Unwanted body hair is something both men and women struggle with, and sometimes the daily routine of shaving and tweezing is a nuisance and a hassle. In fact, laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Waxing is an option, but it’s not for everyone and the upkeep can be daunting, especially the regrowth period required before your next session.
With repeated treatments, you won’t have to worry about unsightly body hair any longer. It’s safe to use all over the body, from face to legs and everywhere in between. And it’s safe and effective for nearly everyone.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal works in a very simple way. A certified technician uses a laser beam that passes through the skin directly to the individual hair follicles. The concentrated heat of the laser damages the follicle and inhibits future hair growth. And, there is no downtime – you can return to your regular activities right after your treatment.
Gentle Max Pro
Many dermatology offices in the APDerm Network of Practices use the Gentle Max Pro for laser hair removal. This technology targets the hair follicle and leaves the surrounding skin alone. It’s also a reasonably fast procedure, though the actual time spent depends on how large of an area you are having treated. But every pulse of the laser treats groups of hair follicles — generally an area the size of the quarter every second. And it lasts. In fact, 90 percent of people who have five to eight sessions, on average, have reported little to no hair growth.
Minimizing Side Effects
As with any laser treatment, there are some minor side effects. Not everyone will experience them, but some people may have some burning, redness, tenderness, or swelling in the area treated. There have been cases of blistering and skin pigmentation issues also reported.
It’s important to remember that you can vastly reduce the chances of adverse events and side effects by visiting a skilled laser technician, like the clinicians in the APDerm Network of Practices. In fact, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery recently took part in an important study that has proven that properly trained laser technicians should be your only choice when it comes to laser hair removal:
“[Laser treatments] procedures may be offered in informal settings such as shopping malls, spas and walk-in clinics, but it’s important for patients to choose an experienced health care provider. Treatments should be performed by or under the direct supervision of a dermatologist or other physician who has appropriate training and expertise.”
Laser hair removal is safe, FDA-approved, and effective. More than likely, you will need five to eight treatments for the best results. The main reason for multiple treatments is because hair grows in phases, so one treatment cannot target every hair.
When you come in for a consultation to learn more, our cosmetic provider will talk to you about your specific needs and where you want to try hair reduction. By learning about you, your skin type, and your expectations, we can help determine how many treatments you may need and what you can expect after each one.