Smoother skin is simple with laser hair removal. With locations in Houston, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, Portland, Corpus Christi, Palacios, Columbus, Gonzales, Dallas, Mansfield, Beaumont, Bay City, New Braunfels, and San Antonio, Texas, Heights Dermatology offers safe, effective laser hair removal treatments. Call Heights Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about laser hair removal.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure that uses concentrated light beams to reduce unwanted hair permanently. After a series of treatments, most hair in the area cannot return. Any hair that does grow back is thinner, lighter, and softer than before.
Laser hair removal can completely eliminate or cut down on your shaving or waxing time.
How does laser hair removal work?
During laser hair removal, your dermatologist at Heights Dermatology focuses a concentrated beam of light into the targeted treatment area. The melanin, or pigment, in your hair shaft absorbs the light. This light energy immediately converts to heat, which permanently damages the hair follicle.
A damaged hair follicle can’t produce hair as quickly as it once did. As you continue your treatments, your hair grows thinner and more slowly.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Laser hair removal typically requires multiple treatments to successfully prevent new hair growth. The number of sessions you need depends on the size and location of the treatment area. Most patients return for treatments once every 4-6 weeks until they experience permanent hair reduction.
What happens during laser hair removal?
When you arrive for your laser hair removal treatment, your dermatologist may apply a numbing anesthetic to keep you comfortable. They also give you protective eyewear that you must use throughout the procedure. Finally, they focus the laser onto the targeted treatment area. Most patients describe the sensation as feeling like a rubber band snapping against the skin.
How long the procedure takes depends on the size of the treatment area. While small areas, like the upper lip, may take just a few minutes to treat, the legs and arms can take more than one hour.
What happens after laser hair removal?
As a noninvasive treatment, laser hair removal requires no downtime. However, you should avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for several weeks after your treatment. Your skin may appear red and swollen, but these effects should subside within days.
Which areas can laser hair removal treat?
Laser hair removal is an effective treatment for nearly any area of unwanted hair, including:
- Upper lip
- Bikini line
Call Heights Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about laser hair removal.