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Laser Hair Removal

Can Anyone Get Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

By July 6, 2023No Comments

Laser hair removal is used for the long-term removal of both body and facial hair. It cuts down on the need to shave daily or get painful waxes.

Our team at Soha Spa and Wellness in Gaithersburg, MD performs safe laser hair removal in common areas, like the legs, arms, back, face, chest, and intimate areas. We can help you develop a custom treatment plan so you can take frequent, time-consuming hair removal off your to-do list.

Keep reading to find out if you’re a good candidate for laser hair removal.

How does laser hair removal work?

You will get the privacy of your own treatment room during your laser hair removal procedure. First, your aesthetician will cleanse the areas to be treated. You’ll predominantly feel the pushing and pulling of your skin as a team member tries to create a route to the hair follicle in order to target it with the Soprano® ICE Platinum laser handpiece.

The laser will destroy hair follicles to help prevent them from growing back. While it may sound uncomfortable, there’s a cooling mechanism so patients can stay comfortable.

Because hair is always in different stages of the growth cycle, one laser hair removal treatment will not be able to target every follicle. Typically six sessions are needed to remove almost all hairs, but you’ll see less hair regrowth right away.

Who makes a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Lasers need specific targets, and typically they are programmed to target darker pigments. In the past, earlier versions of hair removal lasers could damage darker (pigmented) skin in addition to the hair follicles, but the technology has evolved, and our lasers are safe for all skin types. And while lasers often work best on darker body hair, many are now able to target blonde, red, and white hair as well.

If you have questions about the results you can expect based on your skin tone and hair color, or if you have especially sensitive skin, the team at Soha Spa and Wellness in Gaithersburg, MD will be happy to give you an assessment before beginning treatment.

Good candidates for laser hair removal:

  • Have unwanted facial or body hair
  • Can’t or don’t want to use waxing, shaving, bleaching, and depilatory creams
  • Are troubled by ingrown hairs or razor burn after using other hair removal techniques
  • Are in generally good health
  • Are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Should anyone avoid laser hair removal?

While we do not have research showing that the use of lasers for hair removal has detrimental effects on those who are pregnant or nursing, we also do not have research showing it’s safe.

What we do know is that the numbing agents used during laser hair removal are designed to penetrate the skin, and they can enter our bloodstream. It’s unclear precisely what effect they have, but there is evidence that some chemical components could appear in breastmilk. Women who are breastfeeding can consult their physicians to find out what they recommend.

Get laser hair removal in Gaithersburg, MD

Laser hair removal is an excellent option for many patients who are troubled or simply inconvenienced by body hair and want a long-term removal option. Our team can even customize a laser treatment plan that works on many different areas of the body and for patients of all skin tones.

To learn more about laser hair removal in Gaithersburg, MD, schedule a consultation or appointment at Soha Spa and Wellness.

Contact Us 202-987-6750