking, waxing or electrolysis for six weeks before your treatment. The laser targets the root of the hair, which is temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. You also need to avoid sun exposure on the treatment area for at least six weeks before and after your appointment. Sun exposure increases the risk of complications and makes laser hair removal less effective.
Pain and Side Effects of Underarm Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is relatively gentle, and there is little pain during or after each treatment. It’s often considered similar to or even less painful than waxing. Laser hair removal also eliminates the pain from razor burn and irritation caused by shaving.
Laser hair removal is safe and efficient, but you may experience some redness or swelling, similar to feeling sunburned on the treated area. Pigment changes in the skin you are treating are another possible side effect, but they are usually temporary. Avoiding sun exposure before treatments can help prevent hyperpigmentation as well.
If you’re ready to remove your armpit hair permanently, call us at 615-521-8847 to learn more about laser hair removal in Nashville.