Are you sick of having to regularly spend time plucking, waxing, or shaving to remove unwanted hair in areas like your face, underarms, or legs? If so, a treatment called laser hair removal can help. Many women have been permanently unburdened of the routine of removing unwanted hair with this simple and quick laser procedure.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. It involves the use of a cosmetic laser that targets hair follicles and destroys them, which prevents the future growth of unwanted hair in the treatment area. The treatment is safe and effective for removing unwanted hair and does not affect surrounding skin tissue. No downtime is necessary for this laser procedure.
How Does the Procedure Work?
We use a laser to transmit thermal energy into melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its color. After it absorbs this thermal energy, the hair follicle is destroyed. Once we do this enough times, we have permanently removed the ability of the treated area to produce hair. We can target multiple hair follicles simultaneously, and it does not take long to treat a small area.
Am I a Good Candidate?
More than likely, you would make an excellent candidate for this procedure. Those with dark, thick hair tend to respond better to the treatment since they have more melanin present in their hair to help the laser better target the area. Those with lighter-colored hair do not normally respond as well since they have less melanin.
What Is the Procedure Like?
We begin your laser hair removal procedure by shaving down the hair in the treatment area to a level just above the surface of your skin. You and your technician may be required to wear protective eye wear during your treatment. Your technician will then direct the laser to transmit focused thermal energy into the hair follicles producing unwanted hair.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Patients normally require multiple laser hair removal sessions for the permanent removal of hair. This is because each individual hair will be growing in a certain growth phase at any given time. Hair follicles in the resting phase do not have a hair present for laser targeting. By undergoing several sessions, you are ensuring that we find all hair in the treatment area when it happens to be in a growth phase and available for treatment.
Please speak with the professionals at Hubbell Dermatology and Aesthetics in Lafayette where you can ask more questions and learn if you would make an appropriate candidate for laser hair removal. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!