Is pesky leg hair getting in the way of your confident summer legs? After shaving relentlessly, you’re probably sick and tired of the razor bumps and burns and how fast your leg hair grows back. Laser hair removal treatment is here to save the day! This painless and ultra-effective hair removal method will have you putting those razors to rest for good! The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can assess and assist you in your laser hair removal journey.
Laser hair removal is a process in which tiny, concentrated pockets of light are directed into the hair follicles. These follicles absorb the light beams and the hair is then destroyed. This process leaves no room for bumps and burns caused by razors. In addition, because the hair is being destroyed, it takes much longer for the hair to regrow and when it does, it is much thinner and lighter in color.
The lasers used in laser hair removal are very precise. They are able to target specific, hard-to-get-to areas, while leaving the surrounding area untouched. In addition, this treatment is extremely time efficient. Approximately a quarter-sized area can be treated every second. Which means, the upper lip can be treated in about a minute! Lastly, this treatment is extremely effective. After about three to seven sessions patients can have permanent hair loss.
There are only two basic guidelines to follow before getting laser hair removal. The first is to avoid plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for about six weeks before your treatment. This is important because these practices temporarily remove the hair, so the laser will be unable to treat it normally, and the hair will grow back normally. In addition, avoid sun exposure. Sun exposure lessens and potentially negates the results of laser hair removal treatments.
During treatment, a hand-held laser will be the only instrument used. Depending on the laser, there may be some sort of cooling gel or device on the tip of the instrument to soothe the skin and reduce side effects. The doctor will press this instrument into the targeted area, and you might feel slight discomfort. This could feel like a warm pinprick or a cooling sensation from the gel or device. The process is fairly quick, but ultimately depends on the size of the targeted area.
In the first few hours following the treatment, there may be redness or swelling in the treated area. However, this is normal, and ice may be used to treat any discomfort. In the case that your skin has a reaction to the treatment, your doctor will use a steroid cream to treat the irritated area. For the next six weeks, you should avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen daily to protect your skin.
Something to keep in mind is that your hair will not fall out immediately. Instead, it will start to fall out over the coming days and weeks. Repeated treatments will overall increase the amount of hair loss and will eventually cause it to become permanent hair loss. Consistency is important in maximizing the effects of laser hair removal treatments.
Now it is time to get ready to show off your new, hairless legs! Laser hair removal will help you take the next step in gaining confidence in your legs once again. For more questions and concerns regarding specifics on laser hair removal treatments, contact the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute. They are highly skilled professionals ready to help you with your hair removal journey. If you are in or around Bloomington, Illinois fill out this form, and a dermatologist will be in touch.
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