The thing about hair is that it’s always growing. This is great news when you want to continue enjoying your thick head of luxurious hair.
But when that hair shows up in unwanted places on your body, its insistence on growing day after day can get on your nerves. You’ve tried shaving, you’ve tried waxing, you’ve tried creams and tweezers, but nothing keeps the hair from coming back.
Nothing, that is, except for laser hair removal, the holy grail of removing unwanted hair. At Melanie Adams Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland, we specialize in removing hair with the xeo® laser system. Here’s a little more about how it works and the benefits it provides.
As you might guess from the name, the laser hair removal process uses heat energy from a laser to attack individual hairs at their root, also known as a hair follicle. The laser targets follicles in the particular area where you want to lose hair.
Once the follicle absorbs enough of the laser’s heat energy, it shatters and no longer produces hair. These unwanted cells are then eliminated by the body.
If you’re wondering whether laser hair removal is right for you, consider the following benefits:
Lasers are fast. While the laser targets individual follicles, it can reach many of them in the same area at the same time. Each laser pulse takes just a fraction of a second; in about a second, a laser can treat an area the size of a quarter.
Most sessions are relatively quick. The length of time depends on the area being treated, the amount of hair, and the type of hair, but there’s no downtime afterward.
The total number of treatments depends on your individual situation, but thorough removal requires a few sessions in most cases.
Lasers are also precise — they target individual hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Even if you just want to remove small areas of hair such as around your eyebrows, upper lip, or bikini line, the laser can handle it without a problem.
Unlike solutions such as shaving that you must repeat continually, laser hair removal is a one-time process. You may need a touch-up in a year or two, but since the hair follicles are literally blown apart, you don’t have to worry about those same hairs regrowing.
Ingrown hairs are terrible for those who have to deal with them as they shave or wax. The hair curls back into the skin, causing irritation and infection. When the hair is removed with a laser, you won’t have to deal with ingrown hairs any longer because the hair simply won’t be there.
If you have sensitive skin, laser hair removal means you’re also done with the irritation that comes every time you wax or shave.
If you’re considering laser hair removal, the expert team at Melanie Adams Dermatology can give you the information you need to make an informed decision. To set up a consultation, just call the office or book an appointment with our convenient online scheduler.