You can remove unwanted hair forever through the use of specialized lasers in the hands of an experienced, skilled, Board Certified dermatologist at Brandon Dermatology. Unwanted hair can be removed from any part of the body using specific lasers that are matched to the color of hair being treated and the underlying skin. This procedure produces excellent results.
When hair is removed by laser, the energized light of the laser heats is absorbed by the color in the hair, thereby causing a heat reaction in the follicle.
During the procedure, a laser is selected that is carefully matched to the color of the hair being removed as well as that of the underlying skin. This laser is used to heat the hair and deaden the follicle, which causes a sensation similar in intensity to hair waxing. The first session is usually the most intense because it removes the darkest and thickest hairs, but the discomfort varies widely based on the individual. Numbing creams can be administered by the doctor before the procedure is performed, but the patient should not apply generous amounts of any numbing cream prior to the procedure.
The whole procedure normally takes place over a series of three to five six visits spaced one to two months apart, and when the series of treatments is over, maintenance treatments are often needed. The frequency of these depends on the individual, but can be annual or longer.
After the first treatment, some of the treated hair will be gone immediately. Some of that hair may grow back and other hair, which was not growing at the time, might appear. This is why a series of treatments are needed, although their number depends on the patient’s unique characteristics.
Those with darker skin, or persons of color, require expert treatment such as we provide at Brandon Dermatology because the laser cannot as easily distinguish between the dark hair and the color of the skin. Since the laser’s intensity will be absorbed by dark colors, careful attention to the type of laser used and its intensity requires special handling. While we have the skill and experience necessary, not everyone who offers laser hair removal does.
All treatments will be performed by a Board Certified Dermatologist who is trained to recognize the risks associated with laser hair removal. This allows for more successful results with fewer risks.