As summertime approaches, the problem of how to deal with unwanted body hair exasperates many adults. Hair on the belly, legs and around the bikini lines can be shaved, but it grows back rapidly, and the cleanly shaved areas around swimsuit straps can become itchy and even show a rash. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution to unsightly body hair. This process removes hair for good by affecting the follicle from which the strand grows. This procedure that can be performed in our comfortable office setting by an experienced technician. We encourage you to learn more about this popular treatment for permanent hair removal.
Why Laser Hair Removal?
Lasers deliver a tight beam of monochromatic light. The light beam is made up of millions of photons, each of them carrying the same amount of energy because the beam is composed of a single wavelength. This concentrated energy can be strong enough to vaporize nearly any material substance. However, lasers used for hair removal are relatively weak in terms of energy output. Nonetheless, they are quite capable of heating up and affecting a hair follicle without affecting the surrounding tissue.
The key to energy transfer from a laser beam is to calibrate the device to produce a light beam that is absorbed only by materials of a certain tone. In other words, the pigmentation of tissue determines which frequency of energy to use. The laser beam penetrates right through the epidermis and lower dermal layers, and it is absorbed only by the darker, melanin-rich follicle.
How the Procedure Works
The laser used is a handheld device about the same size as a large electric razor. The laser is pressed against the skin and the beam is pulsed several times. The follicle is heated up and becomes affected in such a way that it can no longer produce hair cells. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, the procedure can take from about 20 minutes to more than an hour.
During the Consultation
We will ask the client about medications currently being used. We will also recommend that the client shave the areas to be treated just before the treatment session. Keeping out of the sun before treatment is also advised.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Waxing and plucking are rather unpleasant and can actually be quite painful. These treatments are not permanent solutions to the problem of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal permanently affects the follicle, meaning that the area is now hair-free forever.
Laser hair removal treatments are also less harsh than shaving, especially if the skin is uneven in texture. Repeated shaving of brittle, rippled skin can cause rashes and discoloring. On the other hand, laser treatments do not change the skin tone.
Get Ready for the Beach
Enjoy the beach this summer without the self-consciousness that body hair can bring. To get all the facts on laser hair removal, and to learn how this simple cosmetic procedure is the preferred solution for unwanted body hair, make an appointment at The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery. We have offices located in Celebration and Altamonte Springs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.