Laser Hair Removal is a proven effective and safe method of removing unwanted hair. The procedure is a quick and relatively painless alternative to waxing, tweezing, depilatories, and electrolysis.
What Body Areas Can Be Treated?
The variety of devices available at our office allows us to remove hair from all parts of the body, including the face, legs, arms, underarms and back. We can also treat sensitive areas like the chest, nipples, and bikini line.
What Do The Treatments Feel Like?
The laser handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along the skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however, some patients may prefer to use a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most areas require 3 to 6 treatments. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benfits depends on multiple factors, such as hair thickness, the area treated, and the hair’s growth cycle. Each individual hair on the body goes through distinct phases:growing, resting, and shedding. Laser procedures treat only hair in the active growth phase of the hair cycle at the time of treatment. Consquently, several treatments are required to capture all hairs as they enter this active growing phase.
What Happens After the Treatment?
Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment, you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of your treatment and are not regrowing.
What Restrictions Apply After Treatment?
Following the treatment, you can return to your normal activities right away. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most common findings include temporary redness and swelling, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Your provider will discuss the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives at your consultation visit.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Compare With Other Hair Removal Methods?
Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are temporary methods that must be repeated on a regular basis. Laser techniques can provide permanent hair reduction. Electrolysis is a tedious, invasive, and painful process that involves inserting a needle into each individual hair follicle, followed by the delivery of an electrical charge. Electrolysis often requires years of treatments at regular intervals. By delivering light energy to hundreds of hair follicles at a time, the laser effectively treats an area in just seconds that would take over an hour with electrolyisis.
Why Choose the Pennsylvania Centre For Dermatology over My Local Spa or Salon?
In inexperienced hands, lasers can be dangerous and result in blistering, discoloration, and scarring of the skin. In addition, the actual laser and light devices used to treat hair are not all equivalent. At the Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology, we offer only proven, safe, scientifically sound, and evidence-based lasers and light devices. We are committed to providing medical services with the utmost integrity, commitment to service, and dedication