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Questions About Laser Hair Reduction? Get Your Answers Straight From Our Expert!

Monday, April 25th, 2022

 

What You Need To Know About Laser Hair Reduction:

 

What Is Laser Hair Reduction?

Laser Hair Reduction is a state-of-the-art, long-lasting, safe and effective treatment used to reduce the amount of unwanted hair you have. The goal is to destroy the hair follicle, specifically the area region called the bulge because that is where the stem cells of the hair are located.

 

How Does It Work?

The laser light seeks out the pigmented cells located in the hair follicles. The laser light is absorbed and heats the hair structures which damages existing hairs and disrupts the follicle’s ability to produce hair in the future.

 

Who Should Consider Having Laser Hair Removal Treatments?

  • Those who develop skin irritation or bumps after shaving
  • Those who have area(s) of excessive or course unwanted hair growth
  • Those who are frustrated by the amount of time they spend shaving, waxing, bleaching or plucking unwanted hair
  • Those who have a desire to leave their razor at home when vacationing or spending a week at the beach, free of embarrassing shaving bumps or skin irritations

 

Who Are The Best Candidates For Laser Hair Reduction?

Individuals with dark hair and lighter skin are the best candidates for Laser Hair Reduction.  Since hair reduction lasers seek out pigment, your hair must be darker than the pigment in your skin because lasers are not smart enough to distinguish the difference between hair and skin.  When you have more pigment in your hair than in your skin, the laser is able to focus in on its target and send the light energy to the hair follicle instead of targeting the skin which also has pigment.

 

Will Laser Hair Reduction Treatment Still Work On My Blonde Hair?

In a nutshell; no. If the hair you want treated lacks dark pigment, whether it is as blonde, red, grey or white, laser treatments will not be effective, as again, the hair must contain dark pigment for the laser to successfully seek and destroy the hair structures.

 

Which Areas Can Laser Hair Reduction Treat?

Typically, Laser Hair reduction can be used to treat hair anywhere on the body. The most popular locations for women are the face, underarms, bikini area and lower legs.  The most popular locations for men are the back, neck, shoulders and upper arms.  This treatment can provide significant improvement for those who suffer with ingrown hairs (follicular barbi) or irritated skin or bumps after shaving.

 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

It depends on several variables such as your skin type, area being treated, hair color, and the percentage of hair follicles that are in the Anagen stage (growing stage) at the time of treatment.   It’s important to understand that hair reduction is a process.  It is not a one-time treatment, though it can provide very satisfying results.  Not all hair follicles are producing hair at the same time.  There are three different cycles; Anagen (growing stage), Telogen (dormant stage) and Catagen (the stage in between Anagen and Telogen).  Only the hair follicles in the Anagen stage are disrupted by the hair reduction treatments. A very high number of follicles are in the Telogen stage where there are no hair / pigmented cells present to treat.  Because of the changing growth cycles, it will require several treatments to assure that we are treating each Anagen hair growth cycle.   Depending on the body location, this typically means 6-10 treatments.

 

How Often Will I Need A Treatment?

This depends on the body part being treated.  Hair grows in different areas of the body in a stochastic (probable behavior) cycle of hair growth. In

general, we would treat the face, underarms or bikini area about every 6 weeks.  The back, shoulders, upper arms every 8-10 weeks, and the legs every 12 -14 weeks until we have treated each cycle.

 

Where Are The Treatments Performed?

Hair reduction is performed in the privacy and comfort of our skincare & laser suite at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center.

 

Does It Hurt?

Most patients find this procedure to be easily tolerated.  Most patients describe the procedure as feeling prickly or like a quick, hot rubber band snap.

 

What Is Recovery Like?

Some patients experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour after the procedure, though that sensation could last longer.  Your skin may appear red, pink or mildly swollen for 48-72 hours.  You are able to return back to normal daily activities immediately following your procedure. Avoid hot water, steam and high aerobics  until redness is gone and skin sensation is back to normal, typically 2-4 days.

 

How Can I Find Out More Information or Discover If I Am A Good Candidate For Laser Hair Reduction?

Call our office at 217-359-7508 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo or Roxanne.  During your consultation, we will be able to determine if you are a good candidate, discuss expectations and walk you through pre & post treatment instructions. We will answer any additional questions you may have to help you determine if this treatment is right for you.

 

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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