About Laser Hair Reduction
No matter the location, laser hair removal can help rid your body of unwanted hair to reveal smooth skin. Advantages to laser hair removal can include: permanent loss of hair in target areas after three to seven sessions, a quick and easy treatment, and no discomfort from other hair removal methods such as razor burn, bumps or ingrown hairs.
Laser hair removal primarily works through matching specific wavelengths of light and pulse duration to obtain the desired effect on targeted areas with minimal effect to the surrounding skin. The laser can heat the melanin in the follicle while not heating the rest of the skin, as the highly concentrated beam of energy pulses laser light to shut down the follicle at the root. Because of the selective absorption of the laser, only black or brown hair can be effectively removed, though it’s best to speak with your aesthetics provider to determine your best option.
The process of laser hair removal is very common at Southern Dermatology, and in dermatology in general, and there are several reasons to consider laser hair reduction as a treatment option. Many people feel embarrassed by their unwanted hair, or they’re looking to save time, energy and stress.
When you arrive for treatment, you will be set in a comfortable chair with all sensitive areas covered for your protection. A cooling gel is applied to the treatment area to help protect skin and allow the laser to glide easily over the targeted area and custom settings will be used based on your skin type. Treatment times can vary based on different factors, and once the treatment is over, you can resume your life with little to no downtime. Typically, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, the upper lip takes 10 minutes and the neck and underarms takes around 20 minutes.
Number of treatments vary by patient. As hair grows in repeating cycles, hair must be in the active phase in order to absorb a sufficient amount of energy to shut down the hair follicle. Hair in the dormant phase has little to no pigment and, therefore, can’t absorb the laser light.
Laser Hair Reduction Risks
As with any medical procedure, there’s a risk to laser sessions. But, by choosing a provider with the proper equipment to handle your concerns and up-to-date training, your risk is minimized significantly.
Some skin irritation may occur post-treatments, though discomfort is only temporary. Redness and swelling may also occur but typically disappear within several hours. Patients may also experience changes in skin pigment, darker or lighter, but this is also typically temporary. Skin lightening may occur in patients with darker skin, especially if being treated with a laser on an incorrect setting. Rarely, laser hair removal can cause problems such as blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes to the skin’s texture.
As with any medical procedure, it’s best to speak with your aesthetics provider about your concerns and treatment options. Southern Dermatology takes priority in providing up-to-date training on all lasering services to their providers and ensure the lasers are receiving proper upkeep.