5 Places Where You Can Remove Hair

Body and facial hair are facts of life. But that doesn’t mean you want to live with unsightly hair in all the places it grows. 

The latest advances in laser technology mean you don’t have to fight unwanted facial and body hair with tweezers, razors, and chemicals any longer. Laser hair removal offers a better solution if you’re looking for smooth, silky, hair-free skin. 

As part of our comprehensive line of services, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Allen A. Flood and our team of aesthetic experts use the latest in laser hair removal technology to give you the hair-free skin you’ve been longing for. 

Many of our patients come to our Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, practice curious about which areas of the body they can have treated by laser hair removal. We have you covered. 

Check out this informative guide and learn more about laser hair removal, where it can be used, and what you can expect from treatment.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is an effective and safe way to reduce unwanted body and facial hair. Using concentrated light emitted from a handheld device, we use laser energy to destroy the hair follicles that fuel hair growth — without hurting or marking your skin. The result? The smooth, silky, hair-free skin you desire.

We can use laser technology to treat nearly any skin and hair type, but Dr. Flood conducts a small patch test to ensure you’re a good candidate for treatment. 

During your session, we mark the treatment area then use the handheld device to send concentrated laser light into the hair follicles. 

You need several laser treatments for optimal results because hair grows in a three-part life cycle, and laser hair removal is only effective during the growth stage of this cycle. 

The number of sessions required depends on the treatment area and the quality of the hair being treated. In general, we can usually remove thick, dark hair in fewer treatments than thin, light hair. For most of our patients, the average number of sessions needed is six to eight.

Where can you remove hair?

We create a customized plan to meet your hair removal needs based on your aesthetic goals and the condition of your skin and hair. Many areas of the body are eligible for treatment, but here’s a closer look at some of the most popular treatment areas and what you can expect:

Legs

No one likes shaving their legs multiple times each week. That’s why laser hair removal on the legs is so popular. 

The good news is that leg hair usually responds extremely well to laser hair removal because it is typically thicker and darker than hair in other areas, such as your face. Bottom line? Amazing results usually result after only a few treatments.  

Face

Although it’s a very popular treatment area, facial hair is typically thinner and lighter than other body hair, meaning you’ll likely need several treatments to reach your goals. In addition, because the hair on your face has a longer resting phase in the three-part hair cycle, you’ll probably have to wait longer between sessions.

Bikini zone

The hair in your bikini zone is typically thicker and darker, making it one of the most responsive areas for laser hair removal treatment. This is a body area in which patients often notice dramatic results quickly. 

Underarms

The underarms are another most popular treatment area for laser hair removal. It comes with an added benefit: Underarm laser hair removal reduces the continuous dark shading many people see after shaving or waxing. 

For lasting results in underarm hair reduction, expect to undergo six to eight treatments.

Back

For men looking to reduce body hair, the back is the most popular treatment area. We customize the laser setting to address this larger area and can generally complete the entire back in about an hour. 

While we can use laser hair removal on most areas of your body, the overall effectiveness and number of treatments differ depending on the body part we’re treating and the nature of the hair in that location. 

Learn more about laser hair removal by contacting our Capitol Hill office today. We also offer telehealth appointments for established patients.

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