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Wave Goodbye to Arm Hair: Laser Removal for Arms Explained

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Ethos Spa specializes in providing safe, effective laser hair removal that delivers smooth, stubble-free results. 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about our underarm and arm laser hair removal services. You’ll learn about the treatment process, benefits, effectiveness, side effects, and what to expect from your sessions. 

What is the process of laser hair removal in underarms?

underarm laser hair removal

At Ethos Spa, our technicians use laser technology to target hair follicles in your underarms. The laser emits concentrated light absorbed by hair follicle pigment, disabling regrowth. 

Pulses feel like quick pinpricks. We prep the area, apply cooling gel for comfort, and glide the laser handpiece over your underarms, delivering pulses. Sessions typically last 15-20 minutes. 

You may feel slight prickling but we maximize comfort. After each session, underarm hair sheds and regrowth becomes finer and lighter until eliminated

How does laser treatment work for under arm hair removal?

Our advanced laser system is designed for permanent hair reduction on all skin tones. It uses wavelengths that selectively target melanin in the hair shaft and follicle, disabling them without damaging skin. 

Since hair grows in phases, multiple treatments target all follicles. With each session you’ll see less regrowth. The laser can safely and effectively remove coarse arm hair with minimal discomfort through customized settings.

What are the benefits of laser underarm hair removal?

Laser hair removal advantages over shaving/waxing:

  • Permanent smooth, stubble-free results
  • Precision targeting of hair follicles
  • Fast 15-20 minute treatments
  • Low maintenance after treatment series completed
  • Confidence boost from silky underarms
  • Time savings compared to shaving/waxing
  • Long term cost savings
  • Gentle on delicate underarm skin

How effective is laser under arm hair removal?

Most patients see significant reduction after 3-4 sessions. For maximum results, we recommend sessions every 4-6 weeks until hair growth ceases. With our skilled techs and advanced technology, expect excellent underarm hair clearance.

Can laser permanently remove arm hair?

Yes, laser removal provides permanent arm hair reduction when completed as a full treatment series. The laser disables hair regrowth by targeting follicles. 

After your final session, destroyed follicles cannot produce new hair, leaving arms smooth. While most hair is permanently removed, a small percentage of follicles may be unaffected with minimal regrowth possible over time. 

We recommend touch-ups as needed, but can permanently remove most unwanted arm hair.

What are potential side effects of armpit laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is very safe with minimal side effect risks. Mild redness and swelling around the treated area is common and resolves within hours. Some feel slight prickling/stinging from laser pulses. Our cooling technology and soothing gel provide comfort.

Potential but unlikely side effects:

  • Skin irritation, bumps or rash
  • Hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones – usually temporary
  • Hypopigmentation – very rare lightening of treated skin
  • Blisters/crusting with appropriate laser settings
  • Infection is extremely unlikely

We determine ideal settings during consultations to avoid side effects. With proper care, most patients have minimal reactions. Let your technician know of any concerns.

Is laser effective and safe on dark skin?

Yes, our advanced laser safely and effectively reduces hair growth on dark skin tones. Its adjustable wavelength settings allow for successful treatment of higher melanin levels. The laser targets hair follicle pigment, not surrounding skin, selectively disabling hair while avoiding darker skin damage.

We take extra precautions for darker complexions and closely monitor skin reactions, adjusting settings as needed. 

Our specialized protocols achieve excellent hair removal results for underarms and arms for patients of color. Schedule a consultation so we can determine the optimal parameters for your skin type.

What are alternative methods for arm hair removal?

If you’re not ready to commit to laser hair removal, alternative options for removing unwanted arm hair include shaving, waxing, epilators, hair removal creams, and electrolysis.

Here is a comparison of these different hair removal methods against laser:

MethodCostPain LevelResultsSessions Needed
Laser RemovalHighLowPermanent6-8

Can laser hair removal cause nerve damage in arms?

When performed properly laser hair removal poses very minimal nerve damage risk in the arms or underarms. Our system has built-in features to prevent overheating and allows for safe treatment of delicate areas. The laser only affects hair follicles, leaving nerves and other tissues unharmed.

We carefully control settings and energy delivery while closely observing skin reactions as an extra precaution. Any pinching/stinging felt is temporary, not nerve damage. Our protocols ensure your safety during treatment.

How to prepare for underarm laser hair removal?

To ensure effective, comfortable underarm laser hair removal, follow these prep guidelines:

  • Stop shaving 4-6 weeks before to allow hair growth, trim to a few millimeters
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs 1 week before that can increase bruising
  • No tanning 4 weeks before treatment
  • Arrive with underarms washed and clean – no deodorant/perfumes/powders
  • Shave any remaining stubble before your session
  • Wear a comfortable sleeveless top for easy access
  • Take over-the-counter pain reliever if sensitive
  • Arrive with clean, dry underarms

Properly prepping optimizes your results and healing. Ask any questions before your appointment.

How many laser sessions needed to remove underarm hair?

Most patients need 6-8 laser treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart for permanent underarm hair removal. This allows dormant follicles to reactivate for laser disabling. The number varies based on individual hair thickness and density. With each session you’ll notice less regrowth. 

After hair is fully cleared, we may recommend annual touch-ups if new growth appears. More treatments are needed initially, but you’ll eventually be free of underarm shaving/waxing. We provide consultations to estimate your personal requirements.

Does underarm laser hair removal hurt?

laser hair removal treatment

Most patients feel minor discomfort during underarm laser hair removal

However, our advanced laser system was designed for permanent hair reduction in delicate underarm areas. It delivers gentle laser pulses typically described as light pinching or rubber band snapping sensations. This may be more pronounced on thicker hair.

We maximize comfort and minimize any potential pain through:

  • Highly trained technicians monitor patient sensitivity
  • Cooling gel applied for soothing relief
  • Adjustable settings/tip sizes match your pain tolerance
  • Patients often take over-the-counter pain medication beforehand

While pain thresholds vary, our clients are pleasantly surprised by how little discomfort they feel during our optimized protocols. Your comfort is our top priority. Inform your technician if any area needs special care or attention.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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