411 on laser hair removal
Think back to when you first started shaving.
How many years ago was it? Now multiply those years by the amount of time you spend shaving every day or each week. Add in the amount of time spent tweezing or waxing regularly. Imagine being able to toss your razor away and reclaim most that time. With laser hair removal, you can.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Laser hair removal has been widely available since the mid-1990s. It gives both men and women the ability to stop shaving without worrying about unnecessary or unsightly hair. Dermatologists use specialized lasers to treat skin and vaporize hair. For the most part, the hair never grows back, with the exception of the fine hair on women’s faces.
It can take up to six treatments for the procedure to be completed, but then you don’t have to shave! Laser hair removal is great for back hair, the bikini area, chest, face (especially upper lip and chin), neck, and shoulders.
It’s essential to find and work with a licensed medical professional for laser hair removal, as inexperienced operators can leave patients with burns or permanent changes to skin color.
What to expect during laser hair removal
Before the procedure begins, the area to be treated will be cleaned. It’s best if the area to be treated is shaved between 24 and 48 hours before the appointment.
The treatment takes place in a room designed for lasers, and everyone in the room, including the specialist and the patient, wears protective eye covering. The length of the treatment depends on the size of the area and the amount of hair to be removed.
Laser hair removal recovery
After the session, it’s best to avoid direct sunlight from hitting the skin for too long. Tanning beds should be avoided, and any instructions on aftercare provided by the specialist should be followed. There might be some redness or swelling, but it will go away, just like a mild sunburn.
The Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group offers laser hair removal services, featuring the GentleLase Pro system, which penetrates the hair follicle and destroys it while keeping the skin around it safe. The upper layers of the skin are sprayed with a fine mist of croygen before treatment. Once the procedure is over, there might be some redness for a little while, but there’s no extended downtime.
Ditch the razors!
Curious? Want to know if laser hair removal is right for you? Contact the Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group and make an appointment today to find out!