Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL
Shaving and waxing take a toll on your finances, your time, and often leave skin irritated and susceptible to ingrown hairs and razor burn. You don’t have to go through the painful and expensive process of waxing or face shaving every day. Laser Hair Removal is a safe, effective, and long-term solution for unwanted hair growth. This non-invasive laser treatment can get rid of dark, coarse hair so you can enjoy the Florida beaches and sun without worrying if you remembered to shave, tweeze, or wax.
Schedule your consultation at our Pensacola office today at 850-500-7527 to see if laser hair removal is right for you. We serve surrounding areas of Florida and nearby Mobile, Alabama.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Laser hair removal works by sending pulses of laser light into the skin to target hair follicles in the dermis (underlying layer of skin). The treatment works best for dark, coarse hair because the pigment absorbs the laser light, destroying the hair follicle without disrupting the surrounding skin. The treated hair then falls out over the following month, but hair growth occurs in cycles, which is why multiple laser hair removal treatments are required to target all of the hair in the chosen area.
- Laser Hair Removal on the Face: 2-3 treatments required, spaced 3-4 weeks apart
- Laser Hair Removal on the Body: 2-3 treatments required, spaced 6-8 weeks apart
The devices used for laser hair removal can target multiple hair follicles at once, treating about the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the chin or upper lip may take less than a minute to treat, whereas larger areas like the legs may take over an hour. Some patients see a significant reduction in hair growth after three treatment sessions, while others may need up to seven.
Multiple body areas respond well to laser hair removal treatments, including:
- Bikini line
Preparing for Laser Hair Removal
These laser treatments work best on dark, coarse hair with contrasting skin tones, which is why it’s important to avoid tanning at the beach or in a tanning bed for six weeks before your initial treatment and throughout the process. As laser hair removal targets each hair follicle in the desired area, you’ll need to avoid waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis six weeks before your treatment session. This is a medical procedure that should only be performed by a trained professional technician. You will likely be asked to shave the day of your appointment and avoid using any lotion on the area.
The Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Laser hair removal treatments involve little to no pain, and many patients liken the feel of the laser pulses to a rubber band snap. However, laughing gas and a topical numbing agent may be used to minimize your discomfort, depending on the size of the area and length of treatment. Our trained technician will adjust the laser equipment for your hair color, thickness, skin tone, and face or body location before testing a small area to ensure correct settings and watch for adverse skin reactions.
A cold or cooling gel may be utilized to help the light pulses reach the hair follicles in your skin, and you will need to wear eye protection due to the laser energy. After your treatment, the face or body area can look and feel sunburned, but moisturizer or a cold compress can help. Darker complexions are more prone to blistering.
Schedule Your Laser Hair Removal Consult in Pensacola
Throw out your razer, cancel that wax appointment, and say goodbye to tweezing. Laser hair removal is an excellent option for men and women in the Pensacola area. You can enjoy the beach and go for a swim without the sting associated with shaving and waxing.
Please call Restore Plastic Surgery today at 850-500-7527 to schedule your consultation. Our office in Pensacola, Florida serves patients from across the state, Mobile Alabama, and throughout the country.