Let’s be real for a second: We all have hair in places we don’t want to have hair. Getting rid of this hair usually involves some form of shaving, waxing, or plucking, but these methods consume large amounts of time (and shaving cuts are no joke). Plus, shaving your hair just encourages it to grow back thicker and coarser than ever.
Laser hair removal is a solution that ends all of these problems, and the expert team at HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano wants to help you reclaim the time and energy you have put into removing hair from your body over the years.
Read on to learn how laser hair removal can give you the silky smooth skin you have always longed for!
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures done in the United States. The laser sends intense pulsed light into the hair follicle, where the pigment in the hair absorbs the energy from the laser. This process destroys the hair follicle. The follicle has some temporary inflammation but there is no harm to the skin around the follicle in any way.
A handheld laser device targets the specific areas where you want your hair removed. The laser sends out individual pulses of light; each pulse takes less than a second and affects several hairs at once. Small areas like your upper lip take less than 60 seconds, while larger areas such as your back or legs can take up to an hour.
Some patients say the laser feels like the snap of a rubber band against their skin, but many patients report no discomfort at all. After treatment, you may need ice packs or anti-inflammatory lotions to help your skin recover. The treated areas may look sunburned for a day or two - moisturizers will help with this, and you should definitely wear sunscreen if you’re planning to be outside.
What happens after laser hair removal?
It may take three to seven treatments for the hair loss to be permanent, so plan on returning to your doctor for another laser treatment at least a couple of times. You’ll know the hair loss is permanent when the treated hair falls out and nothing grows back in its place.
Laser hair removal using the ICON device can be performed on any type of hair (including fine and coarse) and any skin color or tone without causing damage. Treatments are quick and affordable, so you can fit them into your busy schedule.
There’s really no reason to put off laser hair removal when it has become more accessible than ever before. Silky smooth skin is waiting for you. You can take the first step toward making this dream a reality by calling the HK Dermatology office or booking an appointment online today!