With laser and light technology development happening at such a fast pace, Dr. Hirsch urges all patients to make certain that they work with a board-certified dermatologist experienced in laser therapy to ensure proper safety with treatment. Never be afraid to ask your physician about their training and qualifications, or what their experience is with a particular procedure or device. Since any type of procedure can carry potential side effects, it is crucial to entrust your face and body only to qualified, experienced hands.
Laser hair removal uses light energy to gently, yet permanently, remove unwanted hair. This advanced technology transcends the older, painful hair removal treatment of electrolysis and puts to an end the tedious routines of shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal is a gentle process. The area is shaved and then treated with the laser. The laser energy passes through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. In a fraction of a second, the hair follicles are treated. After your treatment, you can return to your normal activities. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.
The number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair's growth cycle. Your hair grows in cycles and many factors influence its growth. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in your hair's location, thickness and rate of growth.