Shaving, waxing or plucking can be tedious and painful. Many patients choose laser hair reduction for more permanent results. This treatment can permanently reduce or remove hair in areas like the legs, underarms, chest or back. Patients in the Poulsbo, Washington area can schedule an appointment at West Sound Dermatology for effective laser hair reduction.
The Laser Hair Reduction Procedure
Laser hair removal is completed in our office, and appointments typically take no more than about 30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. You will likely receive a numbing or cooling topical treatment prior to your treatment. The laser is then directed to the treatment area, causing a warming or pinprick sensation. The laser will target and heat pigmented cells within the hair follicles, damaging them in the process.
Laser hair reduction requires multiple treatment sessions. This is because the treatment addresses hairs in the anagen phase of the growth cycle, meaning not all hairs in the area will be targeted in a single session. Most patients require six total treatment sessions.
Good Candidates for Laser Hair Reduction
In most cases, the best candidates for laser hair reduction have dark hair and light skin. This is because the laser targets pigmentation in the hair follicle. Those with darker skin tones risk damage to the skin as a result. Some advanced laser systems may be suitable for a wider range of patients, so a consultation with an expert provider is necessary.
Who is a good candidate for laser hair reduction?
The best candidates for hair removal are those who have pale skin and dark hair. People of all ethnicities can be treated with the correct laser and require a lower setting.
Is there downtime with laser hair reduction?
No, Most people experience some mild redness and swelling which usually resolve within an hour. We do recommend that you avoid exercise and hot tubs for 24hrs.
How may treatments will I need?
That depends on the area of the body you are treating. The face on average requires 6-8 treatments and the bikini area on average is 8-10 treatments. Your provider will give you a recommendation based on your specific needs.
How long will the results last?
Most patients will remain hair free for several months or years. Some people will need maintenance laser hair treatments.