Unwanted hair can be uncomfortable and unsightly. At Lancaster Family Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the team of expert providers, including Dr. Christopher Porter and Dr. Mark Cohen, offers laser hair removal using the cutting-edge technology from CynosureⓇ. To learn how you can achieve smooth skin with a few simple laser sessions, call the office or book an appointment online.
Laser hair removal targets your hair follicles with intense beams of concentrated light. The light is absorbed by pigment in your hair follicles, essentially destroying the hair.
Hair removal methods, such as waxing, shaving, tweezing, and depilatories require constant upkeep. Laser hair removal eliminates hair for good, so once growth is reduced, you don’t have to keep returning for maintenance treatments.
Laser hair removal is also precise, quick, and predictable.
Hair grows in cycles, and not all hair is at the same point in the cycle. You need multiple sessions of laser hair removal to get all the hair follicles when they’re in a growth cycle and vulnerable to destruction.
The number of sessions you’ll need to achieve smooth, hair-free skin depends on your skin type, hair density, and hair color. Most people achieve permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions, usually scheduled about six weeks apart.
Women commonly seek laser hair removal to address excess facial hair or hair on their legs, arms, or armpits. Men also benefit from laser hair removal if they desire a smooth, hairless back or chest.
Laser hair removal is most effective on coarse, dark hair and people with light skin.
You feel a zing as the laser hits the skin and penetrates to the hair follicle. Sessions are relatively short, however, and as soon as sensations start to become uncomfortable in one area, the laser is moved to another.
You’ll be given ice packs and anti-inflammatory creams following the session to ease discomfort.
Laser hair removal requires no downtime, so you can go back to work or school or other daily activities right afterward. You may have some redness or sensitivity in your skin for a day or two following treatment, almost as if your skin is slightly sunburned.
To find out if you’re a candidate for the convenience of laser hair removal, call Lancaster Family Health or book an appointment online.