How Laser Hair Removal Works

If you want silky smooth skin but are tired of time-consuming, cumbersome, and painful hair removal methods, look into laser hair removal. It offers an effective and lasting solution for getting the hair-free skin you desire. 

Unwanted facial and body hair can be embarrassing — especially during the summer months when bare skin is supposed to shine. At the private practice of board-certified dermatologist Allen A. Flood, MD, we use state-of-the-art laser technology to safely and effectively remove unwanted hair. 

Many of our patients wonder how laser hair removal works and what they can expect. Here’s a look at what you need to know about this popular aesthetic procedure. 

How does laser hair removal work?  

Our handheld laser system uses a concentrated beam of light to blast pigment found in your hair follicles. The light produces heat energy, which the pigment absorbs, killing the root. Because these laser treatments are highly targeted, the surrounding skin isn’t harmed. 

This targeted removal means we can safely use laser hair treatments to remove hair from many areas of your body, including your:  

You can expect to come into our office several times for treatment since hair grows in a cycle of four stages. Everyone’s needs differ, but most patients receive 3-7 treatments to achieve the desired results. 

Depending on your skin and hair, Dr. Flood may recommend additional maintenance treatments every 6-12 months. 

While the vast majority of our laser hair removal patients report the treatment isn’t painful, everyone’s sensitivity and tolerance levels differ. In addition, the treatment may feel different depending on the sensitivity of the area being targeted.  

Many of our patients describe laser hair removal as a tingling or tickling sensation, while others say it is more like a quick snap of a small rubber band. 

Depending on the treatment area and the quantity of hair removed, your skin may be a little red or irritated after your session. Fortunately, this typically resolves quickly. 

How long do laser hair removal sessions take?

The duration of laser hair removal sessions varies from person to person. Some sessions only take a few minutes, while others may last up to an hour. The factors that influence how long your sessions take include the: 

We work with you to set realistic expectations and customize your treatment plan to meet your goals.   

How long do laser hair removal results last?

One of the best things about laser hair removal is that it stops new hair from growing. This means you enjoy lasting results. 

In some cases, different factors, like major changes in hormone levels or certain medications, can lead to new hair growth despite laser treatments. When this occurs, the new hair is much thinner, and a quick touchup appointment can remove the light hair growth.

If you’re ready to bare your silky smooth skin this summer, we can help. Contact our office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, today to schedule a consultation.

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