Traditional methods of hair removal are almost universally part of every adult’s grooming routine. Shaving, tweezing and waxing are all common practices that both men and women use to get rid of unwanted hair on the face and body.
It’s no secret, however, that the continual process of removing hair is tiring. Shaving every day or even every week can be an inconvenience, and the costs of razors, gels and lotions, waxing supplies or professional services can get expensive in the long run.
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment for permanently reducing and removing unwanted hair. As a result, the skin looks and feels smoother without the need for shaving or waxing.
If you have become tired of your short-term hair removal solutions, laser hair removal may be right for you. Laser hair removal is by far the most efficient way to eliminate unwanted hair, allowing you to spend more time doing the activities you enjoy and less time feeling self-conscious or worrying about whether you missed a spot.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light that is aimed at your body hair. The light is absorbed by the hair’s pigment, which damages the hair follicle to the point that it affects future hair growth. Lasers can remove hair with results lasting anywhere from several months to years, as the results vary per person.
Since the laser relies on the darker pigment of the hair to absorb the light energy, older versions of laser hair removal technology were less effective on those with darker skin tones. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa in Jacksonville, FL, our technicians use the state-of-the-art GentleMax laser, which contains dual platform for treating hair and all skin types. The laser’s ability to work on different complexions also makes it possible for you to receive results tailored to your unique characteristics.
One of the biggest benefits of laser hair removal is its ability to leave your surrounding skin unharmed. The laser is excellent at removing hair without inflicting any damage to the skin. The procedure is extremely precise and creates noticeable results that you can enjoy and flaunt right away, with no recovery time necessary.
What Does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?
Most clients report that the treatment feels like tiny pinpricks or a rubber band snapping lightly against their skin. You may experience more discomfort in sensitive areas like the underarms or bikini line — we typically recommend taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or Tylenol before these treatments, as they can also help alleviate any redness in the treated area. Topical numbing agents are available to ease any discomfort for sensitive areas.
Clients who usually wax or tweeze generally say that laser hair removal is less painful than their typical treatments. Many patients also find that any pain or discomfort associated with laser hair removal will lessen with each session.
What Areas Can You Treat?
Laser hair removal is effective almost anywhere on the body, including areas as delicate as woman’s upper lip and areas with thicker hair like a man’s chest or arms. The most popular areas to treat include the face, legs, underarms, arms and bikini line. The laser technology can efficiently target several hair follicles at once, making the process convenient to receive even for areas of body with highly concentrated hair follicles.
Depending on the treatment area or areas you choose, your appointment could last a few minutes or a few hours. Small areas like the upper lip or underarms will require less time, while larger areas with more hair such as the back or legs will require additional time. Your appointment may also be longer if you choose to treat more than one area in a single session. During your initial consultation, your laser hair removal clinician will estimate how long your treatment will last and customize a treatment plan for you. Your clinician will also explain how many treatments may be necessary to accomplish your complete desired results.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?
Laser hair removal can be beneficial for anyone who is self-conscious about areas of hair growth on their body and who is tired of traditional, non-permanent hair removal techniques. The procedure is known to boost confidence and save you time and money in the long run, leaving you with confidently smooth, carefree skin for months or years at a time.
To find out how well laser hair removal might work for you and your goals, you should schedule an in-person consultation at a licensed treatment facility, preferably a center overseen by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center, you will work with one of our highly qualified laser hair removal clinician to create a treatment plan that addresses your cosmetic concerns with unwanted body hair. By examining your current hair growth and discussing the concerns you have, you can learn more about the procedure and decide whether it’s the right treatment option for you.
Your clinician will also assess your skin and hair color to determine the effectiveness of laser hair removal and the number of treatments that you will require. Because every patient has unique characteristics, it’s important to structure a treatment plan around your individual needs and goals.
Before you arrive for your first appointment, your technician will instruct you not to shave for three days or tweeze/wax for six weeks. Allowing your hair to grow will give the follicle enough time to develop, which will make your laser treatment more effective. At your consult, disclose all medications you take as some may effect your treatment results. It is also required to limit sun exposure during your treatment.
If you would like to learn more about laser hair removal or find out whether the procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa in Jacksonville at 904-388-6110 and schedule your consultation.