Laser Hair Removal

The average American woman devotes 84,126 minutes of her life (that’s more than 58 days in total) to shaving, and spends over $10,000 on related products. Seventy-five percent of men shave their faces daily, and many “manscape” the chest, back, and beyond. There is a better way to look neat and well-groomed without the daily chore of shaving, the mess of depilatory creams, or the discomfort of waxing, threading, and plucking. Dr. Pamela Carr of Carr Dermatology in Sugar Land, TX suggests permanent reduction with laser hair removal.

How laser treatment reduces hair growth

Laser energy, delivered as pulses of light, is absorbed in the pigmented root of the hair. Heat generated by the light energy destroys hair follicles in the active growth phase. With each treatment, hair growth becomes thinner. Your body continues to produce some new hair follicles, so no laser treatment can get rid of 100 percent of hair permanently. Usually, though, only a touch-up session or two each year is needed to stay smooth.

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 281.494.0034 to learn more about getting sleek with no fuss.

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