If you have unwanted hair on your body, whether it’s on the face, legs, chest, back or bikini line, you’ve probably dealt with it by shaving, waxing, plucking, tweezing, or using chemical lotions and creams. And, you’ve probably been frustrated by ingrown hairs, irritation, and the constant regrowing of hair. This is why effective, long-lasting laser hair removal in The Woodlands at SGK Plastic Surgery is such a popular procedure.
What is laser hair removal?
A laser hair removal treatment removes unwanted hair on any part of the body or face, and the results last for years. The laser is applied to a targeted treatment area, where it effectively damages the hair follicles there, weakening and inhibiting future hair growth. Laser hair removal is performed in a series of treatments that greatly reduce or completely eliminate the hair, leaving the skin soft and smooth.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal provides many benefits for people who have unwanted hair.
- Short procedure time
- Less painful than waxing or some other hair removal methods
- Can be customized to remove hair precisely to achieve your desired appearance
- Can remove hair from any part of the body
- Prevents ingrown hairs
- Removes hair completely without damaging the skin
- Eliminates regrowth periods between waxing, shaving or other hair removal methods
- Lasts for years
- No downtime
- Provides hairless, smooth skin
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
Men and women who would like to effectively eliminate unwanted hair may be candidates for laser hair removal in Spring TX at SGK Plastic Surgery. Candidates should meet the following requirements:
- Do not have any current rashes, skin outbreaks or infections
- Are not pregnant
- Have not recently tanned in a tanning bed or in the sun
- Have hair dark enough to be detected by the laser
What can I expect during the procedure?
Depending on the size of your treatment area, a laser treatment can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Both legs or the back can usually be treated in about 20 minutes.
The laser hair removal procedure concentrates laser beams on the hair follicles in their growth stage, whose pigment absorbs the energy of the laser. This damages and disables the hair follicle, making it unable to grow hair.
During the following 1-2 weeks, the portion of the hair shaft that is below the skin is pushed out. You will notice hairs falling out or shedding during this time. The remaining follicle is left inactive and empty. To ensure every follicle in the treatment area is addressed by the laser during the growth stage of the hair, several treatments are required over a period of time.
Recovery after laser hair removal
Laser treatments don’t require much when it comes to recovery, which allows you to return immediately to your usual activities and daily life. Do not pluck or wax the treated area. You might have some small bumps, tenderness in the treatment area or some redness, which will fade in a few hours. It’s important to wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure, which could irritate the treated skin.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
How long do the results last?
The results are extremely long lasting. Many people consider the results permanent, but some hair growth may return after a couple of years that requires a touchup.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Most people compare the pain to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against their skin. We will apply a topical numbing cream to the area to help minimize discomfort.
Where can I have laser hair removal?
Anywhere on the body except the eyelids. Some common areas include:
- the underarms
- upper lip
- bikini area
- Brazilian (can include the labia)
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients need 3-5 treatments to destroy all the hairs in the area at the growth stage. If there is more dense hair in an area, it may require more.
Should I shave before laser hair removal?
Shave 24-48 hours before your treatment session, but do not pluck or wax the treatment area. The follicles need to have the hair roots in them in order to be properly treated.
How should I prepare for laser hair removal treatment?
Do not tan, pluck, wax or have electrolysis for about a month or so before laser hair removal. Ensure the area is clean shaven and free of any products on the day or your procedure.
What is the cost of laser hair removal?
The cost of your treatment depends on the location and size of your treatment area, and the number of treatments that are needed to fully address the area.
Why choose SGK Plastic Surgery for laser hair removal?
We revolve around you and your aesthetic needs at SGK Plastic Surgery, providing a welcoming, high-end environment in a beautiful setting. Dr. Kim and her team are known for their professionalism and warmth, and they always give individualized attention, a high standard of expertise and the best possible outcome for each patient. Don’t live with unwanted hair, painful tweezing, waxing or the hassle of shaving anymore. We are ready to service you with laser hair removal treatments in The Woodlands, Spring, and Conroe TX area customized for you at SGK Aesthetics.