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Thinking About Laser Hair Removal? Here's What to Know

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 29, 2021 11:50:00 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC

Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC

Laser hair removal is a safe way to remove unwanted face and body hair that provides long-term results. Continue reading to learn more about laser hair removal.

WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?

Laser hair removal is a safe way to remove unwanted body hair with long-term results. It's an in-office procedure that can treat unwanted hair on the back, bikini area, chest, face, neck, arms and legs. Although laser hair removal is not entirely permanent, it provides a great option to remove unwanted hair. If the hair eventually grows back, it is less in volume, lighter in color and has a finer texture.

The laser, used for hair removal, is a pulsating beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicles. The heat of the laser causes damage to the hair follicle, which inhibits hair growth. At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we use the GentleMax Pro© device for our laser hair removal procedure. 

WHAT DO I DO BEFORE A LASER HAIR TREATMENT?

Before scheduling a laser hair session, it is highly recommended you schedule a cosmetic consult with either a dermatologist or our clinical cosmetic specialist. It is essential to choose a provider/clinician who is very experienced with laser hair removal to maximize the benefit of your treatment and, most importantly, provide you with a safe treatment to avoid any injury like burns, blisters, infection or dark spots. It is essential to determine if you are a good candidate for laser hair before your treatment and answer any questions you may have and what the treatment plan may look like. Laser hair removal works best for people with light skin and dark hair. Not everyone is a good candidate for laser because it cannot see white, gray, red or blonde hair, making it difficult to target the follicle. 

Leading up to your procedure, you should stay out of the sun and avoid sunless tanning products for six to eight weeks. A tan increases the risk of skin lightening, scarring and pigmentation changes. You should also avoid waxing, electrolysis, and plucking.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A LASER HAIR TREATMENT?

When you arrive for your laser hair treatment, it is recommended you come to your appointment with the area shaved. Our Clinical Cosmetic Specialist will clean the area you plan to treat and you will be given protective eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser.

As the clinician begins the procedure, you will feel a quick sensation similar to the feeling of snapping a rubber band against the skin as the laser moves across the skin.  

The laser system used at the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, has a patented Dynamic Cooling Device™. This device protects your skin by delivering a cooling mist to it during your treatment.

Additionally, you may notice a sulfur smell, which is the laser vaporizing the hair. A laser hair removal treatment time is based on the size of the area being treated. 

Following your treatment, the Clinical Cosmetic Specialist will give you an ice pack to apply to the treated area to aid with any discomfort. This discomfort is temporary and will subside in a short amount of time. It's also recommended you wear sunscreen as it is crucial to avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds until your skin has healed.

The Clinical Cosmetic Specialist will discuss a follow-up treatment plan based on your situation. Our laser system at The Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, allows for reduced treatment time. 

WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM RESULTS?

Results for laser hair removal vary from patient to patient, but they're usually visible within a few weeks. After the first treatment, you can expect a 10 to 25 percent reduction in hair. Most people need four to eight treatments to achieve their desired results; however, individual results vary based on your particular situation. You may also require maintenance treatments from time to time, depending on your circumstance. 

LASER HAIR REMOVAL | THE DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH, PLLC

Laser hair removal is an excellent option for many looking to get rid of unwanted hair. At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we are dedicated to providing our patients with top-quality care. Laser Hair Removal services should be done with a qualified and experienced dermatologist, nurse or cosmetic clinician. If you are ready to discuss laser hair removal or have any questions, please call 304-598-3888 to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

  

Resources:

7 Ways To Remove Unwanted Hair

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