Unwanted hair on your face, underarms, bikini line, or legs can make you self-conscious. For this reason, you may resort to hair removal methods such as shaving or waxing. While these methods help eliminate unwanted hair, they often cause side effects such as ingrown hair, redness, and skin irritation. Furthermore, the results of shaving and waxing are usually short-lived, meaning you will book another appointment soon after your initial one. Your reliable plastic surgeon Fort Worth offers laser hair removal – an effective, efficient, and long-term solution for removing unwanted hair.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that removes unwanted hair through exposure to a concentrated laser light that damages hair follicles within the skin. The damage to the follicles inhibits or delays hair growth for an extended period. You can benefit from laser hair removal regardless of your skin type. However, the best results are seen in individuals with light skin and dark hair.
How does laser hair removal work?
As mentioned above, laser hair removal uses laser energy to destroy hair follicles within the skin. The basic principle of the treatment is that the hair pigment, not the melanin in the skin, should absorb the light. During laser hair removal, the melanin in the hair absorbs the light from a laser device. The light penetrates through the skin and targets the tube-shaped sacs (hair follicles). The pigment in the hair absorbs the light, resulting in hair follicle damage. The number of hair treated depends on the size of your provider’s handpiece.
Potential risks of laser hair removal
Hair removal via laser is safe for most people, and the procedure is not linked to any long-term side effects. However, it causes skin irritation, and pigmentation changes are common immediately after treatment. Your skin might also be slightly red and swollen; these side effects are usually minor. They are similar to effects you might notice after other types of hair removal, like waxing. Your skin should be fine within hours of the procedure. As for pain and redness, applying ice packs to the affected area may help.
Skin discoloration is not uncommon after laser hair removal; your skin may be slightly lighter or darker. You are more likely to have dark spots from this treatment if you have light skin. But if your skin is dark, you may have lighter spots from laser hair removal. Your risk of skin lightening is also higher if you don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment.
After laser hair removal
You will shed your hair over a period of days to weeks, so do not expect them to fall out immediately. Naturally, hair growth and loss occur in a cycle, and laser treatment targets hair follicles during their new-growth phase. Therefore, multiple sessions are necessary, at least four to six treatments for long-term hair reduction.
Thanks to light-based treatments like hair removal via laser, you don’t have to deal with tedious and frustrating removal methods such as waxing, shaving, and tweezing. With laser hair removal, you can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin for an extended period. Even better, this hair removal method saves you time and money.
Book an appointment with your cosmetic surgeon at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery, PLLC for laser hair removal to enjoy smooth, glossy, skin.