Laser hair removal is a noninvasive technique that uses laser light to penetrate and damage hair follicles at the root to prevent future growth.
A human hair follicle anchors each hair under the skin. At the base of each follicle is a root or bulb with living cells that nourish each hair, encouraging its growth. As the hair grows, it pushes out from under the skin.
Laser hair removal works on virtually any part of the body, including your:
Hair grows for years before it slows and eventually stops. That's the resting phase. Simultaneously, a new growth cycle begins, pushing the old hair out.
Because laser hair removal targets only actively growing hair, you may need multiple treatments to remove new growth as the cycle continues.
Before your laser hair removal treatment, Dr. Hamidi reviews your medical history, discusses your hair loss expectations, and takes before and after photos to assess your results.
She then protects your eyes with special goggles, trims your hair in the treatment area, and applies a topical anesthetic.
Next, she places the hand-held laser tool on your skin. As she activates the laser, intense heat passes through your skin to the follicles below where growth begins. The heat destroys the follicles within moments.
Laser hair removal is not painful. Dr. Hamidi uses cooling gel to soothe any mild discomfort you might have during the procedure.
After laser hair removal, you can apply ice to relieve any mild redness or swelling. You should avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds after treatment.
Laser hair removal results last for years. Periodic maintenance treatments help you stay smooth and hair-free.
Several treatments are used to target emerging hair at different stages of the growth cycle. Dr. Hamidi usually recommends around 4-6 treatments, scheduled over several weeks.
To put an end to never-ending shaving, waxing, and plucking, consider long-term laser hair removal. Call or click to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamidi at Associates in Family Medicine today.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!