One of the most effective and gentle ways to remove unwanted body hair is through laser hair removal. To eliminate hair, a laser beam of very low energy is passed through the skin and into any hair follicles that are currently growing. These follicles are then eliminated at their lowest level within the skin.
Additional benefits of this procedure are that larger areas of the body may be treated effectively, the treatments may balance the skin's complexion, and there is no recovery period following the procedure. Hair with darker pigment responded more strongly to laser hair removal, due to the pigment's ability to absorb the laser beams.
FAQ About Laser Hair Removal
What are the steps of the Laser Hair Removal procedure?
Special goggles are given to the patient, and a topical anesthetic gel is applied to the area of treatment. A hand-held laser is pressed against the area, possibly with a cooling device or gel. There will be a stinging or slight burning sensation. The procedure takes somewhere between a few minutes and a couple of hours.
Who is an ideal candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Though patients of all ages and skin types can be excellent candidates for laser hair removal, those with lighter skin and darker hair often experience the best results. This is due both to the success of the dark-pigmented hair at absorbing the laser and the contrast between the hair and skin tone.
What happens after the procedure?
Redness, swelling and pain may occur in the treated area for the first few hours after the procedure. Stinging may last for a few days, and may scab over. The area will be sensitive to sun for a few weeks, and should be protected with sunscreen and extra clothes.
Are there any side effects?
There are very few side effects relating to laser hair removal, with the most common including skin irritation, crusting, scabbing and changes in pigments. Very rarely there may be more significant side effects, such as scarring or blistering.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Feledy to Learn More
Dr. Feledy conveniently maintains offices in Stafford, VA and Chevy Chase, MD. For more information about Laser Hair Removal or to schedule a personal consultation at either location, contact Dr. Feledy's office at 301-654-5666 or 540-891-0040.