What to Know Before Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment

By: Michelle Eyler, ANP-BC


Waxing and shaving are well-known ways to manage excess hair. However, laser hair removal treatments are becoming increasingly popular for their long-term results. Ageless Skin and Laser Center is proud to offer cutting-edge laser tools, which provide safe and effective outcomes with few side effects.

But before committing to laser hair removal, it's important to know what to expect. Board-certified nurse practitioner Michelle Eyler can answer your questions during a consultation in Hagerstown, MD. Call today to schedule an appointment – and get ready to enjoy smooth, virtually hairless skin in the new year.

Why is laser hair removal better than other options?

Laser treatments offer a number of advantages over traditional methods of hair removal. Our laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, which helps prevent the hair from coming back. This means you can achieve smoother skin without constant maintenance. Plus, laser sessions are fast and relatively painless compared to waxing and shaving.

How patients should prepare for laser hair removal

Ageless Skin and Laser Center provides detailed instructions on how to prepare for any treatment. Shave the area you'd like treated prior to your appointment – but don't use any other hair removal methods. Waxing and plucking interfere with the growth cycle of the hair follicle, making it harder for the laser to target.

Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds since they make your skin sensitive and prone to side effects. Keep in mind that some prescription drugs also increase your risk of complications, so discuss any medications you're taking with nurse practitioner Michelle Eyler. We'll make sure we develop the safest plan possible moving forward.

Are there any side effects to consider?

Our state-of-the-art laser is designed to minimize discomfort and side effects, but everyone experiences some mild redness or swelling after their appointment in Hagerstown, MD. These symptoms typically resolve within a few hours – but you may want to plan accordingly if you have an important event coming up. Patients can apply a cool compress and use over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation.

How often should I get laser treatment?

Multiple laser hair removal appointments are necessary since hairs tend to be in different stages of growth. We generally recommend four to six sessions spaced 4 – 8 weeks apart for optimal results. Ageless Skin and Laser Center can provide a custom timeline based on your desired outcomes. The length of your treatment depends on various factors like hair thickness and skin type.

Does the excess hair grow back?

Most patients report long-lasting results after laser treatment. However, the laser cannot guarantee 100% removal since some hairs may escape targeting due to their growth cycle. To keep your skin smooth for as long as possible, maintenance sessions may be recommended. The good news is that any new hairs that appear tend to be lighter and thinner – making them easier to treat.

Get virtually hair-free skin in the new year

Excess hair doesn't have to rule your life. Achieve smooth, practically hair-free skin with laser hair removal from Ageless Skin and Laser Center. Michelle Eyler, our board-certified nurse practitioner, will be happy to address your concerns during a consultation in Hagerstown, MD. Call now to schedule an appointment and see why we are a trusted provider of this service.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.