Start Laser Hair Removal Treatments Now and Be Silky Smooth by Summer

It will be summer before you know it — the season of swimsuits, shorts, sandals, tank tops, and hair removal. Whether you shave, pluck, or wax, removing unwanted hair probably takes more time than you’d like to spend. Make an appointment at NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center now to enjoy a silky smooth summer with laser hair removal!

Start now — you’re going to need multiple treatments

It’s important to understand how laser hair removal works. At NeoSculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Nikunj Patel performs laser hair removal using the Quanta laser system.

Dr. Patel places the handheld laser device against your skin, and it transmits concentrated light energy to your hair follicle. The pigment in your hair absorbs the laser energy, which damages the follicle and prevents future hair growth.

There are three stages of hair growth:

For laser hair removal to be effective, it should be performed during the anagen stage, when your hair is actively growing. Since not all of your hair is in the same phase at the same time, you’ll need multiple treatments spaced a few weeks apart.

The exact number of treatments you’ll need depends on the size of the area being treated and the amount of hair you’re having removed — even things like the color and texture of your hair can make a difference. Dr. Patel evaluates your individual skin and hair before suggesting the number of treatments you’re likely to need.

Your winter skin may be an advantage

Another reason to begin laser hair removal treatments now is that the treatments are more effective on untanned skin. Darker skin absorbs some of the light energy that is supposed to damage the hair follicle. If you have naturally darker skin, Dr. Patel may have alternative suggestions for hair removal.

Don’t wax first!

It’s best to avoid waxing, plucking, or electrolysis in the weeks before you have laser hair removal. Anything that disturbs the hair follicle is likely to reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatments. Shaving simply removes the visible hair above your skin but leaves the hair shaft and the follicle intact.

Enjoy years of permanent hair reduction

Treatments with the Quanta laser system usually don’t require any downtime. If you do have side effects, they’re most likely to be minor swelling or slight redness, which dissipates quickly. By beginning treatments now, you’ll be ready for summer by the time it arrives — and for many summers to come.  

Just as hair and skin types vary, the results of laser hair removal treatments vary from person to person. If you have lighter-colored hair, it absorbs less energy from the laser, so the damage to your hair follicles may not be as extensive as with darker hair. Additionally, because the third stage of hair growth can last for months or years, you may need additional touch-up treatments to remove hair that was in the catagen stage during your initial round of treatments.

If you have questions about laser hair removal, book your consultation online or call our office at 325-305-7979. Dr. Patel will be happy to address any concerns you may have and evaluate your skin and hair type to find out if laser hair removal might work for you.

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