What to expect from laser hair removal
Because the laser targets color, the ideal candidate has a lighter skin with contrasting dark hair growth. However, Dr. Carr has advanced laser equipment to safely and successfully treat most situations. Laser hair removal should be done when your skin is at its lightest – it is important not to tan before an appointment. Laser energy targets the hair root, not the shaft, so feel free to shave, but please do not wax, pluck, or thread before treatment.
At your laser session, hair is trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The technician adjusts the laser for your hair color and thickness, and the body area being treated. The device is passed over the treatment area, while a cooling feature keeps skin temperature comfortable. In capable hands, no wounds are generated, so there is no downtime and no specific aftercare required. You may see some slight swelling or redness, similar to a mild sunburn, which resolves quickly. Dr. Carr will talk with you about using cold packs or a soothing cream if your skin is very sensitive. All patients should wear daily sunscreen to promote even skin tone.
Treatment time and number of sessions is customized for your needs. For example, underarms and bikini area typically require five to six treatments. Facial hair has a finer diameter shaft and is lighter in color than body hair, so more sessions may be needed. Simply schedule your next appointment when you see evidence that another growth cycle is beginning.
Laser removal can be a timesaving and cost-effective way to achieve permanent hair reduction. Call Carr Dermatology at (281) 972-6494 to learn more about getting sleek with no fuss.