Unwanted body and facial hair can be a source of frustration and in severe cases, embarrassment for many patients. While shaving, waxing and creams serve as temporary methods of removal, they are also time-consuming and can be ineffective. Fortunately, thanks to advances in technology, laser hair removal offers an effective, safe and long-lasting solution to unwanted hair.
To learn more about this common and increasingly popular treatment, take a look at some of these most frequently asked questions.
- How does laser hair removal work? Laser hair removal is performed while the targeted area is numbed by a topical anesthetic. A handheld device that emits intense laser pulses is moved across the region, focusing on individual hair follicles. There are several different methods of laser hair removal, some of which combine laser impulses with radiofrequency. An appropriate method for each individual patient is decided in consultation with the physician administering treatment.
- Am I a good candidate? Individuals whose excessive hair growth in a particular region of the body is bothersome are candidates for laser hair removal. The success of laser hair removal is affected by hair color and skin type. The most effective results usually occur in individuals with dark hair and light skin, as the laser beams target the melanin, or pigment, in the hair. Individuals with blond, red, gray or white hair are not usually good candidates for laser hair removal. Recent technological advances have made laser hair removal for dark-skinned individuals more successful, while procedures to effectively remove light-colored hair with lasers are still being explored.
- How many sessions are required for effective hair removal? Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the andogen, or full-growth stage. Hair follicles that are in a stage of active growth will be disabled by the laser, stopping continued hair growth. Because all of the hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments spaced four to eight weeks apart are necessary.
- What is recovery like? Some redness, soreness or swelling may occur immediately after a laser hair removal treatment, but these symptoms almost always disappear within a few days. Cold compresses or ice packs, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory creams may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible following treatment.
- What are the risks? Although laser hair removal is considered a safe procedure, any type of medical procedure involves some risk of complication. Some of those complications include skin irritation, hyperpigmentation, or scarring at the treatment site.
Laser Hair Removal in South Carolina
To learn more about the benefits of laser hair removal, please contact Dr. Orseck online to schedule an appointment. Our office in Spartanburg, SC can be reached at 864-560-6717, while our office in Greer, SC can be reached at 864-849-9330. We look forward to hearing from you!