If you feel like you’re stuck in the endless struggle against unwanted body hair, you aren’t alone. When you consider the amount of time a person spends shaving, trimming, waxing, or plucking, it’s not surprising that laser hair removal treatments are growing in popularity.
At Easton Dermatology Associates in Easton, Maryland, we rely on the latest generation of advanced IPL laser technology, the Icon™ Aesthetic System by CynoSure®. That means that if you start your laser hair removal treatment now, your skin will be perfectly smooth and razor-free by summer.
When it comes to eliminating unwanted body hair, the secret is destroying it at its source. Once you damage your hair at the root, you can permanently eliminate hair growth in the future. To do this, laser hair removal delivers concentrated beams of light directly to your hair follicle.
The advanced design of our Icon Aesthetic System allows us to customize its settings for your skin and hair type. This precision ensures the optimal results for all hair textures, colors, and skin tones. You can also use laser hair removal on your entire body, from large surfaces like your legs, thighs, and back, to delicate spots like your bikini area and underarms.
Laser hair removal provides permanent solutions to eliminating unwanted body hair, but it takes several treatments to work. This is because each of your hair follicles has a three-part life cycle that includes:
When your hair follicle is in the growth cycle, it produces an entire shaft of hair. As it switches to the regression and rest cycles, your hair growth resets, and your stem cells wait for the signal that it’s time to start growing a new hair shaft. You can only disable a hair follicle when it’s in the growth cycle.
Even though it seems like all of your hair is growing at the same time, each of your hair follicles is actually in a different stage of their life cycle. To make sure you can disable all of the hair follicles in the treatment site, you need multiple laser sessions in order to disable all of them in the growth stage.
To get the best results, we typically suggest five to seven laser hair removal treatments.
It’s tempting to schedule all of your laser hair removal treatments within a few days, but your skin needs time to recover between each of your appointments. You also have to allow enough time for your hair follicles to transition through their life cycles.
Although you have to wait a few weeks to treat the same spot, we can address multiple body areas at the same time. That means that you can eliminate unwanted body hair from your legs and underarms during a single visit.
Before we begin your laser hair removal, we work closely with you to discuss your overall goals so we can develop the most effective treatment strategy to provide results as quickly as possible.
Laser hair removal is simple, but it does take a little preparation. Before your appointment, you have to stop plucking or waxing the treatment area to keep your hair root intact. For the best results, however, you should shave your unwanted body hair before your appointment to ensure laser penetration.
Our laser hair removal sessions can take between 5-60 minutes, depending on the size of the site. These treatments are well-tolerated and described as mild tingling or like a snapping rubber band.
After your treatment, you may notice mild irritation, redness, or tenderness in the area, but this usually fades within a day or two. To find relief, you can apply a cool compress or ice pack. Laser hair removal can also increase your skin sensitivity, so it’s important to stay properly hydrated and avoid sun exposure.
You can usually expect to see a 10-25% reduction in hair growth after your first treatment.
Take the first steps to being razor-free by summer; call Easton Dermatology Associates, or schedule an appointment online today.