The constant cycle of plucking, tweezing, waxing, and shaving hair can be frustrating and time-consuming. If you’re tired of this hassle, our team at Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX, offers laser hair removal to help keep your skin smooth and hair-free. A simple series of treatments can offer effective, lasting results.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Take?
A Quick Treatment With Great Results
Your unique needs and the area you’d like treated can all play a part in how long laser hair removal takes. If you want a small area treated, like your chin or upper lip, that could potentially be carried out in as little as five minutes. Larger areas of the body like your back or legs could be done in around 30 minutes, give or take.
Some patients prefer to just relax for the span of their treatment, while others take the opportunity to listen to their favorite music, podcast, or audiobook.
When Do Results Set In?
We use the Icon system by Cynosure to carry out treatment. A special handpiece will be used to target your specified areas. After the laser energy has been delivered, you should be able to notice a reduction in hair growth almost immediately after your first treatment.
Individual timelines may vary depending on your hair type and skin tone. It’s also important to keep in mind that while a single treatment can provide impressive and noticeable results, most patients still benefit from a treatment series.
Why Multiple Treatments?
Multiple treatments will help us make sure you’re getting smooth, even, and long-lasting results. To achieve this, we have to be as thorough as possible. The body has a lot of hair follicles. By coming in for a series of treatments, we’ll be able to re-treat follicles that are still producing hair, as well as make sure there aren’t any follicles we missed.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
We’ll be better able to answer this during a consultation, where we’ll be able to set up a unique treatment plan with you based on your needs and your schedule. In general, a treatment series may involve between four to eight treatments. Some patients can get by with less, and others may benefit from more.
How Long Will Results Last?
Once your series is complete, you can begin to enjoy smooth skin for a long time to come. For some patients, the results are permanent. Other patients have very infrequent and light hair growth. During times of major life events or hormonal changes, you may find you want an occasional touch-up treatment. All things considered, most patients would consider their results either permanent or very close to it.
How Does It Work?
This hair removal method uses a laser to safely and effectively target hair follicles. This process damages the follicles, and significantly reduces or eliminates their ability to produce hair. If hair does grow back after treatment, it tends to do so very slowly. It also will be thinner and easier to manage.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Most areas of the body can be treated. If you have a specific area in mind and you aren’t sure if laser treatment is the way to go, feel free to ask us about it! We’d be happy to let you know.
Some patients have thick hair growth on their arms that they want to either remove or thin out. Laser treatment is an effective way to do that.
This is a very common treatment area since most of our patients regularly shave or wax this area.
The summer can be an especially hard time to stay on top of hair maintenance. If you want to spontaneously enjoy your summer without being bogged down with hair removal, laser hair treatment can allow you to make those last-minute beach plans without having to rush through a full-body shave.
Patients of any gender can struggle with unwanted chest hair. Many patients find that a laser treatment is just what they need to stay on top of this hair growth.
The Face and Neck
Some patients have hair above their lips that they feel self-conscious about. Plucking this area can be painful, shaving it can be an annoyance, and bleaching it is time-consuming and potentially harmful to the skin. Laser hair removal can be used to treat this area, as well as hair growth throughout the face, chin, jawline, and neck.
This is another very popular treatment area. It’s common to either shave or wax leg hair, but that’s a lot of work. It can be hard to see all the hair that needs shaving, and it can take a chunk of time out of the day. Laser removal can help you reclaim some of that time.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Healthy adults of any gender can seek out laser hair removal. It’s a versatile treatment option that can be a good fit for many patients. Due to how the laser works, it may be more effective for certain types of hair. This is why a consultation with us can be a very helpful way of making sure this treatment is the right call for your needs.
Having your unwanted hair permanently treated can save you a lot of time, no matter what your current hair-removal method is. Shaving is often a daily chore. If you’re shaving your whole body, it’s an even longer daily chore. Results from waxing usually last longer than shaving, but it’s still not permanent. The time you spend waxing yourself or getting professionally waxed can add up over time.
No More Shaving
Shaving is one of those time-consumers that can be aggravating to go through every day. If you’re in a rush and try to speed things up, you could end up with a cut or razor burn. Rushing through can also mean missing a whole patch of hair that you may not notice until you’re already out and about.
Laser hair removal can save frustration and hassle, but it may also reduce waste. Plastic disposable razors are being thrown out at a significant rate each year. These razors either end up in landfills or could make their way into the ocean.
Due to the fact that plastic isn’t a material that decomposes, these razors could end up contributing to microplastic pollution. From manufacturing, to packaging, to their disposable nature, these items are just not that great for the planet. Managing your unwanted hair in a way that doesn’t produce as much waste may be better for you and the environment at the same time.
Better Results Than Shaving
Ingrown hairs are a common side effect of shaving. These hairs can become irritated or even infected. They tend to be red and can be quite sore. Since laser removal treats hair at the roots, it can help prevent ingrown hairs. It may even be used as a way to treat them.
Safer Than Waxing
As for waxing, having it done professionally tends to be a very safe process. But patients who don’t want to constantly set up waxing appointments may try it at home and put themselves at risk for a wax burn. These burns can damage skin, sometimes significantly enough to leave a painful red mark behind as it heals. Laser removal means you don’t have to put yourself at risk of wax burns anymore.
After you’ve put all that work into plucking, shaving, and waxing, it’s only a matter of time before the dreaded stubble returns. In most cases that arrival doesn’t take very long, so there’s a limited window of time to enjoy smooth skin before you start to notice a texture change. Hair removal with a laser takes stubble out of the picture.
This treatment is meant to be ruthless to your hair follicles, but safe and gentle on your skin. All you have to do is tell us exactly where you want treatment, and we’ll use our handheld device to specifically target the area of your choosing.
Ready To Say Goodbye to Unwanted Hair?
Our experience and our drive to offer the best possible results is at the heart of everything we do. We’d be happy to talk to you about whether this treatment could be a good fit for your needs. Reach out to us at Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX, today to get a consultation set up with our friendly staff.