Effective hair removal
If you are unhappy with the results you get from shaving, tweezing, or waxing; laser hair removal may be the ideal solution. Laser hair removal is more than simply ”zapping” unwanted hair, it is a medical procedure that requires the special skills of a medical esthetician working closely with a dermatologist. Be sure that you thoroughly check the credentials of the doctor’s office who will be performing your procedure. The top Charlotte dermatologists have the training, the skill, and the technology to provide safe and effective laser hair removal. Conversely, if you walk into any drug, grocery, or department store, you will find the beauty aisles filled with do it yourself creams, lotions, and tools for hair removal. Dermatologists offer a number of solutions for hair removal for any area of the body for both men and women. The most common areas are the back, chest, legs, arms and armpits. Your doctor will know which option can be most effective for your needs.
Broadband light for hair removal
Broadband light therapy removes unwanted body hair by a process called “PhotoEpilation.” A simple explanation is that PhotoEpilation allows for controlled flashes of laser light to penetrate the skin, in a way that damages hair and minimizes the ability of hair follicles to grow new hair. Not to be compared with tiny hand held devices that are seen on TV, broad band light therapy can treat large areas of the back, shoulders, abdomen, and legs very quickly. Facial areas can be treated in minutes. Your dermatologist will determine the best treatment approach for every individual based upon factors such as hair color and location on the body. Hair removal usually requires a few office visits, with the average patient requiring 6 treatments. Once treatment is completed, most patients are free of unwanted hair for several months. Even when the hair regrows, most patients experience markedly less that is finer and lighter in color. Laser hair removal can be repeated for hair regrowth.
How to prepare for laser hair removal
Before you receive laser hair removal, your dermatologist will determine if you have a propensity for scarring or developing keloids. She or he will want to know if you experience outbreaks of cold sores or genital herpes. The doctor will also review your list of medications, including over the counter treatments. You will also receive a comprehensive skin examination to determine the color and coarseness of the hair, and where the hair is in its growth cycle. Once you have opted for Broadband laser hair removal, it is crucial that you follow your dermatologist’s pre-therapy instructions. This will helps to reduce potential side effects. Your dermatologist’s instructions are very simple:
- Do not tan either in sunlight or artificially.
- Do not use self-tanning lotion.
- Wear sunscreen every day before going outdoors.
- Shave the hair on the day of the procedure.
Skin care after treatment
After treatment, it is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions. This will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and other complications. Consider the following:
- Apply ice to the treated area if desired.
- No waxing or plucking is allowed between treatment sessions.
- Do not rub treated skin with a face cloth or towel; pat dry only.
- Do not shave the treated area for 1-3 days after treatment.
- Avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatories for a few days before and after treatment.
- Refrain from alcohol consumption, this will help to reduce the risk of trauma and bruising.
One of the top Charlotte dermatologists for hair removal
The color and texture of your unwanted hair will determine the duration of your hair removal therapy. The doctors at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality, innovative skin care, and cosmetic dermatology in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. Treatment is available for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation for laser hair removal.