Almost everyone has unwanted hair somewhere on their body. Unfortunately, traditional hair removal routines can be tedious, painful and expensive over time. Shaving may last a day, waxing a couple of weeks, but none of them last forever – and therein lies the true beauty of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair faster and more effectively than traditional methods. Below are answers to some of the most common questions my patients ask.
How does it work? To eliminate hair, the laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle. This energy is then absorbed into the hair follicle to destroy it so that is unlikely to grow there again.
Am I a viable candidate for laser hair removal? Laser hair removal can be applied to all areas of the body and on all types of skin (even tanned or dark skin). Does it hurt? The laser treatment causes only minimal discomfort. Patients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Slight redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within the first 24 hours or less after treatment.
How many laser hair treatments are required? Typically patients will see results in four to six treatments, though this number will vary based upon skin tone, hair color and several other factors. Your doctor or practitioner will talk to you about variables that may affect your individual results.
If you feel want to schedule an appointment for this treatment, or would like additional information, please call me at (Dermatique Laser and Skin at (630) 262-2515).