If you’re ready to ditch wax strips and razor blades for good, laser hair removal may be an option for you. Although you’ve heard about the benefits, there are also many concerning stories circulating on the internet. As a result, you might have more questions than answers regarding the safety of the procedure. There isn’t any reason to worry. Here are the facts you need to make the best decision to enjoy silky smooth skin.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light energy to temporarily eliminate unwanted body hair. The laser emits a special light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. As the light energy is converted to heat, it damages the hair follicles, causing a disruption in future growth. Thanks to several improvements over the years, laser hair removal is effective for a variety of skin and hair types.
Is Laser Hair Removal a Safe Option?
There are many misconceptions surrounding the use of lasers to rid unwanted body hair, but much of what you have heard likely isn’t true. When performed by a trained professional, the procedure is a safe and effective option; however, it can occasionally cause a few side effects, like temporary redness or swelling of the treatment area. Despite what you might have heard, it will not cause cancer or melt your skin.
Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is safe for almost everyone, but it isn’t recommended for pregnant women. To determine your candidacy for the procedure, your skin care professional will evaluate your follicles, skin color, and hair type. Although it can be used for a variety of skin and hair types, there are several things to consider, such as:
- Skin Color: The treatment works best for patients who have light to medium skin tones. The contrast between your hair color and skin tone can also influence your candidacy for the procedure. If you have dark or tanned skin, you can still benefit from the treatment, but your results may not be as dramatic.
- Hair Type: Patients who have dark, coarse hair often achieve the most noticeable results. Fine, thin hair can be less responsive to laser hair treatment. If your hair is thinner, your technician will discuss the results you can expect upon the completion of a personalized plan which may include multiple sessions.
Choose a Safe Solution
If you have unwanted body hair on your face, arms, chest, legs, or other areas, you can enjoy smoother skin without the hassle of razors and wax kits. A laser hair procedure can help you achieve the results you want with minimal risks or side effects.
About Dr. Connie Casad
Dr. Casad is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology; however, she also has advanced training in many elective procedures, like laser hair removal. She uses diode lasers to reduce body hair safely and effectively using state-of-the-art technology. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.