Unwanted hair ranges from a nuisance to an embarrassment, yet there’s no reason to endure this, as permanent hair removal using lasers is one of the most common laser procedures done today. The Herschthal Practice, serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, FL, regularly performs this popular treatment for both men and women.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
A property of laser light is that, when absorbed, it heats up the substance that absorbs it. In the case of hair removal, heating the hair follicle causes damage, which prevents the follicle from growing another hair. Tuning a laser so that it targets the coloring pigment in the follicle – melanin – proves to be an effective way to heat the follicle, killing its ability to grow hair. Controlled application of laser light targets areas with unwanted hair, leaving surrounding areas untouched. Laser hair removal suits nearly any place on the body, except around the eyes.
How Long Are Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
A treatment session depends on the part of the body being treated. Small regions, such as on the face or underarms, may take as little as five minutes while larger areas, including the legs or back, take longer.
Does One Laser Hair Removal Visit Remove Hair Permanently?
No, not all follicles respond to a single treatment. To effectively remove hair from a location, expect about six visits, each one month apart. Hair grows in cycles and treatments have the greatest effect during the growing phase of the follicle. These cycles aren’t synchronized so not all follicles are vulnerable at the time of treatment.
As for permanence, results vary from patient to patient. In some cases, hair won’t respond to the laser, while in others, new hair follicles may grow.
How Do I Prepare for a Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
Laser hair removal is different from other hair removal methods. For waxing and other treatments, growing hair out usually benefits the process. Cleaning and shaving of the treatment area provides the best results for laser procedures. Avoid waxing, electrolysis, and plucking for six weeks prior to laser treatment. Other hair removal methods temporarily remove hair roots, which are the target for the laser. Without a hair root, no light absorbs to create the heat necessary for follicle treatment. Avoid tanning for six weeks before laser treatment as well, as this can lead to hyperpigmentation.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost in Boca Raton, FL?
The cost of your laser hair removal treatment will depend on a few factors, including which area(s) are treated and the number of sessions needed to achieve the desired results. During your consultation at The Herschthal Practice, Dr. David Herschthal or Dr. Jordana Herschthal will assess your cosmetic goals in order to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs. At this point, we will be able to provide you with the exact cost of treatment. To help keep our treatments both affordable and accessible, we accept all major credit cards as well as financing through CareCredit®.
If you’re sick of dealing with razors, waxing and unwanted hair, consider laser hair removal! To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact our practice today. We proudly serve patients in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and the neighboring areas in South Florida.