Cosmetic and General Dermatology located in Woodland Hills, CA & Beverly Hills, CA
Successfully eliminating unwanted hair on your body can often feel like a hopeless task. Thankfully, Douglas Hamilton, MD in Woodland Hills, California, offers effective and long-lasting hair removal solutions through laser technology. To learn more about the benefits of laser hair removal, get in touch with Dr. Hamilton today by phone or online.
Laser Hair Removal Q & A
How does laser hair removal work?
As the name suggests, laser hair removal uses energy from a laser to target specific areas of your skin you want to be hairless. The laser passes through your outer layer of skin to reach the hair follicles right beneath.
With a razor-sharp focus, the laser forces the hair follicles to heat up and self-destruct. After the laser destroys the hair follicles, no more hair can grow in that area.
What areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal treatment?
Before the treatment, Dr. Hamilton discusses your goals. He can determine whether the area you want hair-free is healthy enough for laser hair removal. In most cases, laser hair removal can target any of the following areas:
- Bikini line
- Back and chest
- Arms and legs
- Chin and upper lip
While these are the most common areas, Dr. Hamilton can discuss others should you be interested.
How long does laser hair removal take?*
The length of your laser hair removal treatment significantly depends on the treatment area. In most cases, it takes between 6-10 sessions to permanently eliminate your hair’s chances of regrowth.
Generally speaking, it takes up to 13 weeks for your hair to reach the surface of your skin, and each hair follicle isn’t in sync with the next one. As a result, you need multiple sessions to target all the hair follicles as they develop.
Dr. Hamilton might also recommend a different treatment length based on genetics, hormones, and age.
Is laser hair removal painful?
During your laser hair removal appointment, Dr. Hamilton makes sure that you’re as comfortable as possible. Some patients have reported slight feelings of tingling and heat, though this shouldn’t cause severe discomfort.
If the discomfort persists, use ice packs or cooling gel to soothe the area.
How long does it take to recover from laser hair removal?
Since laser hair removal poses very few risks and side effects, it shouldn’t take you long to recover. In fact, you’ll be able to resume your daily activities without delay.
After the procedure, you might notice that the treatment area is red or mildly swollen. This is entirely normal and shouldn’t last longer than a couple of hours. If these symptoms last overnight, get in touch with Dr. Hamilton immediately.
Contact Dr. Hamilton and his team by phone or online today to learn more about what laser hair removal can do for you.
*Individual results may vary