What is Laser Hair Removal?
Hair removal with a laser is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in America. It's an effective method for the long-term reduction or removal of hair follicles on the body and face. This laser treatment usually leaves the skin feeling and looking smoother and produces longer-lasting results compared to other common hair removal methods. At Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic in San Antonio, TX, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher performs safe and effective laser hair removal services for both women and men in frequently requested areas, including the arms, legs, back, face, chest, and bikini area. To learn more about achieving smoother skin with laser hair removal, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boucher.
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal in Live Oak and San Antonio, TX, at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic can remove unwanted hair quickly and effectively, with several great benefits, including:
- Procedure is gentler than waxing and plucking
- Removes hair from any body area
- Creates smoother, softer skin
- Results are long-lasting to permanent
- Helps prevent ingrown hairs
- Keeps you from having to regrow hair between treatments
- Saves time and money overall
Am I A Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a safe, effective treatment suitable for most patients who want smoother, softer skin. During your initial consultation, we will talk about your needs, concerns, and goals so we can determine if laser hair removal is right for you. Ideal patients for laser hair removal treatments:
- Have unwanted hair on their face or body
- Are tired of other hair removal methods (waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, bleaching)
- Have darker hair with lighter skin
- Are in overall, good health
Our Laser Hair Removal Technique
Once we have created your personalized treatment plan, you can relax as your session begins. Your technician will stretch out the area to create a direct path between the root of the hair follicle and the laser. The energy from the laser will target and destroy the follicle, which prevents the hair from growing again while preserving the surrounding skin. Typically, you will need 3 – 5 sessions over 3 – 4 weeks to see your ideal results. Although laser hair removal is relatively gentle and tolerable, your skin may look like it has a light sunburn since lasers are used. After your session, you will be able to resume all normal activities, but you need to refrain from exercise or lengthy exposure to the sun for about a day as the skin recovers. We recommend the use of soothing creams or cold packs to alleviate any discomfort.
What can I expect after laser hair removal?
Although this procedure is relatively gentle, the treated areas of your skin may look like it has a mild sunburn due to the use of lasers. After your treatment, you will be able to resume your daily activities, but you should refrain from heavy activity or lengthy exposure to the sun for a period of 24 hours to let the treated skin heal. When you get home following your session, we recommend anti-inflammatory creams or cold packs to minimize any mild discomfort.
Laser Hair Removal FAQ
How much does laser hair removal cost?
A laser hair removal treatment varies in cost depending on the size and number of areas being treated, plus the number of sessions recommended to attain optimal results. To help you understand the benefits of laser hair removal, estimate the time and energy you are putting into waxing, shaving, or other methods. In comparison, laser hair removal is usually more cost-effective and can save you time and energy long-term. Our team will develop a custom treatment plan with the number of sessions we suggest and prices.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Considered an effective treatment, laser hair removal produces long-lasting improvements. While you can enjoy the benefits of the procedure for many years, it is technically semi-permanent since some follicles may not be affected by the laser. However, patients find the majority of the hair follicles are dormant after their treatment plan has concluded, and if stray hairs pop up, it is easier to address. Additional laser hair removal sessions may also be needed to take care of any stragglers or new growth.
Why do I need multiple laser hair removal sessions?
Your hair growth occurs in phases. While some hair follicles are in a live growing phase, others are resting. Because every follicle grows in various stages, several treatment sessions are suggested to target each hair when it's in a growing phase. Spread out your sessions over several weeks — so you get the smoothest, most effective result.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Your laser hair removal session may cause mild discomfort, but it is not considered a painful procedure. Patients will feel a small snap as the laser zaps the hair follicle. Your technician can use a numbing ointment to the surface of the skin prior to the start of the treatment. For patients who are used to getting waxed, they think that laser hair removal feels more comfortable than a normal waxing session.
Which laser is best to remove hair?
With so many laser systems to choose from, Lone Star Dermatology Clinic offers cutting-edge hair removal technology for patients of varying hair types. The laser we use delivers impressive results, but we continue to upgrade our technology as newer lasers become available. Ask us for more information on our system in your laser hair removal consult.
Remove Unwanted Hair
If you are tired of wasting time, money, and energy on shaving, waxing, and plucking, schedule an appointment to learn more about laser hair reduction treatments at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic. Laser hair removal by Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher can help you achieve skin that's smoother by treating unwanted hair on the body and face. Contact one of our San Antonio, TX office locations today.