Laser hair removal is an excellent way to prevent the growth of hair for long periods of time. Hair may be removed from all areas of the body, but is most frequently removed from the face, upper lip, bikini line and neck.
Certain types of hair and skin are easier to treat than others. Typically those with dark, course hair and light skin will experience the best results and require fewer treatments to achieve optimal results.
When to Consider Laser Hair Removal
Ideal candidates for laser hair removal are healthy individuals with lighter skin and darker hair.
Some diseases and medications may make you ineligible for laser hair removal, as may pacemakers and certain skin conditions. Tanned patients may need to wait for their tans to fade before undergoing laser hair removal.
What are the steps of laser hair removal?
The first step of laser hair removal is to apply a numbing lotion to the treatment area. The laser is then focused on the treatment area and removes the hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin. The laser can remove hair in a fairly large area at once.
How long is recovery following laser hair removal?
Patients may immediately resume their normal activities, though they should avoid hot tubs and suntanning for at least 24 hours. Some ointments or topical lotions may be advised for certain situations. Healing starts in the first few days, and should be resolved shortly. A second appointment for evaluation and possible treatment may be necessary following the initial treatment.
Is there scarring from laser hair removal?
Scarring is extremely unlikely following laser hair removal, but there may be slight pigmentation changes or discoloration.
How will I feel after the procedure?
Discomfort from laser hair removal is typically minimal and may easily be managed using over-the-counter medication, but this is usually not required.
Are there any possible complications with laser hair removal?
Complications from laser hair removal are uncommon, as it is a minimally invasive procedure. These rare complications may include changes in skin pigmentation, blisters, burns, infections and allergic reactions.
Learn More About Laser Hair Removal in Tampa
For more information about laser hair removal, or to schedule a personal consultation with Mary Beth, call her directly at 813-440-3047. Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery is conveniently located in New Tampa, near Wesley Chapel.