Laser Hair Removal is hands-down one of the most popular, universally-embraced, non-invasive beauty treatments, especially in cities like Miami where arms and legs are on display year-round.
Unwanted hair is one of the banes of existence for countless women and men of all ages, all cultures and all walks of life. It’s embarrassing, a hassle to remove, and even affects your clothing choices or nixes that last-minute invitation to a beach outing or pool party. Not. Fun.
During your consultation, the mia Aesthetics doctor will look at your problem areas, skin and hair color, hair coarseness, and evaluate your candidacy for laser hair removal. You should not be clean-shaven or waxed, to allow the surgeon to get an accurate idea of the amount of hair and its texture. While everyone’s hair responds differently to laser and everyone has wildly different numbers of hair follicles, your doctor will most likely recommend a minimum of 4-6 treatments and offer you a package tailored to your needs. Nearly every part of the body can receive treatment, from your big toes to the hairline on your head.
Ideal candidates are men or women who feel they have excessive hair on the face or anywhere on the body. Individuals with light skin and dark hair generally constitute the best candidates for the laser hair removal treatment, although this continuously evolving technology is increasingly allowing for a wider pool of candidates, so it’s important to discuss your eligibility with the doctor. Laser Hair Removal is especially effective for people with sensitive skin for whom waxing, shaving or tweezing causes redness, bumps, or rashes. And for people who shave but still have a “shadow” from the hair below the surface, laser can create smooth, hairless results with no tell-tale “shadow” to darken the skin, which lightens and improves the look of the skin.
Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.
A day before laser hair removal, you will need to shave or trim the hair in your treatment area to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair as well as your skin color. The doctor will have you wear eye goggles for protection from the bright laser light. It will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin. Next, the doctor will send a pulse of light to the treatment area and watch the area for several minutes to make sure the best settings were used and to check for any reaction. The procedure can come with a “sting” which can intensify in sensitive areas or areas with a lot of hair, so the doctor can adjust the laser for your comfort level. Future laser sessions will be based these settings and can be raised as you develop more of a tolerance. Treatment also stings less as the treated areas have less and less hair to treat. When the procedure is complete, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You can schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later.
No tweezing or waxing! As long as you’re actively undergoing laser hair removal, do not pluck, wax, thread, tweeze, epilate, or do anything to remove the root of the hair…The more mature, thick, and dark the root is, the MORE EFFECTIVE the treatment will be. The laser needs a hair follicle to be intact in order to eliminate it permanently.
You may experience some mild redness or irritation after treatment which could last for a few minutes or for a day. It’s also extremely important to avoid the sun or use sunblock for a few weeks after the procedure. This is why many people choose to do their Laser Hair Removal in the wintertime.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
There are many wonderful laser machines out there that effectively remove hair. But in inexperienced or unethical hands, treatment can be extremely slow, ineffective or unnecessarily painful. At mia Aesthetics, our doctor isn’t interested in stretching out the number of sessions to drive up profits. The laser will be used to maximize your hair removal as quickly and safely as possible and your unique settings will be on file, to effectively monitor your progress and eliminate guesswork. This is not a “one size (or one setting) fits all” approach. You have many choices in Laser Hair Removal in Miami, and we are proud to offer top technology and expert delivery at competitive pricing.
How long do I have to wait between treatments?
The approximate time patients should wait is between four to eight weeks. It all depends on the area where the procedure was performed. Facial hair, for example, grows faster and is often more stubborn than hair growing on other areas of the body. Our mia Aesthetics experts will offer you guidance based on your hair grow-back rate.
Is Laser Hair Removal truly permanent?
Yes! The reason people get laser hair removal touch-ups over the years is because the body continues to create new hair follicles. But the hair that slowly and eventually regrows in treated areas tends to be thinner and easier to handle. And these finer hairs can often be eliminated in just one treatment. That said, you can expect to enjoy your smooth, hairless results for years.
Can I have laser hair removal if I’m pregnant?
NO, pregnant women are not allowed to get laser treatment. Health care providers avoid it due to the lack of information about how it can affect the fetus.
Can I have laser hair removal for my eyebrows to eliminate the hassle of plucking them every week?
No. The laser light should never be applied so close to the eye. The area above the eyebrows is safe to laser, as is the area between the brows, but protective eyewear is essential. Otherwise, virtually any part of the body is safe to laser. Ask your mia Aesthetics surgeon about all the areas that interest you for treatment. We can create custom packages to address all your unwanted hair zones.