Laser hair removal, like its name suggests, is a process of removing hair on the face and body through use of laser light. This light destroys the hair follicle, eventually preventing the hair from growing back. Is laser hair removal permanent? As the follicle is destroyed, most patients see permanent hair removal after just a few sessions.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works through a process that involves matching a specific wavelength of light and a duration of pulse to achieve the wanted effects of hair removal without causing damage to the surrounding skin. This localized effect is due to the fact that light is absorbed by the darker areas. The laser is thus able to selectively treat the melanin in the hair follicle without affecting the remaining skin. This method of laser dermatology works best with dark, coarse hair, specifically dark hair with light skin. Luckily, however, there are lasers that work successfully with darker skin tones as well.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Patients that undergo laser hair removal often seek it for the face as well as the body. Over time, the hair will start to grow out thinner and thinner from the follicle before eventually stopping growth altogether. With facial hair removal, the benefits include removal of thick sideburns or hair around the chin or mouth for women that feel insecure about these areas. Men and women see benefits from the removal of body hair. Men often have thick hair removed from the chest, back or shoulders while women seek to remove hair from the underarms, legs and bikini area, among others. By removing the hair in this way, the daily chore many women perform of shaving such areas will no longer be a burden. It also provides a much more permanent hair removal method without the pain caused by tweezing and waxing.
What to Expect During and After the Procedure
Most patients report the feeling of a small rubber band snapping the skin, if they feel any discomfort at all. The procedure is usually not painful if numbing agents are applied topically, but it may cause itching or redness at the treated areas. After treatment, the patient may receive an ice pack or anti-inflammatory cream to help ease sensitivity or discomfort. Treatments should continue until the unwanted hair stops returning.
Soine Dermatology & Aesthetics
Soine Dermatology is an advanced dermatology center providing a number of procedures involving medical dermatology, cosmetic enhancement and laser treatment. If you are seeking a skilled and certified professional to provide service for your laser hair removal needs, look no further. Call at (985) 400-2756 to schedule your appointment today.