Laser Hair Reduction
Everyone has an area or two on which they labor endlessly to keep free of hair. It can cost you time and even be painful, causing irritation or ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal can be a life-changing procedure that can save time and boost your body confidence.
What is Laser Hair Reduction?
This easy, noninvasive procedure uses laser light technology to target and damage hair follicles, preventing further growth. The light is absorbed by the hair shaft and generates heat, destroying the source of hair growth. For this reason, it’s important not to pluck, shave, or wax the hairs prior to treatment, as the laser needs a hair shaft to be effective. This procedure might require several treatments to get the best results, as there’s no guaranteed permanence.
Who should consider Laser Hair Reduction?
Anyone with unwanted hair can consider a laser treatment, but individuals with dark hair and light skin will find best results. This is because darker hairs absorb the laser light more easily, and light skin aids in the transmission of the laser to the follicle. If the hair is grey or white, it might not be effective. This treatment can be used on any area of the body.
What happens during the procedure?
This treatment requires protective eye shields, as the laser light can be damaging to eyesight if left unprotected. The treated hair will then be trimmed to just above the skin surface to shorten the distance that the laser needs to travel. The skin might be protected with a cooling gel to avoid uncomfortable heating. There may be some mild discomfort or pain as the hair is treated, depending on how sensitive the area being treated is.
Results and Recovery
After treatment, the skin may be extra sensitive and irritated. Ice packs, prescribed medications, and moisturizers can help diminish any post-treatment discomfort. Be sure to wear sunscreen on the treated area, because the skin will be especially vulnerable to sun damage. After treatment, the skin will be smooth and have a visible reduction in hair. Follow-up treatments will be necessary to get the best results, and Dr. Richardson will ensure you know when to schedule your next appointment. After as many as three to eight treatments, the results will be mostly permanent.
If you are tired of removing hair and would like to try a laser hair reduction treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richardson.