Laser Hair Removal Providence
For people with unwanted body hair who are looking for a quick method of long-term hair removal, laser hair removal at Enzer and Associates, PC, is a proven solution. Other options like waxing, hair-removal creams, razors, and tweezers only offer short-term results and are often quite painful, involved, frustrating, and costly.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair-removal is a non-invasive procedure designed to reduce body hair. It works by sending laser energy to a targeted area. The heat of the laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair root. The absorbed heat energy causes damage to the hair follicle, making it difficult or impossible for the follicle to grow new hairs. The treatment gives the skin a smooth and clear appearance.
The common areas where body hair tends to grow can all be addressed using this procedure. These areas of the body include underarms, mustache area, bikini area, face, legs, arms, back, chest, shoulders, and neck.
What Happens During Laser Hair Removal?
At the start of the laser hair-removal procedure, the patient’s excess hair is shaved; this leaves the root of the hair in the follicle. The laser energy can lock onto the pigment in this part of the hair.
Once shaving of the area is completed, a gel or topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin in order to numb the skin, making the treatment more comfortable for the patient. Protective goggles will be worn by the patient to protect their eyes from the laser energy.
A laser handpiece will then be used to apply laser energy to the area. A cooling device may be used to keep the skin more comfortable during treatment. The time this treatment will take varies depending on the size of the treatment area.
Once the treatment is complete, the patient can immediately return to their everyday schedule. Repeat sessions will be necessary due to something known as the hair-growth cycle.
The Hair-Growth Cycle
Body hair goes through the hair-growth cycle, which involves three phases: growth (anagen), transitional (catagen), and resting (telogen). Hair can be effectively treated in the anagen phase. All of the hairs in a treatment area are in different phases of the cycle, so only some will be successfully treated during laser hair removal.
Because of this, multiple treatment sessions will be necessary, with a gap of about six weeks between treatments. The number of necessary treatments depends on many variables, including area of the body, hair thickness and color, and skin color. While laser hair removal is very successful, there are some people who do not get full hair removal; but even they usually notice a reduction and thinner hairs, as well as less frequent need for shaving.
The amount of time the results of the hair-removal treatment will last is dependent on how much hair was removed during the laser treatment, as well as other factors. Certain kinds of medications or hormonal conditions induce hair growth, so these may result in persistent body hair even after multiple treatments.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
To learn more information about laser hair removal, contact our office and set up a consultation with our providers to find out if this procedure is right for you. Yoash Enzer, MD and/or Ashley Wright, FNP will be happy to discuss your options for laser hair removal.