Each hair follicle on your body is cycled through active and resting phases. Whether you shave, pluck, or wax, this process continues. The hair grows back, and you have to remove it again. Wouldn’t you love to stop it from growing in the first place? Well, with the Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama’s services of laser hair removal, Birmingham, AL area residents can! This is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dermatology treatments, second only to injectables such as Botox® and Dysport.
Although it is called removal, laser treatment actually prevents new hair growth. Concentrated laser light penetrates the follicle, reacting with the pigment. This effectively renders the follicle inactive, usually permanently. The original laser treatment was only recommended for people with light skin and dark hairs. However, the latest advanced laser technology, used at the Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama, is safe and effective for people of all skin types, tones, and hair colors.
For a couple of weeks before treatment, it is important to avoid shaving or otherwise removing hair from the area to be treated. The laser light source is fully adjustable, to deliver a customized treatment depending on your skin type, hair type, and the area to be treated. You may need to wear eye protection, as even the mildest lasers (such as those used for presentation pointers) can damage vision.
The skin is prepared by cleaning and possibly using a cooling gel or device. This helps the light pass safely and effectively through the surface layer of skin. During treatment, you may feel a slight stinging sensation. A single session may be completed in as little as 15 minutes, though this varies greatly depending on the size of the area treated. Several sessions are needed to treat all follicles. When the entire treatment plan is complete, permanent results can usually be maintained with touch-ups no more often than once a year.
Nearly anyone looking for a long-term, beautiful, and convenient solution to unwanted body hair is a good candidate for laser hair removal. Birmingham, AL area residents, including those in Chelsea, Homewood, and Hoover, can say goodbye to razors, creams, wax, and tweezers forever. For more information, email us, or call (205) 871-7332 to speak with a Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama staff member!