Laser hair removal is a very common aesthetic procedure in Phoenix. If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
During laser hair removal, pulsating beams of light target the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The intense heat from the laser damages the follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Since this procedure works by targeting melanin, it is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair, although advanced technology has made laser hair removal an option for individuals with dark skin as well. Common areas of the body that are treated include legs, underarms, upper lip, chin and bikini line; however, laser hair removal can be used on nearly any part of the body.
Immediately before the treatment, the hair will be trimmed. The laser equipment will be carefully adjusted according to your hair and skin specifications. A cold gel or special cooling device will be applied on the skin to protect the outer layers as well as to help the laser penetrate the skin. The hand-held laser instrument will be held against the skin as the treatment is performed. Small areas such as the upper lip may only take a few minutes while larger areas, such as the back, may take several hours.
Common side effects include skin irritation, temporary redness, swelling and pain. Laser hair removal may cause the treated skin to become lighter or darker, but this is usually temporary.
Laser hair removal is proven to effectively slow hair growth, but does not guarantee permanent hair removal. Results vary greatly and are dependent on which area of the body is being treated. Multiple treatments are typically required to provide long term hair removal. Some people will require periodic maintenance treatments to maintain results. A consultation with Dr. Holy will help determine what results you can expect based on your needs, skin and hair types. Contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology today at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com to schedule your laser hair removal appointment.