Lasers can be set to specific wavelengths that target hair follicles without affecting the skin or surrounding tissues. As hair follicles absorb heat from the laser, they’re destroyed, which means they can’t continue to grow hair.
You’ll need to plan on several laser hair removal treatments, because hair follicles can only be damaged when they’re in a growth phase. All follicles go through phases where they grow hair for several years, then temporarily go into a rest period. Since each follicle is on its own time schedule — some are growing while others are resting — it typically takes several treatments to catch them all during a growth phase.
The length of time needed for a laser hair removal depends on the area of your body and amount of hair being treated. During your consultation with Dr. Stuart, she’ll be able to give you a time frame and treatment plan that meets your desired goals.
The doctor will also discuss what to expect during the procedure. Laser hair removal is well tolerated by most patients, especially with the advanced skin-cooling system built into one of the lasers Dr. Stuart uses for hair removal, the Cynosure Icon™. Most patients experience minimal redness in the treated area, but it should disappear within several days.
Laser hair removal is such a common procedure that it’s tempting to assume your choice of service provider doesn’t matter — but that’s not the case. In fact, multiple types of lasers are available, and expertise is required to determine which one will achieve the best results for each patient. For example, in addition to the advanced Icon system, Dr. Stuart also uses a diode laser, which can be used for all skin types, but is especially effective for people with dark skin.
Dr. Stuart is a board certified physician with extensive experience in using laser treatments to achieve optimal results. You can be confident knowing that Dr. Stuart offers her medical expertise to back up a procedure that seems common, but must be used by a highly competent practitioner to avoid unwanted outcomes.
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