Tired of shaving, painful waxing, tweezing or wasting time removing unwanted facial and body hair? Then, laser hair removal in Chevy Chase, MD, may just be the perfect solution for you. However, there are many preconceived notions out there when it comes to this particular procedure, and hopefully this blog will help dispel some of them.
What is it about the thought of using a laser on your skin that freaks people out? Is it the idea that it may be too painful? Too expensive? Skin irritation? Or perhaps, it’s the late-90’s comedic villain Dr. Evil who plays into the concerned hand, threatening to end Austin Powers life with a “laser beam?” No? It was worth a shot! Whatever the reason may be, it should be noted that laser hair removal is quickly becoming one of the most common cosmetic procedures in America. It’s also a safe and efficient way to remove unwanted hair.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in:
What areas can be treated?
Most areas on the body and face can be effectively treated, except around the eyes, with best results achieved on darker, coarser hair. Common areas to be treated for women are the bikini line, underarm, legs, arms, upper lip, chin and face. But it’s not just women who can benefit from laser hair removal. Areas that are most commonly treated for men include back, shoulders and chest.
How many treatments will you need?
Due to constant cycles of hair growth, multiple treatments are necessary. However, it also depends on your skin and hair type as well as which areas you elect to have treated. Hair removal is usually accomplished in a series of 2 to 6 sessions generally administered at 4 to 8 week intervals. After your initial series is complete, many patients find that maintenance sessions done a few times a year are ideal for any minimal regrowth. Permanent hair reduction can be expected in 80 to 90 percent of appropriate candidates.
What should you expect during treatment?
After your skin has been evaluated by your physician, you will be given safety goggles or glasses to protect your eyes from the light emitted during treatment. Once a thin layer of gel is applied to your skin, the hand piece will be moved over the desired area and a slight heat sensation will be felt. There is nothing to be concerned about, the pain is mild and controllable. Think of a rubber band being lightly snapped against your skin; no one really enjoys the feeling, but it more than bearable, even if you have sensitive skin.
What should you expect after treatment?
Following the procedure, you should expect your skin to be a bit red. Don’t worry, this is totally normal. Treated areas should be protected from direct sunlight for about 3-5 days, with hair beginning to fall out within the next week.
Dr. Sheilah A. Lynch, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can talk to you about removing unwanted hair and the importance of customizing a treatment for your skin and hair type. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lynch, fill out our contact us form on the website or give us a call at (301) 652-5933.