Laser Hair Removal can be successful for many thanks to the new advancements in technology. If you live with unwanted hair, you’ve probably tried some of the typical solutions, such as tweezing, shaving, waxing, and electrolysis. These treatments worked but with short term results. Intense pulsed light plays a key role in removing unwanted hair safely with outstanding results that last.
Laser Hair Removal at a Glance
|Treatment For||Unwanted Hair on the face & body|
|Expected Result||Removal of unwanted hair after a series of treatments|
|Treatment Time||Minutes to 1 hour depending on the size and number of areas to be treated|
|Recovery||Mild redness and sunburn like sensation for a few hours|
|For Best Result||A series of 6 to 8 sessions for permanent hair reduction|
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
The Palomar hair removal hand piece emits pulses of light into the hair follicle. The light is absorbed by the pigment in follicles and converted to heat. The heat then loosens the hair and disables the cells responsible for growing new hair.
What are Laser Hair Removal treatments like?
A topical gel will be applied and Dr. Serrão will move the handpiece over your skin, pulsing it all the while. Each pulse will send a beam of light through your skin into the hair follicle. A flashing light, and audible tone, and a mild sensation on the skin will tell you when the handpiece is being pulsed. Most patients experience a little discomfort. Some patients may feel heat or a slight stinging sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
How long does the treatment usually last?
The duration varies depending on your individual needs and the size of the area to be treated. Appointments usually range from a half hour to an hour. Small areas, such as the underarms or upper lip can be treated in ten minutes or less, and even large areas, like the back or legs, can be treated in under a half hour.
What body areas can I get treated?
Any area may be treated, except directly around the eyes. The upper lip, face, neck, underarms, bikini line, chest, arms, back, and legs can all be treated.
What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after treatment, you can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts two to twenty-four hours, and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs. The treated hair will continue to appear for seven to thirty days post-treatment. This is not new hair growth, but the treated hairs being expelled from the skin. At any given time, some of your hair is not in a phase of active growth. Therefore you will need more than one treatment to affect the growth of all your unwanted hair. Typically, several treatments will be necessary to achieve permanent hair reduction.
How many treatments are needed?
Because hair can only be affected during certain growth cycles, several treatments are necessary. Usually five to seven sessions are required to achieve the desired effect.
How long do the results last?
The hair reduction should be permanent, though it will not eliminate 100% of hair growth, and occasional touch-ups may be necessary.
How can I find out if I’m a candidate?
To find out more about this procedure, call us to set up a consultation. Dr. John Serrão performs Laser Hair Removal for patients in the Orlando Central Florida area. Call us at 407-896-3772 to schedule your consultation.