Laser hair removal
Want to quit shaving and waxing? Laser hair removal makes that possible! Novant Health Appel Plastic Surgery offers laser hair removal in Charlotte with a safe but powerful medical-grade laser. The procedure can remove hair on the:
- Along bikini lines
Call 704-316-5025 to schedule your laser hair removal appointment with Jennifer Little, PA-C, today!
How does laser hair removal work? How long does laser hair removal take?
Laser hair removal works by beaming laser light into hair follicles. When pigment in the follicles absorbs the light, the hair is destroyed. Laser hair removal typically works best on darker hair since more light-absorbing pigment is present. This also makes it possible to remove hair without damaging the surrounding skin.
Laser hair removal on small areas like the upper lip takes just seconds, while larger areas like the legs will take longer. It requires six to eight treatments of the same area to be effective. Treatments are most effective when scheduled no more than four to six weeks apart from each other.
How do I prepare for laser hair removal? Can I shave, pluck or wax before laser hair removal?
It is best not to pluck or wax for four to six weeks before laser hair removal. This is because plucking or waxing removes the root of the hair so that root cannot be targeted by the laser. You will need to stop shaving at least a week before laser hair removal so there is enough hair above the skin for the laser to detect.
What does laser hair removal feel like? What is recovery after laser hair removal like?
In most cases, laser hair removal causes only minor and temporary discomfort. Patients are numbed with a topical ointment to reduce most of the discomfort. Some people describe the laser pulses as feeling like getting pinged with a very small rubber band. After laser hair removal, the treated area might feel like it's sunburned. You might be given cold packs or anti-inflammatory creams to ease any discomfort. Blisters, swelling, redness and scarring are very rare side effects.
Don't forget the sunscreen!
Sunscreen is important every day, but it is especially important before and after laser hair removal. You should avoid sun exposure as much as possible for at least six weeks before and after laser hair removal, and wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect you from the exposure you can't avoid.
Sun exposure before laser hair removal makes the procedure less effective by lightening hair and damaging skin. Sun exposure after laser hair removal makes complications and adverse side effects more likely.
Ask our registered esthetician, Alyson Lowe, about the perfect sun protection for you!