Laser Hair Removal Q & A
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal with excel HR at the office of Carrie Greenspan, MD, FACOG, uses two beams of laser energy to target hair follicles and permanently remove unwanted hair. The laser emits light that’s absorbed by the pigment in your hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the hair follicles in your skin. Your hair follicles gradually stop making hair or make less of it—resulting in smoother skin.
Compared to traditional methods, such as waxing, shaving, or plucking, laser hair removal is a proven method for permanent hair reduction. Unlike some laser-based technologies, the excel HR system works for all skin types.
What areas does laser hair removal treat?
Laser hair removal works on small and large areas of your body. The treatment removes hair on your:
- Upper lip
- Bikini area
However, because the treatment uses light energy, it’s generally not performed near your eyes.
What should I expect during laser hair removal?
Dr. Greenspan begins by prepping your skin for treatment. Depending on your treatment area, she may shave or trim your hair. She may apply a numbing cream to make you comfortable during your treatment session.
You’ll wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light. Dr. Greenspan presses a small hand-held device against your skin. You feel sensations of heat, followed by cooling as the device moves across your skin.
You typically need more than one session because your hair grows in stages. Multiple treatments over time will target all of your hair follicles. When you meet with Dr. Greenspan, she recommends a treatment plan that’s right for you.
What should I expect after laser hair removal?
After your laser hair removal treatment, you may have some mild swelling or redness. This typically goes away quickly. You’ll want to stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen on the treatment area.
You’ll gradually see less and less hair where you had the laser treatment. Any remaining hair may look thin and sparse.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to be free of unwanted hair, call Carrie Greenspan, MD, FACOG, today to discuss laser hair removal or schedule a consultation online.