Are you tired of shaving, waxing and tweezing? You may want to consider laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal is an effective way to permanently reduce hair growth. Just like any cosmetic procedure, however, patients need to understand what to expect and put careful thought into their hair removal decision. At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we encourage patients to consider the following if they want laser hair removal:
It is of highest importance that patients choose laser technology that is safe and FDA approved. You need to also choose a qualified, experienced provider. Although it may be cheaper or more convenient to stop in a clinic or med-spa for your hair removal, your safety (and results) may be compromised in doing so. Selecting a board certified dermatologist is your best assurance that you are putting safety first. Be sure that your provider is also willing to do a patch test first. This should be standard procedure to ensure your skin is suitable for the type of laser.
There are many different types of laser hair removal systems available, and they are not all created equal. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to ensure you are electing one that works for your specific skin type. Different machines have different lasers with varying wavelengths and capabilities. You may find that some places use intense pulse light (IPL) instead of lasers, which tends to be far less effective at getting rid of unwanted hair.
How It Works
Laser hair removal works by disrupting the function of the hair follicle in their active growing phase. The hair follicle can still exists post-treatment but will not be able to grow hair. Hairs that are not in the growth phase at the time of treatment will not be affected by the laser, which is why further treatments may be necessary to achieve ideal results.
At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we use the Cynosure Elite system, the most comprehensive laser hair removal system available today. It is FDA approved and uniquely designed for all skin types. The Cynosure laser’s intense heat damages hair follicles and stops future growth. This laser system also implements a cooling system that helps soften the sensation of the heat, which makes the treatments feel similar to a rubber band snap. After only a few sessions, dramatic results can be achieved. In addition, Cynosure laser can smooth and rejuvenate skin, making it an effective treatment for wrinkles, acnes scars and stretch marks.
Whether you are a woman who wants to be done with shaving your legs or bikini area or a man who would like a hair-free back, laser hair removal can be a life-changing solution that brings valued confidence and lessens your daily skin maintenance. At Olansky Dermatology, we welcome your questions surrounding laser treatments for the skin, and we would love to tell you more about the benefits of Cynosure Hair Removal.