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Get the Low Down on Laser Hair Removal

Thursday, September 15th, 2016


Laser Hair Removal | Kathleen L. Behr, M.D.If shaving, waxing, or plucking are normal activities for you, laser hair removal may be a treatment that you have considered. You may think of being hair free for the long haul every time you run the razor across your skin, or endure the pluck, pluck, pluck of the tweezers. In our friendly dermatology practice, patients can discover the long-term benefits of laser hair removal. Here are some things you need to know as you contemplate the appropriateness of laser hair removal for your smoothest skin.

Benefits of laser hair removal

  1. Lasers have become more advanced than ever before. This means that people with lighter hair are not necessarily excluded from the laser hair removal trend. The fact remains that laser works on pigment, so men and women with darker hair are likely to achieve the results they seek in fewer treatments. Lighter hair could absorb the energy from our laser, but it may take a few more treatments to get optimal results. And still, gray hair and extremely light blonde hair, because there is no pigment, cannot be removed with laser treatments.
  2. Plucking and waxing be gone! Prior to laser hair removal, it is necessary to give up your waxing or plucking habits. Anything that pulls hair from the follicle should be avoided. In order to laser treatment to work, it is necessary that hair be present in the follicles! But . . .
  3. Stubble is trouble. On the day of laser treatment, it is beneficial to shave away stubble. Some say that this increases the efficiency of laser light while also maximizing comfort.
  4. Commit to the program. Laser hair removal is not a once-and-done procedure. We must conduct a sufficient number of treatments to progress through the hair growth cycle. For most patients, this is between 6 and 8 treatments. However, lighter hair or darker skin may require more.
  5. Commitment also pertains to skin care during the treatment program. Post-laser skin may feel slightly irritated, like you have a sunburn. To pamper the skin, use fragrance-free lotion with a high water content. Oils are very popular in skin care at the moment, but they could actually block sufficient hydration, so stick to lotion. Also, drink plenty of water and avoid tanning until after your treatment is complete.

Patients of Dr. Behr receive personal attention for their dermatologic and cosmetic concerns. For your appointment, call 559-435-SKIN (7546).

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