You can bleach, shave, pluck or wax unwanted hair, but it always grows back – until now.
Let’s face it; excess hair can sometimes be embarrassing. Some women have excess hair on the upper lip or other facial areas, as well as on the underarms, forearms, legs, or anywhere else on the body that women typically want to be hairless. Men may also have excess hair on their upper back, their arms, or even their chest, and they want it thinned out if not completely removed.
The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a safe, effective and increasingly popular way to reduce and eliminate unwanted hair growth. An added benefit is that the procedure is gentle and often pain-free, with patients reporting only a mild discomfort or a tingling sensation during treatments.
Often temporary hair removal techniques are uncomfortable, even painful. Depilatory creams may burn, waxing hurts, and shaving leaves stubble. These are all only temporary fixes for excess hair. Another technique, electrolysis, can take years to get rid of all unwanted hair. If you want the hair on your body removed permanently and fairly quickly, you need to look into laser hair removal. Laser hair removal destroys the root of the hair follicle, making it impossible for that hair to grow back. Men and women are opting for laser hair removal on various parts of their bodies. Laser hair removal may be the perfect solution for you to maintain smooth and stubble-free skin, without wasting any more of your time on razors, creams or waxes.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal involves sending a beam of light to a group of hair follicles, effectively destroying the root yet not powerful enough to harm the surrounding skin tissue. The procedure is most successful when hair is in its growth stage. Not all hair follicles are in this stage at the same time. As a result, patients often need up to six treatments in order to achieve the results they are looking for.
There is no recovery time so patients can often return to work or other activities immediately following each treatment. Side effects are rare and minimal. The most common complication is reddening of the skin, much like a mild sunburn.
Laser hair removal may seem simple enough, but the medical procedure must be performed by a qualified and trained professional, like plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Horn and his dedicated staff.
Dr. Michael Horn, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, employs a team of licensed estheticians who use the Cutera CoolGlide laser to safely and permanently remove unwanted hair. The hair removal system emits pulses of highly concentrated laser light to penetrate the hair follicles while at the same time cooling the skin. The procedure doesn’t take long; depending on the size of the area being treated, it can take as little as 10 minutes.
Patients should avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment because it can make the results less effective.
Who is a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
The treatment isn’t for everyone. The laser light isn’t as effective on lighter-colored hair. The light beams work by being absorbed by the pigment within the follicles, subsequently destroying the hair. The procedure is more successful with patients who have darker hair and lighter skin. Blonde hair does contain pigment, but skin color also plays a factor in whether the procedure will work well on treating unwanted hair.
Dr. Horn can help to determine if laser hair removal is the right option for you. Patients are carefully evaluated to determine if they are good candidates for laser hair removal before undergoing treatment. He can create a customized treatment plan to help you meet your personal dreams and goals.
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
You may be wondering whether or not laser hair removal is a painful process to endure. The feeling of a beam of laser light on your skin is akin to a tingling feeling. The entire process is quite gentle and you will be rid of your excess hair after about six laser hair removal treatments, depending upon the size of the area to be treated. After each laser hair removal treatment, you can immediately return to work or go about your normal everyday schedule. Laser hair removal in our Chicago Center is done by an experienced, licensed esthetician.
Our esthetician uses the Cutera CoolGlide laser hair removal system. This modern laser hair removal system removes excess hair safely, efficiently, and with virtually no pain. The most common side effect of our laser hair removal procedure is reddened skin, much like a sun burn, and this is temporary. An area of excess hair can be treated with this laser hair removal system within ten minutes. The number of treatments you will need has to be determined, as the hair follicle can only be removed while it is in a stage of growth.