Laser hair removal is a popular procedure among people who have unwanted facial or body hair. It can be used to create permanent or semi-permanent reductions in hair growth on the upper lip, chin, arms, chest, back, legs, buttocks and other body areas. There is no downtime with laser hair removal and minimal likelihood of side effects. This is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that can often be completed in mere minutes. Best of all, it is far less painful than waxing or threading and can produce equally attractive results.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, waxing and threading leave the hair follicles open and vulnerable to invasive bacteria. People who regularly use these hair removal methods are often prone to problems like razor burn, nicks, cuts and even serious follicle infections such as folliculitis. It can also be costly to secure all of the resources that are necessary for this type of grooming, particularly when consumers are committed to using high quality and top-performing hair removal instruments.
Laser hair removal does not leave the follicles open and exposed, thus there is a far lower risk of skin irritation and infections. More importantly, new hair growth will be significantly reduced after each treatment. Due to this fact, the need to invest in costly waxing or shaving equipment will be significantly minimized. People can save money, gain increased confidence and limit the amount of time that they spend on hair removal overall.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
During laser hair removal procedures, lasers are used to send targeted beams of light into each hair follicle. Many people compare the sensation caused by each laser pulse to the feeling of being popped by a rubber band. The laser can render all treated hair follicles incapable of growing new hair. Before these treatments are started, the skin in the targeted area is cleaned by the laser technician. A numbing gel can also be applied to the skin in order to minimize the patient’s discomfort. As each hair follicle is addressed, the individual hairs will be vaporized. The results of these treatments are often immediate.
What to Expect After a Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Slight swelling and redness may develop after these treatments, but these issues usually abate on their own within just a matter of hours. People are advised to avoid direct exposure to sunlight and to wear sunblock or cover their treated skin when going out. Although hairs in the targeted area will have been vaporized by the laser, some new hair growth may occur. These new hairs will be much thinner, finer and far more difficult to see. Laser hair removal treatments are often repeated between two to six times to create a permanent reduction in hair growth or to achieve permanent hair removal.
If you are interested in laser hair removal, our team at Center for Dermatology can help. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact Center for Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.