Hair removal routines get old quick. Shaving, waxing, or painful creams are all temporary solutions for a problem that doesn’t need to be permanent. Laser hair removal is an effective, safe, and easy way to remove unwanted body hair with the help of your dermatologist.
Laser hair removal uses concentrated laser light to prevent hair from growing in the treated area. The laser targets the melanin (or pigment) in hair and causes them to heat up, causing damage to the hair follicle. When the hair follicle is destroyed, no more hair grows in its place.
Laser hair removal treatment requires multiple sessions, and the results vary from person to person. Once hair is removed, regrowth is inhibited or totally prevented. For women, areas like the face will need repeated treatment, as hormones will cause hair growth to recur.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, make sure you’re visiting a qualified dermatologist. There are countless people offering hair removal services, but only your dermatologist will have the most up-to-date technology and keep your health as their utmost priority. When performed by an unskilled operator, laser hair removal can cause skin damage and scarring. In the hands of a professional skincare expert, however, side effects are minimal and may include short-term (under 24 hours) skin irritation or redness, and temporary skin discoloration. Both of these side effects are not dangerous and resolve on their own in a matter of hours.
Laser hair removal is a precise procedure, and any side effects are manageable and anticipated by your physician. The process is extremely safe, and it’s very likely that nothing but a little irritation will occur.
The good news is that with technological advances in the field of dermatology, laser hair removal is effective for most people. Nevertheless, there are certain conditions that make the procedure less effective, or possibly not advisable. Since the laser technology targets the melanin in hair follicles, a high contrast between skin color and hair color works most efficiently. A person with dark hair (either brown or black) and pale, light skin is the best candidate for laser hair removal.
Some common conditions that could cause complications with laser hair removal include: a tendency to scar or develop keloids (raised scars), outbreaks of cold sores or genital herpes, or certain medications including a prescription drug called isotretinoin which treats acne. Your dermatologist will ask you questions about your skin and assess the area and type of hair to be removed. Laser hair removal works better on hair in certain stages of growth. Depending on the coarseness of your hair, it can be more or less effective. Laser hair removal can remove hair from most parts of the body, but it works best on areas like the upper lip and chin, underarm, legs, and bikini area.
If your dermatologist thinks laser hair removal is right for you, they will outline a treatment schedule. The number of sessions you will need and the intensity of treatment all depends on your skin and hair.
The most important thing to keep in mind before and after laser hair removal treatment is that laser hair removal involves light. Intense, concentrated UVA and UVB light is used to heat your hair follicles during treatment. The sun’s light also has uncontrolled UVA and UVB light that can be harmful to your skin. Always use sunscreen and sun protection, but especially on skin that’s been treated or is about to be treated. This practice will keep your skin safe from sunburn or other dangerous skin conditions.
Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and can end your unwanted hair woes once and for all. But it does work differently for different people. Dermatologists have been working to perfect the laser hair removal process. The treatment is now more effective on light hair and dark skin than ever before.
Recently, at-home laser hair removal kits have flooded the market. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that these devices are not effective and could be harmful. While technology has improved, the process is not available to everyone. Your dermatologist’s state-of-the-art equipment is constantly being updated, maintained, and improved to give you the best possible service available.
Unwanted body hair can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable. Laser hair removal is a tried-and-true procedure that works for most people – and with amazing results. Reach out to your New England dermatologist for a consultation today.