Tired of shaving, waxing, or plucking your hair on a regular basis? Laser hair removal can halt the growth of your hair in its tracks, either on a long-term or permanent basis.
Located in Guilford CT, Beth Collins MD is committed to providing patients with a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive services. For more information about our practice or about the benefits of laser hair removal, contact us today.
Why Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in the United States today. And it makes sense why — the results of this procedure are long-lasting and sometimes even permanent.
Waxing, shaving, and tweezing are a tedious part of many people’s aesthetic routines. On top of being time-consuming, waxing and chemical hair removers can often cause irritation and sometimes remove the uppermost layer of the skin. Laser hair removal eliminates the hassle of being hairless, bringing patients long-term or even permanent hair reduction results.
How Does it Work?
Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of light to target hair follicles. Once this light reaches the follicles, it’s absorbed by pigmentation within the follicle as heat. Once absorbed, this heat either destroys or partially damages the follicle. Once a follicle is fully destroyed, hair can no longer grow from it. During each laser hair removal treatment, more and more follicles absorb heat and are destroyed, decreasing overall hair growth over time.
What Areas can it Treat?
This procedure can be used to remove hair on nearly any area of the body. The most commonly treated areas include:
- Upper Arms
- Upper lip
- Bikini line
What Should I Expect from a Laser Hair Removal Procedure?
While laser hair removal procedures can be uncomfortable, there are a few measures you can take before treatment begins to ease any pain you might feel. Women are advised not to schedule hair removal treatments during menstruation, as the skin is typically more sensitive at this time. Avoiding caffeine before your treatment can help you feel more relaxed and at ease during the procedure. Topical numbing creams and painkillers can also make the experience significantly more comfortable.
The time each laser hair removal sessions takes depends on the areas being treated, as well as the extent of hair growth in those areas. The upper lip and tops of ears typically take 8-10 minutes and the front of the neck or underarms 20 minutes. The legs and back usually take the longest, with treatment lasting between 60-90 minutes.
While the procedure itself can prove uncomfortable, patients typically experience little to no downtime after leaving our office. Dr. Collins recommends that patients undergo between 5-8 sessions for long-term hair reduction.
If you’re interested in learning more about the many benefits of laser hair removal, have any questions, or would like to schedule a consultation appointment, contact Beth Collins MD today.