Excess hair can be difficult to maintain through shaving, waxing, and tweezing alone. If you’ve been looking for a more permanent solution to unwanted hair, you may want to consider undergoing a series of laser hair removal treatments.
Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of dermatological care. For more information about our practice or any of the treatments we offer, contact us today.
Why Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most rapidly growing cosmetic procedures available in the United States today. The popularity of this procedure speaks to the inconvenience and annoyance that come with maintaining body hair through traditional means. While shaving, waxing, and tweezing can get rid of hair in the short tegerm, none of these methods impact future hair growth. Waxing and chemical hair removers can actually negatively impact your skin’s health, unnecessarily irritating it.
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective answer to the problem of unwanted hair. It leaves the upper layers of your skin completely unharmed while producing long-lasting and sometimes even permanent hair removal results. At Coral Gables Dermatology, we use the gold standard in laser hair removal technology: Candela’s GentleMax laser. This laser can be used on all skin types and has an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal targets hair growth at its source — the hair follicle. A specialized laser directs concentrated beams of light at the treatment area with the goal of reaching the hair follicle. Once this light reaches its destination, it is absorbed as heat, eventually rupturing or damaging the follicle completely.
During each laser hair removal treatment, more and more follicles are completely ruptured. As the majority of the follicles in a treatment area are destroyed, the hair growth there slows or stops altogether, leaving you with smooth, hairless skin.
Where can it be Used?
This aesthetic treatment can remove hair from nearly any area of the body. The most popular treatment areas include the:
- Upper lip
- Bikini line
What is Treatment Like?
While the treatments themselves can be difficult for some patients to tolerate, during your consultation appointment, you can ask your medical practitioner about ways to make the procedure more comfortable. Multiple treatments will be needed for patients to get long-lasting results. This number varies depending upon the area being treated, as well as the patient’s gender and family history of hair growth.
The amount of time that laser hair removal treatments take also depends on the area being treated. Typically, upper lips or the tops of ears take 8-10 minutes, legs or backs take 60-90 minutes, and fronts of necks and underarms take 20 minutes.
Interested in undergoing laser hair removal treatments but would like more information about the procedure? Contact Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables today and schedule a complimentary consultation appointment.