Laser Hair Removal
Unwanted hair, especially around the face, legs, arms, under arms, chest, and back can be extremely bothersome and difficult to remove. Shaving can give you a temporary fix, however, hair grows back within a day or two. Waxing may be another option for a longer lasting result, but it too needs to be repeated every couple of weeks. Plus, over-shaving and over-waxing may cause hair to grow back thicker, with risk of in-grown hair that can cause skin problems.
Dr. Kim uses an 810 nm Diode Laser to permanently remove these unwanted and sometimes embarrassing hair. Though this laser treatment can be used for all skin types, best results occur when there is dark hair on light skin.
Area(s) of the treatment must be shaved and clean prior to arriving the office. No makeup or lotion should be used. During the treatment, gel will be layered thick on to the skin. Then laser light and energy will be shot into the skin, which is absorbed by melanin in the hair follicle, and transformed to heat to destroy and stunt hair growth. Patients often report the treatment itself feeling like a short, pinching or snapping sensation.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
Due to the staggered nature of the hair growth cycle, which some hairs are actively growing while others are dormant, laser hair removal requires multiple treatments to catch each hair as it enters the “active” growing phase. Typically up to 6 treatments, spanning 6 weeks apart, are needed to permanently remove the hair.
Laser hair removal is safe for all skin types and requires little to no recovery time. In rare cases, some patients have reported temporary itching, redness, and minor swelling in the treatment area.