What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed at our dermatology offices throughout North Texas. We are proud to use the advanced Cynosure MPX Elite laser, which targets the hair follicle to prevent future growth, producing long-lasting smooth results. Some of the most common treatment areas include the face (namely the upper lip and chin), the bikini area, underarms, and legs. Men in particular tend to get the hair on their chest and back treated. At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center, with offices in Allen, Rockwall, McKinney and other Dallas areas, Dr. Matthew Barrows and his talented team of dermatologists and medical professionals offer safe, efficient laser hair removal that can save patients the time, energy, and money they would have spent shaving, waxing, or trying other temporary hair removal techniques.
Historically, laser hair removal has been more effective on light-skinned individuals with dark hair. New generation lasers have allowed darker-skinned individuals with dark hair to be better candidates for the treatment. However, since lasers can’t essentially “see” light-colored hair, such as blond, white, gray or red hair, these individuals aren’t the best candidates for laser hair removal. There are new options being developed to address these individuals.
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About the Procedure
The principle behind laser hair removal uses intense, pulsating beams of light, which are applied to the skin to target the hair follicle. When specific wavelengths of light are matched with pulse duration, this allows the best opportunity of effectively targeting the hair. The laser’s intense heat damages the hair follicle, which prevents the future growth of hair, while at the same time, protects surrounding tissue from the heat of the laser. The process must be completed a number of times since hair goes through phases such as rest and growth and laser treatment isn’t effective on hair in the rest phase. Our dermatology office will schedule the appointments as recommended by the dermatologist so that the area of hair being removed is maximized during treatment.
What to Expect
Before treatment, hair may need to be trimmed since laser removal isn’t as effective on longer hair. A patient may be given protective eyewear to protect the eyes. A cold gel or similar product will be applied to the skin to allow the laser to better penetrate. The medical professional will test a patch on the treatment area to determine the best settings for the individual as well as to check for any adverse effects. With controlled movements, the handheld device will be placed on the skin where short spurts of laser beams will work to damage the follicles. Sessions are relatively quick, sometimes a few minutes, depending on the size and location of the treatment area. There is no downtime and most patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
Removal Unwanted Hair!
If you are tired of consistently shaving, waxing and dealing with unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be a terrific option for you, offering lasting results. We invite you to call our dermatology office today and schedule your appointment for a free skin and hair consultation.