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Laser Hair Removal: A Comprehensive Guide To Smooth Skin

Chichi Ogwe • May, 2023

Armpit Laser Hair Removal: A Comprehensive Guide

Chichi Ogwe • August, 2023

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For many of us, we prefer to keep our underarms bare and free from hair for appearance and hygiene reasons. There are numerous methods available to help remove armpit hair:

  • Shaving
  • Waxing
  • Plucking
  • Depilatory cream
  • Threading
  • Electrolysis removal 
  • Another method to help successfully get rid of underarm hair is armpit laser hair removal. Unlike other methods, laser underarm hair removal procedures produce long-lasting and effective results, and it comes with plenty of benefits as well.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Advantages of Choosing Laser Hair Removal
  • 2. How Does Armpit Laser Hair Removal Work?
  • 3. Preparing for Your Armpit Laser Hair Removal Session
  • 4. What to Expect During the Procedure
  • 5. Post-Treatment Care and Recovery
  • 6. Comparing Laser Hair Removal with Traditional Methods
  • 7. Evertone IPL Hair Removal device
  • 8. FAQs
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Advantages of Choosing Laser Hair Removal

Here are some of the benefits of laser hair removal underarms procedure.

Speed and precision
A typical laser hair removal session takes between 15-60 minutes – so it’s a quick procedure, and it effectively targets specific areas of the skin.

Minimal discomfort, pain and side effects
Laser hair removal may feel slightly uncomfortable because you may experience a little bit of pain (like a rubber band snapping against your skin) but this is minimal. Also, side effects are minimal: you might experience a little bit of redness but this disappears after a day or two.

No more ingrown hair
Some hair removal methods – such as shaving and waxing – cause ingrown hairs. With laser hair removal, you’re not likely to experience that problem, therefore minimizing the risk of bumps, itching and inflammation.

Safety
Laser technology is much more advanced these days, so the procedure is safer and less likely to cause cuts and scars.

Improves the appearance of skin
Laser hair removal makes skin look and feel smooth, and it eliminates dark marks and uneven skin tone and texture.

Cost and convenience
In the long run, laser hair removal treatments save you money and time, because you won’t have to spend valuable time and money on razors, waxing strips, shaving cream or going to the salon.

Low maintenance
This procedure doesn’t require much maintenance, except for a few touch ups throughout the year.

No/low downtime
Laser hair removal treatments usually don’t require any (or much) downtimes, so you can resume normal activities after the session.

Long-term results
After a few sessions, laser hair removal destroys the hair follicles and makes the hairs fine and thin, so they won’t grow back and you can achieve hairless armpits. It’s a long-term, permanent solution.

How Does Armpit Laser Hair Removal Work?

The laser hair removal armpits procedure works by the use of a device operated by a dermatologist or medical professional. Known as an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device, it functions by shining a beam of light over the armpit area, which heats up the hair follicles. When this happens, the hair follicles are damaged so new hairs won’t be produced.

Preparing for Your Armpit Laser Hair Removal Session

Here are some of our top tips to help you prepare for your armpit laser hair removal session.

Consultation with a professional
Before embarking on a laser hair removal session, it’s important to have a consultation first with a qualified professional. This is to ensure that they understand your medical history and advise you on the procedure. In addition to this, they might perform a patch test to see how your skin reacts to the laser.

Avoid sun exposure
Keep your skin out of the sun, don’t sunbathe or tan and take extra precautions by wearing SPF with a high factor for at least a week before the armpit laser hair removal session.

Clean and exfoliate the skin
Cleanse and exfoliate your skin beforehand to keep skin clear and free from dirt oil and makeup.

Wear comfortable clothing
Wear loose fitting clothing when getting ready for your appointment. For laser armpit hair removal, it might be best to wear a top with no sleeves.

Don’t wax, epilate or pluck
Do not use an epilator, and don’t wax or pluck any hairs from the root. This is because the root is required for the laser to work effectively.

Avoid caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that makes it hard for you to relax, and it makes your skin feel more delicate. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks beforehand.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide that explains the armpit laser hair removal session and process.

Preparation
On the day of the procedure, you will need to shave your underarms and refrain from applying deodorants, lotions and creams beforehand, because these might interfere with the laser treatment.

 A medical professional will clean your armpits and apply a mild anaesthetic cream, and a cooling gel before the start of the procedure to protect your underarms from the laser’s heat. Plus, you’ll have to wear protective eyewear throughout the procedure and this will be provided for you.

First step
The medical professional will place the laser device over your underarms.

Second step
The laser device will emit a beam of light and pulses of laser energy over your armpits. This source of light heats up the hair follicles and damages them, so new hairs won’t produce.

Final step
The laser underarm hair removal procedure lasts for 15 minutes.

Post-Treatment Care and Recovery

After the laser armpit hair removal session, downtime is low to none, but aftercare is essential, so follow these post-treatment tips.

Follow your doctor’s instructions
After the session has ended, your medical professional will provide you with instructions to follow in the aftermath of the treatment. Make sure you follow the set of instructions, especially this relates to your healthcare needs and medical history.

Avoid sun exposure
Keep your skin out of the sun to prevent burning, and wear SPF.

Wear loose clothing
Wear loose clothing, and avoid clothing that feels tight and rough on the skin while you heal from the procedure.

Avoid hot showers and baths
Avoid hot baths and showers for at least 48 hours to prevent skin irritation and clogged pores.

Use a mild moisturizer
Use a mild moisturizer or anti-inflammatory to soothe your underarms. Don’t wax, use exfoliators or harsh skincare products for at least 10 days after the procedure.

Use a cold compress
You might experience redness, slight pain, discomfort, tenderness, blistering, swelling or bruising. These symptoms should disappear after two days, but you can use a cold compress to relieve the side effects.

Comparing Laser Hair Removal with Traditional Methods

Let’s take a look at other methods in comparison to laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal vs shaving
Shaving is quick and easy to do, but so is a laser hair removal procedure! Hair removal by shaving doesn’t last very long and your skin is prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs. With laser, the results are long-lasting and effective, and you won’t experience razor burn or ingrown hairs.

Laser hair removal vs waxing
Like shaving, waxing can cause ingrown hairs and the results are not long-lasting. Plus, waxing can be painful. Laser hair removal prevents ingrown hairs and prevents new hairs from forming.

Laser hair removal vs using an epilator
Laser hair removal devices work by targeting the hair follicle and damaging it to prevent new hair from developing. Epilators don’t work in the same way and hairs still grow back.

Evertone IPL Hair Removal device

If you’d rather get rid of armpit hair at home, then you’ll need a tool that will do the job sufficiently. Well, look no further than Evertone IPL Hair Removal. It’s a device, which uses Intense Pulse Light Therapy technology to zap away those pesky underarm hairs. Plus, it keeps your armpits smooth in just four 45-minute sessions in the comfort of your own home.

FAQs about Armpit Laser Hair Removal

Is armpit laser hair removal safe for all skin types?

Laser hair removal for underarms can be used on all skin types and tones, but it is more effective for people with light skin and dark hair.

How many sessions are required for optimal results?

Two to six laser hair removal sessions are recommended for most patients.

Does armpit laser hair removal hurt?

The skin on your underarms is thinner so the laser procedure might hurt, but you will normally be given a mild anaesthetic cream.

Are there any side effects to consider?

Some side effects of laser hair removal for underarms are redness, bruising, swelling, redness, scarring, blistering burns from the laser’s heat and lightening or darkening of your skin. This is why preparation beforehand is important. Most side effects disappear after 48 hours.

Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.

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Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.