Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic procedure in the United States. It provides precision removal of unwanted hair on your face, legs, arms and underarms, bikini line, back and other places. Once the hair is removed, there is a good chance it will not grow back because the follicle is destroyed. If, by any chance, it does grow back, it will be pale and weak, and you can repeat the procedure.
Laser hair removal uses a highly concentrated beam of light that turns to heat when it is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. This heat destroys the follicle, but does not damage the surrounding skin.
One great advantage is the precision with which it can be done. On the chin or upper lip, one hair at a time can be removed, while on large areas such as the back or legs, larger areas can be removed in a few seconds.
The amount of time the procedure takes depends on the size and place of the area being treated. The face may take 15 minutes while the back may take two hours. It takes multiple treatments to get the desired results because the laser only targets the hair that is in the growing stage. After a few weeks, new hair enters the growing stage, which is when the next treatment will be scheduled. However, once the skin is smooth, it will last from about three months to more than a year, depending on your skin type and the amount of hair removed.
For people with unsightly body hair, laser hair removal may be their best option. It removes the necessity for shaving, waxing or electrolysis, and there is no more discomfort from nicks, shaving rashes and burns.
During a consultation with our specialist, you will need to mention any medications you are currently taking, including dietary supplements, and any diseases you may have, such as diabetes. Our specialist may administer a patch test to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.
Before your laser hair removal treatment, you should avoid removing the hair to be treated by plucking, waxing or electrolysis because these methods also remove the follicle. You may shave, however, because this does not affect the follicle.
Laser hair removal at Lincoln Park Aesthetics is a great solution for people who constantly need to pluck, wax or shave unwanted body hair. It may not permanently remove the hair, but it does permanently reduce it, giving you smooth skin for months without any effort. To find out if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal, schedule an appointment at our office in Chicago. Contact us today to book your consultation!