Body hair is a problem that can be embarrassing for women. While in men, excess body hair is seen as a sign of masculinity, in women it is not seen as conventionally desirable. Most women want to be free of excess body hair, especially on their faces and arms.
Getting rid of body hair is something women have been doing from centuries. A common method used is waxing. Applying wax on the body and pulling it out leads to removal of the hair from the root, and this is an effective treatment for short-term hair removal.
However, a major problem with waxing is that it is extremely painful. Multiple sessions may be needed, and women start to dread these long, painful sessions. Another issue is that the results are only temporary. For less painful and longer-lasting hair removal, more and more patients are trying laser hair removal.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure where a beam of laser light is used to destroy the hairs at the follicular level. This is a very common procedure and is quite popular.
Before the procedure, the targeted hairs will be trimmed. Each person’s skin color and hair color vary, and the intensity of the laser is decided based on this. Since a laser is basically intense light, protection for the eyes may be needed. A gel is also applied on the skin to protect the skin from damage.
A test area is then treated. Based on the results, treatment is then carried out for the rest of the region. The laser equipment is operated by a technician who is experienced and knows how to carry out the procedure safely and effectively.
The duration of the procedure depends on the area being targeted. To treat the arms, an hour may be needed, whereas upper-lip hair can be removed within a minute.
During treatment, pulses of laser energy are directed at the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorb this light, thereby leading to the damaging of the follicles. These follicles will then be unable to grow new hairs.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
This treatment offers many benefits:
• It is a less painful and more effective way of removing unwanted hair from any part of the face or body. It is commonly used on the face, arms, legs, underarms, and bikini area.
• The laser used ensures that only the hair is destroyed and the skin does not get damaged.
• It is a quick and simple treatment and can be completed fast.
• Side effects are highly unlikely. Any irritation can be treated with cold packs and creams.
• The treated hairs fall off within a few weeks of treatment.
• Permanent results can usually be achieved in eight to twelve sessions, making this an effective treatment method.
Choose Us for Your Laser Hair Removal
When it comes to removing your unwanted hair, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with someone who is truly dedicated to providing you with the best results possible. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Bartlett is known for his commitment to quality results. If you’re interested in learning more, contact our office to schedule a consultation today!