Are you tired of the endless cycle of shaving, plucking, and waxing, only to have unwanted hair return almost immediately? Laser hair removal offers a solution and is available from the team at Northshore Dermatology, with four locations in Slidell, Madisonville, Hammond, Louisiana, and Picayune, Mississippi. Booking a visit online or by phone takes just moments, so don’t delay.
In order to understand how laser hair removal works, it helps to think about how your hair grows normally. Your body is covered in hair follicles, each of which acts as a tiny channel into the deeper layers of your skin.
A hair root lies at the base of each follicle, producing the hair cells that stack atop one another to create strands of hair. Hair growth occurs in a cycle, including the following phases:
Laser hair removal works by using carefully controlled beams of light to create heat in the hair follicle. That heat damages the hair root, preventing normal regrowth. Laser hair removal only works during the anagen phase, which is why you need multiple treatments to achieve the best possible results.
The pigment in your hair attracts the laser light. When the laser pulses over the surface of your skin, you feel a quick “snapping” sensation. Many people report feeling a sensation like the snap of a rubber band against the skin.
Those sensations tend to be more noticeable in areas where your skin stretches tightly over bone, like your ankles and knees. Some people feel almost nothing during treatments, and even those who do notice sensations report that they become less intense during subsequent treatment sessions.
If you have especially sensitive skin or you’re worried about discomfort, your practitioner can apply a numbing cream prior to your treatments.
The upfront cost of laser hair removal may seem high at first, but it’s helpful to think about the long-term results. All those razors, wax strips, depilatory creams, and visits to the waxing salon aren’t free.
Those costs add up over time. There’s also the value of the time you spend dealing with hair removal, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. When you look at the expense of various hair removal options over months and even years, laser hair removal is not an expensive approach.
Northshore Dermatology also offers a number of packages that make laser hair removal more affordable. Call the office today to book a visit and learn more. Online scheduling is also an option, allowing you to book from home, any time of day or night.