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Laser Hair Removal

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is perfect for individuals seeking an alternative to temporary and frequently uncomfortable hair removal techniques such as plucking, shaving, waxing, sugaring, depilatories, epilators, or electrolysis, laser hair removal offers a long-lasting solution.

Advances in laser technology allow dermatologists to remove unwanted body hair safely and effectively. However, laser hair removal does require a series of treatments to be most effective. This is because hair grows in cycles. For laser hair removal to succeed, the treated hair must be in active growth. But not all hair is in the growth phase at the same time. For this reason, multiple treatments spaced four weeks apart are necessary to achieve hair-free results. To sustain results, annual maintenance treatments are recommended.

Laser hair removal works best for people with dark hair and light skin because the laser targets the pigment or melanin in the hair. Melanin is the pigment that gives hair its color. However, newer lasers can safely and effectively remove unwanted hair in people with all skin tones and lighter hair colors.

The best way to ensure you are a good candidate is to schedule a consultation at Bliss Dermatology. Certain medications can cause adverse side effects, so tell your dermatologist about all your medicines and your medical history. If you suffer from cold sores, you may be prescribed medication to prevent a flare. In addition, you will receive complete pretreatment instructions to help you achieve optimum results. 

Before your laser hair removal treatments, the area(s) to be treated will be cleaned and numbed (if desired). It can take a half hour or more for the numbing cream to work. You will wear protective eye gear during the procedure. The hand-held laser will be applied to the skin, and you will feel a quick snapping like a rubber band or warm pinpricks while the laser is activated.

You can expect the treated hair will fall out within 10-14 days. Gentle exfoliation of the treated area 10 days after treatment can help remove hair. After treatment your skin will be sensitive and must be protected from the sun. You may have some temporary redness and swelling in the treated area.

After the prescribed number of treatments, you will see up to 90% improvement in the area and may remain hair free for months to come. However, you can expect hair regrowth. When it does regrow, there will be less hair, and the hair will be lighter and finer.

Schedule a dermatology consultation today.

Bliss Dermatology has the latest cosmetic dermatology devices and lasers to provide you with the best care available. Led by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Pennie, you can be confident that you’re receiving industry-leading care. Bliss Dermatology has two offices in Venice, and Englewood, Florida. We see patients throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida and look forward to helping you get rid of unwanted hair.

At a Glance

Michelle Pennie, MD

  • Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon
  • Founder and Lead Dermatologist of Bliss Dermatology
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