Conventional hair removal strategies, such as waxing, shaving, and depilatories, can be inconvenient and messy. Rid yourself of unwanted hair for good with permanent hair removal at ReShape, PLLC in Mooresville, North Carolina. Board certified internist and aesthetic specialist Dr. Anthony Macasieb can help you get the smooth, hair-free skin you desire. Call the office or book an appointment online to find out more about permanent hair removal strategies.
Laser hair removal permanently destroys hair follicles so hair can’t grow. The energy of the laser is delivered into the follicles, where pigment absorbs the light. This effectively destroys the follicles’ ability to produce hair.
Dr. Macasieb can apply laser hair removal to nearly anywhere you have unwanted hair. This includes your:
Laser hair removal is precise and targeted. It leaves the surrounding skin undamaged while targeting the hair follicles beneath the skin.
Laser sessions are relatively quick, targeting multiple hairs with each brief pulse of light. Your upper lip may need just a minute of work, while larger areas may require about an hour.
The exact number of sessions you’ll need will depend on the areas being treated, your skin and hair color, and hair density. Most people can expect to achieve permanent hair loss, or extreme thinning, after three to seven sessions.
Most people feel warming and a slight snapping sensation — like a rubber band hitting the skin — during laser hair removal sessions. The sensations are quite tolerable, and you likely won’t need a topical anesthetic or numbing cream. If you’re concerned about the sensations, talk to Dr. Macasieb about options for relieving any discomfort.
Avoid waxing and plucking hair for about six weeks prior to laser hair removal as you shouldn’t remove the hairs’ roots, which are targeted by the laser’s energy. Tanned skin doesn’t respond as well to laser hair removal, so avoid sun exposure as much as possible six weeks before a session. And because the process makes skin temporarily more sensitive to the sun’s rays, try to avoid sun exposure to that area for six weeks after the procedure as well.
You won’t need any downtime following laser hair removal. You can go back to your daily activities as normal. However, you may have a little redness or swelling for a day or two. You can relieve this with ice packs or a cool bath.
For more information about laser hair removal, call ReShape, PLLC or book an appointment online.