Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to destroy hair follicles, resulting in long-term hair reduction. The laser targets the melanin in the hair follicle, which absorbs the light energy and destroys the follicle without damaging the surrounding skin. Laser hair removal can be performed on any area of the body, from small areas like the upper lip or chin to larger areas like the back or legs. It is a safe and effective way to achieve long-lasting hair reduction, making it a popular choice for those seeking a more permanent solution to unwanted hair.
What Can I Expect?
Laser hair removal is a relatively painless procedure. Patients may experience some mild discomfort or a sensation of heat during treatment, but this is usually easily tolerated. Numbing creams or cooling gels may be applied to the skin to reduce any discomfort.
There is usually no downtime associated with laser hair removal. Patients may experience some redness or swelling in the treated area immediately following the procedure, but this typically subsides within a few hours. It’s important to avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen to the treated area to prevent any irritation or damage.
Laser hair removal can provide long-lasting hair reduction, with some patients experiencing permanent hair loss after a series of treatments. Results can vary depending on the individual’s hair type and skin tone, but most patients see a noticeable reduction in hair growth within a few weeks after treatment. Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results, but the effects can last for several months or even years. Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin.
Meet YMD's Expert
Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Most of Dr. Yeilding’s patients tend to think long-term, and many receive multiple treatments over time. Although some patients may want to proceed more aggressively than others, Dr. Yeilding will restrict the scope of treatments to yield conservative but effective aesthetic enhancement. Knowing “when to say no”, verses “doing a little more” is one of Dr. Yeilding’s guiding principles.
Since all patients are different, Dr. Yeilding has found many facial filler treatments to be totally unnecessary for most patients, yet almost every patient does seem to have at least one of the issues above. Based on her detailed assessment, Dr. Yeilding will carefully create a custom treatment plan that considers your age and aesthetic goals. When there is more than one issue to consider, Dr. Yeilding will advise you to begin with the issue that can achieve the most with a single treatment.
Dr. Yeilding has received specialized training, first in Ophthalmology, to gain understanding of the ultra-complex set of muscles, nerves and blood vessels around the eye and face, and then Oculoplastics and Facial Plastic Surgery to be able to effectively manipulate facial anatomy to achieve aesthetic beauty. During her fellowship with the nationally known facial plastic surgeon, John P Fezza MD, in Sarasota FL, Dr. Yeilding learned the fundamentals of using this next generation facial filler technology to treat a wide variety of patient needs. Since then, Dr Yeilding’s patients have received significant aesthetic benefit because of her conservative, yet highly effective treatment approach using Juvéderm®, the “gold standard” in HA facial filler.
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser hair removal is safe for most skin types, but it may not be suitable for those with very dark or very light skin. Your healthcare provider can determine if laser hair removal is appropriate for your skin type during your initial consultation.
Most people find laser hair removal to be relatively painless. Patients may experience some mild discomfort or a sensation of heat during treatment, but this is usually easily tolerated. Numbing creams or cooling gels may be applied to the skin to reduce any discomfort.
The number of laser hair removal treatments needed for optimal results depends on the individual's hair type and skin tone. Generally, a series of 6-8 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended for best results. Your healthcare provider can recommend a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Laser hair removal can be performed on any area of the body, from small areas like the upper lip or chin to larger areas like the back or legs. However, it's important to note that certain areas may be more sensitive than others, and some areas may require more treatments than others.
Prior to laser hair removal, it's important to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 2 weeks. Avoid plucking, waxing, or electrolysis for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment, as these methods remove the hair follicle and may interfere with the laser's ability to target it. Shaving is allowed and recommended prior to treatment. Additionally, it's important to inform your healthcare provider of any medications or skin products you are using that may increase your sensitivity to light.