If you have unwanted hair on your body or face, you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. Laser hair removal works for both men and women. It targets the pigment in hair follicles and prevents them from further growth. It is the most effective, painless, and quick method of hair removal.
What is a Laser?
Lasers are focused beams of light that are used to target and remove unwanted hair in the treatment area. Instead of the hair going through the traditional hair removal method of being pulled out from the root, lasers disable the follicle of the hair by damaging the melanin in it. This essentially destroys the hair follicle and prevents it from growing back. This method of permanent hair removal is considered to be one of the most long-lasting methods out there for getting rid of unwanted hair.
While laser hair removal has been around for quite some time, it has advanced greatly in recent years thanks to new technologies and discoveries made in the medical world. Thanks to these advancements, people are able to get the results they want without having to go through the excruciating pain often associated with this method of removal.
Keep in mind that there are a number of different factors that play into how effective your laser treatment will be. This includes things like your skin type, the color of your skin, and the density of your hair in the area. If you have lighter skin or thinner hair, you're more likely to see results quicker than someone who has darker skin or more dense hair. Additionally, you'll need to get multiple treatments in order to see the complete effects of the procedure. Typically, most people require six to eight treatments for the best results.
What are the benefits of Laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that permanently reduces the amount of hair on your body. The laser emits specialized light energy that is absorbed by the melanin in your hair and converted to heat. The heat helps destroy the cells responsible for hair growth without harming the surrounding skin. Most patients experience permanent hair loss after an average of five treatments spaced out over a few months.
Laser hair removal is also a great option for patients who have suffered from frequent razor burns or irritation from shaving. Shaving irritates the skin as sharp blades cut across it and remove the top layer of your skin along with the hairs you are trying to remove. This leads to more skin and hair cells in the hair follicle, which makes it more difficult for the follicle to absorb the light energy during subsequent treatments. Additionally, shaving can cause ingrown hairs that lead to scarring and painful bumps on the skin's surface. By contrast, laser treatments require no preparation – you arrive with clean skin and sit comfortably while our Doctor glides the laser wand over the surface of your skin.
Lastly, laser hair removal offers significant convenience for our patients. Not only does it provide a permanent solution, but it is also a quick procedure that can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. Most other hair removal methods are either time-consuming (such as waxing) or temporary (such as shaving). Laser hair removal is a more permanent solution that can be performed during your lunch break! If you are tired of constantly having to shave your legs or wax your upper lip every few weeks, schedule an appointment with us.
How does the Laser work?
The laser works by using pulses of concentrated energy to target the melanin in the hair-producing cells. When it does this, the hair pigment absorbs the energy and heats up, then explodes into the surrounding tissue. This helps to destroy the hair follicles and prevents them from regrowing in the future.
We offer our Laser hair removal options at our office. By scheduling your appointment with us, you get access to all of the standard benefits of undergoing treatment in an office setting, plus the extra benefits that come with being treated by a doctor who has specialized training in this procedure. This also includes having access to numbing creams or gels to reduce any discomfort you may feel during the procedure. We also advise that you avoid plucking or waxing the hairs for at least two weeks prior to your first treatment, as this will help to ensure the laser energy is able to penetrate the skin effectively.
Are the results permanent?
Yes, laser hair removal treatments are permanent for most clients. Most people experience a permanent reduction in hair growth following their treatment series, but it's important to note that some hair regrowth may still be experienced as a result of hormonal changes or certain medications. Laser hair removal will only affect hairs in the active phase of growth at the time of your visit. If your hair is actively growing three to six months after your treatment, it can theoretically be treated again. However, this is generally unnecessary because most people will experience a significant reduction in hair growth after their series of treatments.
Is it painful?
Many patients say that laser hair removal is less painful than waxing or shaving. This is because lasers use light energy to damage the hair follicle and destroy the root. Because there is little to no pain during the procedure, you can focus on other things, and you won't need to schedule multiple appointments to complete a full treatment.
Laser hair removal works by damaging the root of the hair, which will eventually cause the hair to stop growing after several treatments. The laser targets melanin in the follicle, so people with fair skin will see the best results. However, darker skin tones can still be treated but may require more sessions.
Our skincare team is happy to answer any questions you have about Laser hair removal procedures. Contact us today to schedule your consultation! It's all about healthy, glowing skin this New Year.