Nearly everyone wants to get rid of unwanted hair. Whether it’s on the face, the legs, under the arms or elsewhere, most people are afflicted with hair they wish they didn’t have. They’re fed up with constant shaving, messy depilatory creams, and painful waxing. In fact, the search for another hair removal solution is one of the main things that draws people to the dermatologist’s office.
That’s good news because modern laser hair removal is safe and effective. It’s also best to have your Covington laser hair removal treatments performed by a physician who can perform them efficiently and expertly while minimizing any side effects.
Just after learning about laser hair removal, most people ask, “How does laser hair removal work?” The process is simple. A highly concentrated beam of light is aimed at the follicles of unwanted hair. Pigment in the follicles absorbs this light, and the light essentially destroys the follicle.
When it comes to understanding how laser hair removal works, it’s important to note that this is a highly precise process. Your dermatologist can target only certain hairs, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Laser hair removal to get rid of unwanted hair is also fast. Several hairs can be treated at once, usually a spot of skin about the size of a quarter can be targeted. The treatment in each quarter sized spot takes only seconds. Accordingly, smaller areas like the upper lip can be treated in about a minute.
Your Covington dermatologist will advise you about how to best prepare yourself for the procedure. It’s advisable to refrain from any hair removal for a few weeks before the treatment such as waxing or plucking. However, as you will learn in your consultation, in some cases you will need to shave with a clean and new razor a day or two prior to your laser hair removal treatment.
Also, try to stay out of the sun as much as possible because this can cause extra skin pigmentation and irritation in the areas you laser.
It’s also important to know what to expect after laser hair removal. Because hair grows in cycles, treatment of any single area of the body will have to be repeated. Usually, permanent hair removal is achieved in three to seven treatments. For a day or two after each treatment the affected area will probably feel as if it is mildly sunburned. Redness is also a common side effect. Most people treat this with cold compresses and soothing moisturizers. Sunscreen is always an important beauty product, but it becomes absolutely essential after your Covington laser hair removal. That sensitive skin must be protected.
Laser hair removal is an efficient, precise method for getting rid of unwanted hair. When the procedures are performed by your board certified Covington dermatologist, Dr. Erik Soine, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy desirable results every time.