What is laser hair removal?
Most women in find that shaving, waxing, and tweezing unwanted hair can be very inconvenient and time consuming. To make sure you’re ready for the Phoenix heat and sun our team highly recommends laser hair removal to reduce and possibly stop the growth of unwanted hair so that patients can have smooth skin all the time. Laser hair removal is one of the most common procedures performed in our office. It involves applying pulses of concentrated light into the patient’s hair follicles. The intense heat damages the hair follicle and instantly inhibits its ability to produce any more hair.
Laser hair removal works for both light and dark hair. For a more permanent hair removal, patients would need to have several sessions to achieve this result. It is very common for patients to have treatments for their upper lips, chin, armpits, legs, and bikini line. But it is possible to have this treatment on any part of the body except for the eyelid area and the area surrounding it.
Why should patients consider laser hair removal?
Aside from the convenience of not having to shave, pluck, or wax your unwanted hair ever again, a laser hair removal procedure has other advantages. The use of lasers over other hair removal techniques is more precise and it can effectively target coarse hair without damaging the surrounding skin. Laser hair removal is a non-invasive technique that can help remove unwanted hair in almost any part of your body.
Laser hair removal is not time consuming because more areas of the skin can be covered or treated in less time. For example, removing hair in the upper lip will take less than a minute and treatment of large areas such as the legs will take just an hour.
The results of each session of laser hair removal in our office are very consistent. We have found that more than 90% of our patients had permanent hair loss just after 3 to 5 sessions of laser hair removal. This just proves that this is a very effective alternative to long lasting hair removal.
What is a laser removal procedure like for patients?
Patients who are scheduled for a treatment session will have the hair in the treatment area trimmed just a few millimeters above the patient’s skin surface. The laser that will be used will be adjusted to fit the patient’s hair color, thickness, as well as location.
A cold gel or a special cooling device will be applied to the skin to protect it during the whole procedure and will also help the laser penetrate the skin better. Pulses of light will be applied to the treatment area and once the whole area has been treated, patients will be provided anti-inflammatory creams or ice packs to relieve any discomfort from the treatment. Each laser hair removal session is done at an interval of six weeks per session until we establish that the hair follicles have lost their ability to produce new hair. We use the following machines for laser hair removal, Cynosure, 810 Diode and 1064 Yag.
For more information about receiving laser hair removal in Phoenix, AZ at Stockton dermatology, call us at (480) 610-6366.