What is Laser Hair Removal?
Hair removal with a laser is one of the most common cosmetic treatments in America. This effective treatment is a long-term solution for unwanted hair on the face and body. Compared to other standard hair removal options, laser hair removal leaves the skin feeling and looking smoother while providing longer-lasting results. Dr. Madeliene Elaine Gainers at Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD performs effective and safe laser hair removal services for both men and women. Typically, we perform it on areas, like the arms, back, legs, face, chest, and intimate regions.
Is Laser Hair Removal For You?
Hair removal with a laser is a safe process that works well for many people. During your consultation, we will talk about your concerns, needs, and goals to decide if you should undergo the procedure. Ideal patients for laser hair removal treatments:
- Want to reduce hair on their face or body
- Want to stop using other techniques for hair removal (waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, bleaching)
- Have light skin and dark hair
- Maintain good, overall health
Our Laser Hair Removal Technique
On the day of your laser hair removal appointment, we will ask you to relax in one of our treatment chairs. Next, we clean the skin to eliminate dirt, oil, and lotions. During laser hair removal, a team member will smooth out the skin to provide a direct path between the laser and the hair follicle root. The energy from the laser will focus on the hair follicle, which stops it from growing again. Multiple treatment sessions are needed to achieve your best results. We space out your sessions to give the treated areas time to recover. It also allows time for follicles in the dormant phase to change to the active growth phase so we can target them. The revolutionary laser hair removal technology only targets the hair follicle and preserves the skin near the treatment area.
What to Expect
While the procedure is mostly gentle, your skin may look like it has a light sunburn near the treatment area. After your session, you can resume all normal activities, but you should avoid strenuous activity or lengthy exposure to the sun for at least 24 hours. This will allow the treated areas to heal properly. When you get home after your appointment, we suggest using anti-inflammatory creams or applying ice packs to reduce discomfort.
Laser hair removal FAQs
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal depends on the treatment area, the size, and how many appointments you need to achieve your results. To assess laser hair removal costs, think of the time and energy you currently spend on shaving, waxing, or other temporary methods. In the long-run, laser hair removal is usually cheaper, and ultimately, can save you time and energy. Your technician will create a personalized treatment plan for you with the number of sessions we suggest and costs.
Why do I need multiple laser hair removal sessions?
Hair growth happens in phases. When some follicles grow, others remain dormant. Because every follicle grows in a different stage, you typically need multiple treatment sessions to target each hair during its active stage. Scheduling your sessions over a few weeks can help you get effective results and smoother skin.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal can provide long-lasting improvements. While enjoying smoother legs or not having to worry about shaving more intimate areas, this treatment is technically semi-permanent because you may have dormant follicles that the laser can't reach at that time. However, many patients find that their hair goes away after finishing their allotted amount of sessions. Sometimes, you have stray hairs or new growth that appears because the dormant follicles have started to become active. If this happens, you pluck them or schedule additional appointments.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Your laser hair removal treatment may cause mild discomfort, but this procedure is not painful. Most patients feel a small snap as the laser zaps each follicle. For additional comfort, your technician can use a local anesthetic before starting your treatment. Often, when compared to waxing, many patients think laser hair removal feels more comfortable.
Which laser is best to remove hair?
There are many lasers available. At Madeliene Elaine, we offer cutting-edge hair removal technology for patients of varying hair types. The laser we invested in delivers excellent results, and we upgrade our practice as newer lasers enter the marketplace. We encourage you to ask us for more information on our system during your laser hair removal consultation.
Learn More About Laser Hair Removal
If you're tired of wasting time, money, and energy on plucking, shaving, and waxing, schedule an appointment to learn more about laser hair removal treatments at Madeliene Elaine in Chevy Chase, MD. Laser hair reduction by Dr. Gainers can help you attain smoother skin by effectively treating unwanted hair on the body and face.