Dr. Paul L. Leong, MD

It's Your Face, Trust it to a Specialist

Why You are Going to Love Your Laser Hair Removal

August 9, 2017

Did you know that women spend more than seventy days shaving over the course of a lifetime which is approximately 1,700 hours? On top of that women spend many thousands dollars on razors throughout their lifetime. Both men and women waste much of their time shaving on a daily basis.

There are many options when it comes to removing unwanted hair; shaving (which is the most common), waxing, tweezing, and laser hair removal. Although none of these options are completely permanent, through a series of treatments, laser hair removal will not only reduce the amount of hair, but it will also help reduce the thickness and dark pigment of your hair. It is close to impossible to kill every hair follicle in the areas being treated, but once the follicle is effectively treated, the hair will not grow back – in some cases for many years. The laser (or intense pulsed light device) only effectively addresses hairs in active growth phase, so it’s critical for the patient to have a series of appropriately spaced treatments.

Most people require at least six sessions of laser hair removal to see results as well as some annual maintenance sessions. Treatment plans are customized for each person base on their skin pigment, hair pigment, and thickness of hair. People with darker skin require more treatments but with a lower heat setting to avoid burning.

Just about any cosmetic procedure comes with risks and side effects, however, the risks are minimal in the hands of the right licensed specialist using the appropriate device performed at the proper settings. These risks include burning, scarring, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or paradoxical hair growth which results in darker and thicker hair. It is very important to research the provider you choose to perform your laser hair removal to verify that they are credentialed.  In addition to laser hair removal our Pittsburgh area offices offer an array of other laser treatments included: photofacial, laser skin resurfacing, acne scar treatment, and Ultherapy.  Please feel free to contact one of our patient care coordinators today to discuss your goals.

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