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Your Everything Laser Hair Removal Guide

With an annual average of 228 days of sunshine, we Austinites spend the majority of our year in bathing suits — or shorts and short sleeves at the very least. And that means that if we want to keep our skin looking as smooth and silky as possible, we have a lot of upkeep to do. If you’re looking for an alternative to tedious shaving and costly, painful waxing, laser hair removal is going to be your new best friend. 

So throw out those razors and pull up a chair — here’s everything you ever wanted to know about laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal is crazy high-tech

When you visit us at Viva Day Spa, you’ll have a quick chat with one of our experienced laser technicians so they can go over the process with you, answer any questions, and make sure that laser hair removal is the right service for you. Then we’ll get you ready for your treatment so your life without unwanted hair can begin!

During your treatment, laser beam wavelengths travel through the skin to target your hair follicles. The high-energy laser light safely targets the pigment in the root of the hair, converts to heat, and destroys the follicle. This prevents future hair growth without damaging the surrounding skin.

At Viva Day Spa, our laser hair removal treatment is extremely quick. The total time depends on the size of the treatment area. For example, treatment of both legs usually only requires a 30-minute session.

It permanently reduces hair growth

Laser hair removal causes permanent hair reduction, to the point that you can stop shaving altogether. Here’s how it works: after each session, your hair growth is drastically reduced, and you’ll notice than any remaining hairs become finer and lighter in color. In addition to decreasing hair with each treatment, laser hair removal will also reduce the number of ingrown hairs and help prevent razor bumps, burns, and irritations so that your skin will be as soft as after a clean shave. 

But you will need a yearly touch up

The average patient will need six to nine treatments to notice the major reduction of hair growth. After this, any hair regrowth can be easily managed with a yearly touch-up treatment to keep your skin silky smooth.

You can use it to remove hair almost anywhere

Laser hair removal is effective for eliminating hair on all parts of the body, except for around the eyes. Common treatment areas are:

  • Face
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Lips
  • Ears

It’s super duper effective

Laser hair removal can vary from person to person, but on average, patients should expect that it will remove 80 to 90% of hair. 

Our hair grows in cycles, so while some hair follicles are in the growth phase, others are at rest. Because laser hair removal only eliminates hair in the growth stage, multiple treatments will be necessary before you notice permanent reduction. The average person will need between six to nine treatments for maximum results, and one treatment per year thereafter is suggested to maintain your results. 

It’s important to remember that hormonal changes — such as getting pregnant — can increase hair growth, but a maintenance treatment after you’re cleared for laser hair removal will balance it out and get you back to silky-smooth skin!

Plus it’s almost totally painless, thanks to our new technology

Because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, it’s possible to feel some mild discomfort during your laser hair removal treatment; however, most people report feeling no pain whatsoever. Traditional lasers can leave a hot feeling over the skin, but Viva’s Triton laser device has a built-in cooling tip that cools the skin before and after each follicle extraction, so even your minimal discomfort is further reduced. However, it’s important to us that you feel 100% comfortable in our care, so we also offer numbing cream (Lidocaine) to ease your stress. 

After your treatment, you’ll notice some slight redness and swelling (a condition called folliculitis) of the skin that will dissipate in a few short hours. Because this treatment requires no downtime, you can return to your daily activities immediately after your session. 

Our device is one of the safest around

Whereas many med spas use a hair removal device with only one wavelength, here at Viva Day Spa we use laser technology that’s the first of its kind. Triton by inMode is the world’s first multi-wavelength hair removal device — utilizing 755, 810, and 1,064 nanometers — which makes it high powered and safe enough for all skin types and hair colors. 

Still, if you may be pregnant, are breastfeeding or on certain medications, like blood thinners, you’ll need to avoid laser hair removal. 

And it works on almost all hair colors and skin types

Generally, laser hair removal works best on individuals with thick, coarse, dark-colored hair. Skin color, however, is no problem. While some spas only offer laser hair removal services for lighter skin tones, our new Triton laser hair removal tool allows us to treat clients with a wide range of skin tones and hair colors. This tool obliterates black, brown, and red hair like a boss. The only hair we can’t treat is blonde or gray hair — but hey, that’s why there’s waxing and sugaring!

You might want to shave before you come in

It sounds weird, but shaving the day before your treatment can actually help reduce irritation for some people. You’ll get rid of the hair above the surface of your skin, which means you’ll experience less of a burning sensation during your treatment. But the laser will still be able to target the hair follicle, so you’ll still see great results, just with less pain.

You may have to change up your skin care regimen

If you’re using products with retinol or alfa hydroxyl acid, you’ll need to put them away the week before your treatment — and afterwards, since these can increase skin irritation. Some people also experience a little extra dryness after their treatment, so you may want to slather on a little more moisturizer. Our expert estis can also recommend soothing products that will help your skin bounce back fast.

Skip the gym and the sauna after your treatment

Laser hair removal is pretty darn simple and shouldn’t keep you from going about your day as usual — with one exception. You don’t want to expose your skin to heat for the rest of the day after your treatment, so you should avoid going to the gym, soaking in the hot tub or hanging out by the pool. Not only can the heat irritate already-sensitive skin, it may also cause pigmentation in some people. So basically, this is your excuse to skip crossfit for the day!

“Just say no” to waxing and plucking

While it can be tempting to reach for the tweezers if you find a stray hair or two after your treatment, it’s best to avoid the urge to pluck. Plucking, waxing and electrolysis all target your hair follicles, making these methods no-nos before and after laser hair removal. For best results, stay away from all kinds of hair removal (except shaving) for four weeks before your treatment — and permanently after your first session. 

If you can’t get laser hair removal, we have plenty of other options

Laser hair removal isn’t right for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to go full sasquatch or suffer from ingrown hairs for the rest of your life. Our waxing and sugaring services will get you that smooth, hair-free look and give you more chances to sneak in a little extra spa time with a facial, mani-pedi or other revivifying service when you come in.

Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in a little pampering. And laser hair removal treatment will save you so much time on shaving and waxing, you’ll have more of it to spend at the pool or on the beach instead!

Come visit us at any of the three Viva Day Spa locations and find out how you can get 50% off the price of a series of six laser hair removal treatments. Our experienced technicians here at Viva Day Spa are ready and waiting to help you get your skin looking its very best.