Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can be an excellent choice for men and women who want a long-term solution for unwanted body hair. The laser targets the pigment in body hair to trigger a resting phase in active hair follicle and stop growth.
Dr. Richard Rand is a Seattle-based Board Certified plastic surgeon who offers nonsurgical treatments like laser hair removal as well as cosmetic surgery procedures. Along with his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rand has helped hundreds men and women bring out the best in their appearance with cosmetic treatments.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of laser hair removal, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Bellevue today for more details.
Who Can Benefit from Laser Hair Removal?
Both men and women can undergo laser hair removal and multiple body areas can be treated:
- Chest and abdomen
- Pubic areas and bikini lines
- Cleavage, chest, arms, legs, hands and toes
As long as you have some pigmentation in your body hair, you can benefit from laser hair removal. Because the laser targets pigment, this procedure is most effective on those with dark hair and light skin.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
The laser only targets active follicles; therefore, several sessions are needed to eradicate hair during all phases of growth, followed by maintenance treatments over time. To achieve satisfactory results, you have to be committed to potentially permanently removing unwanted hair. As time goes on, the interval between maintenance sessions will get longer.
Before your first treatment, Dr. Rand will meet with you to determine the areas that should be targeted for removal. A topical numbing cream can be applied beforehand to enhance comfort before applying laser energy to the treatment areas.
After Laser Hair Removal: What to Expect
Because skin around the hair follicles is impacted during treatment (to disable the follicle), it is common to experience some redness, swelling and itching after your session. Some report tingling and numbness as well, but these side effects are almost always resolved within 3 days.
Since hair grows in different stages (phases), you will want to schedule a series of treatments to enjoy the optimal benefit from laser hair removal. You’ll notice that once you’ve had several treatments, hair in those areas is reduced in both thickness and in amount for a long period of time.
If you’re interested in laser hair removal, contact us today at our Bellevue office for more information, or to request a consultation with Dr. Rand.