December 28, 2015

Laser Hair Removal

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Excess facial or body hair can be a nagging cosmetic concern for men and women. While depilatories, shaving, waxing and electrolysis are common solutions for temporary hair removal, they can be very uncomfortable and time consuming. A revolutionary solution for controlling and eliminating unwanted hair is laser hair removal. This cosmetic procedure uses intense laser light to minimize hair growth on the face, back, chest, breast abdomen, arms, underarms, bikini area and/or legs. Laser hair removal offers a long-lasting, convenient and gentle solution to the problem of unwanted hair.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal uses a low-energy laser to gently remove unwanted hair. The laser energy passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. In a fraction of a second, the energy is transformed into heat and the hair follicle is destroyed. Quick and convenient, full face, bikini line and underarm treatments may take as little as 15 minutes. Several treatments will be required to destroy hair follicles in different growth cycles. Since the laser targets the pigment of the hair follicle, laser hair removal is most effective on light-skinned patients with dark hair.

Since no procedure can guarantee permanent hair removal, most patients can expect a major reduction in hair growth, leaving the remaining hair thinner and lighter in color.

Say goodbye to unwanted facial & body hair with laser hair removal. Give us a call at (509) 735-1186, and find out how you can have smooth skin.

Advantages of laser hair removal

  • A safe, effective alternative to daily shaving
  • Useful for large or tough-to-reach areas
  • Regrowth can come back lighter in color or finer in texture
  • Light-skinned patients with dark hair have the best results
  • Good for people with sensitive skin

Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?

In general, patients with light skin and dark hair are ideal candidates for laser hair removal. However, darker skinned patients can now receive laser treatments as well. As a rule, the pigment in dark hair absorbs more laser energy, making black and brown hair easier to treat. Light hair, such as blonde, red or gray, contains a pigment that absorbs laser energy less readily, and therefore does not respond as well. Patients with tanned skin from recent sun exposure are not ideal candidates. It’s recommended that they wait until their tan fades before proceeding with laser hair removal.

How many laser treatments will I need?

The number of hair removal treatments required for optimal long-term benefits usually depends on the area being treated, the hair density and the patient’s hair growth cycle. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in the patient’s hair distribution, thickness and resilience. Total hair removal usually requires a minimum of six to eight sessions for optimal results.

Who performs the procedure?

Our laser technician, Donna DeLeon, has been extensively trained on laser hair removal treatments, and perform the procedures in our office under the supervision of board certified dermatologist Dr. Robert B. Hopp, M.D., FADD.