With cooler weather on its way, you may be ready to hide unshaven hair behind long sleeves or tall boots. But when the occasion for bare legs or sleeveless dresses arises, will you be ready and confident? Instead of spending precious time shaving, eliminate unwanted hair with laser hair removal treatments. Your cosmetic surgeon or medical spa can help explain the procedure, what to expect during treatment and the results it provides.
Before the Procedure
Prior to treatment, your doctor or skincare specialist will have you complete a patient medical history questionnaire in order to assess your overall health and evaluate your candidacy for the procedure. This questionnaire may include questions regarding your family medical history, previous surgeries, history of disease, current medications, and certain lifestyle factors. Once you have completed this questionnaire, you will meet with your doctor for an initial consultation where he or she will make note of your hair’s color and thickness and your skin tone.
During Treatment Sessions
Your laser hair removal procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis in a doctor’s office or medical spa. In some cases, your doctor or technician may utilize a topical anesthetic to numb your skin before beginning treatment. Using a small hand-piece, your doctor will slowly guide the laser over your skin to deliver short pulses of laser light, which destroys hair follicles. Some lasers also deliver a light spray of coolant simultaneously for enhanced comfort. Depending on the size of the area being treated, treatment sessions may last anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour.
After Laser Hair Removal Treatments
Because your hair grows in cycles, most patients will need at least three treatments to achieve optimal results. The results following these treatment sessions are 90-95% permanent, which means you can boast smooth skin no matter the season.
For more information about laser hair removal, contact Dr. Yarish. Dr. Scott Yarish is a leading, board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston with over sixteen years of experience and expertise in surgical and non-surgical procedures. Contact us today at (713) 469-3449 to schedule a consultation.
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