Having unwanted body hair can be embarrassing, but removing it with most readily available methods has the potential to leave you with rough, bumpy or prickly skin. What’s worse, the irritation doesn’t always heal before it’s time to remove the hair again. Scars, ingrown hairs and stubble can make you self-conscious about your skin, or you may not like how it feels to your own touch. If you want to get rid of unwanted hair permanently and have smooth, touchable skin, laser hair removal may be the solution you need.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
A laser is just a focused beam of intense light. To remove hair, the laser is calibrated to distinguish between the color of your skin and the color of your hair. Even if the two are quite similar, the laser will be able to target only the hair. During your treatments, the laser is fired and the hair is superheated while your skin is left at normal temperature. The heat of the hairs burns the hair follicles, which scars them and makes them unable to grow hairs any longer. The scarring to your hair follicles is microscopic and no one will be able to see or feel it, including yourself.
Adaptable to your Goals
Laser hair removal can be used to thin hair as well as remove it entirely. The reason this is possible is because our hair grows in cycles. While some follicles are active, others are dormant. If you want a completely smooth result, you will need several treatments. If you just want a thinning of the hair, you decide when you’d like to stop. Laser only affects the targeted areas, making it perfect for permanently shaping eyebrows, the hairline at the nape of your neck or anywhere else your hairline isn’t perfect.
Not Right for Everyone
Laser hair removal is tolerated well by most people, but there are some conditions that make it a poor choice for certain individuals. Laser can only be applied to unbroken skin, meaning those with acne, psoriasis or eczema will need to wait for their skin to clear before receiving treatments. If you’ve ever had a precancerous or cancerous lesion excised, talk to our dermatologist about laser before you schedule an appointment.
Laser hair removal is a great option for getting smooth skin. If you have questions or would like to see what laser can offer you, feel free to contact Southeastern Dermatology in Fayetteville, NC at your earliest convenience.