FAQs About Laser Hair Removal

May 8, 2015

FAQs About Laser Hair Removal

FAQs About Laser Hair Removal

Unsightly body hair can be a source of embarrassment and frustration. Hair that grows on the underarms, pubic area, legs, abdomen, and face has no real function and can be distracting. Shaving, while effective, is time-consuming and short-term. Plucking also takes a considerable amount of time and can be uncomfortable. For those who want to be rid of troublesome body hair for good, U.S. Dermatology Partners Littleton, formerly Apex Dermatology Group, of Denver and Littleton, Colorado recommends laser hair removal.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted body hair with a laser light-producing tool. Although the concept of hair removal is an ancient practice, these specialized lasers have been used in dermatologist’s offices since 1997.

The removal is an in-office procedure performed by your Denver cosmetic dermatologist. The laser device emits wavelengths of light that target the darkest area of the treatment area. Because hair is generally darker than the skin around it, the heat from the laser focuses on the hair follicles, which weakens and prevents them from producing hair.

Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?

As previously stated, lasers work best when there is a high contrast in the targeted areas. Therefore, people with lighter-colored skin and dark, coarse body hair typically see the best results.

Most clinics recommend waiting until age 13 before attempting laser hair removal.

Will my hair grow back?

Because hair grows in cycles, several treatments over a number of weeks will be required to totally eliminate the unwanted hair. For that reason, it may appear that the hair is returning in between removal sessions; these hairs are just in a different cycle than the ones before it. It’s important to reiterate that laser technology works best on coarse hair, as mentioned above.

Does it hurt?

Many patients report that the momentary sensation is much like having a rubber band snap against the skin. Your Denver dermatologist can apply a topical anesthetic cream prior to the treatment. The skin may be tender after a laser session; ice packs or aloe gel helps to soothe the affected areas.

Booking Your Next Laser Hair Removal Appointment

The professional and skilled staff at U.S. Dermatology Partners Littleton would be happy to answer any further questions you have about laser hair removal in Denver at (303) 261-1525 or Littleton at (303) 795-2030. Call them today for a consultation!

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