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What Laser Hair Removal Can Do for You

Are you tired of shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hairs? Laser hair removal may offer a better solution. Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington offer the popular hair removal treatment at Alamo Heights Dermatology.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal targets the pigment that gives your hair its color. Laser light heats the pigment, damaging the hair follicles and also slowing the growth of new hairs. The lasers your Alamo Heights dermatologist use generate very thin light beams to ensure that only hair follicles are targeted, not surrounding skin. Laser hair removal is most effective if you’re a brunette. It may not be as helpful if you have blonde, red or white hair.

Does laser hair removal just work on the face?

Although laser hair removal is an excellent option if you have unwanted hair on your face, it can also be used to remove hair on other parts of your body. The treatment offers an effective way to get rid of hair on your neck, back, shoulders, arms, underarms, legs, ears, chest and bikini area.

How long do treatments take?

The length of your laser hair removal session will vary depending on the amount of hair that will be removed. If you want to remove a few hairs on your chin, your session may only take a few minutes. Removal of a large amount of hair on the back or legs can take longer. You’ll need to schedule multiple sessions over the course of a few months, as some hairs will be in a dormant cycle during your first treatment. In a few weeks, those hairs will become active and can then be removed.

Is laser hair removal treatment painful?

As the laser light reaches the hair follicles, you may feel a slight stinging substance. Before your treatment begins, your skin doctor will apply a cooling gel to minimize any discomfort. Your skin may be a little red for one to two days following your treatment, but you can decrease redness and discomfort by using ice packs and applying anti-inflammatory cream.

Are you ready to improve your appearance with laser hair removal? Call Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington of Alamo Heights Dermatology at (210) 255-8477 to schedule your appointment.