Are you tired of razor burn and the pain of waxing to remove unwanted hair? Laser hair removal can give you freedom from constant shaving and waxing. At Evan Ransom, MD, we offer our patients laser treatments for hair removal that can leave the skin smooth and hair-free for years to come.
Laser hair removal uses laser light to target the follicles of unwanted hair, destroying the pigment that allows hair growth. Each individual follicle is destroyed, stopping the hair growth cycle. For those who constantly shave or wax their legs, chest, underarms, or other body areas, this can be a relief from this tedious process. No more stubble, razor burn, or irritated skin from waxing; just beautiful, hairless skin that is ready to be seen any time of year without preparation.
Hair growth happens in cycles. When laser hair removal is performed, it will destroy the active hair follicles. However, this is usually only about a quarter of the total follicles located in an area. For complete hair removal, four separate sessions about a month apart are usually needed to target all follicles in their active cycle.
While many places offer laser hair removal, it is important to understand that different lasers accomplish different results. Dr. Evan Ransom and our team have invested in a two-laser procedure for our hair removal procedure to target both light and dark hair types. We use MaxY and MaxR lasers to give our patients the best results, regardless of their hair type. Other laser removal services may only use one laser for limited results.
If you are ready to experience long-term smooth, hairless skin, contact Evan Ransom, MD today. Come in for a consultation to learn more about our laser hair removal services to finally be free from waxing and shaving.
Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser hair removal targets individual hair follicles with laser light to destroy them and make them unable to continue hair production. The laser sends highly heated laser light directly into the follicle, which agitates the pigment and causes it to shatter into countless tiny pieces. The hair follicle itself is destroyed while the pigment travels into the body for natural elimination.
Multiple sessions are needed to fully address the hair in a given area, but the number of sessions depends on several factors including the size of the area and the type of hair. Because laser hair removal only destroys hair when it’s actively growing, multiple sessions are required to get the hair in all of its cycles. At any given time, around 1/4 of the hair in the target area can be removed, so most people need 4 appointments or more to get the desired results. Appointments are usually planned a month or more apart, which allows the next cycle of hair to enter its active growth phase.
There’s no downtime needed after laser hair removal at all. Patients can return to their regular routine as soon as the laser hair removal is complete. Most people do have some minor redness and tenderness in the treatment area, similar to a very mild sunburn. Aloe vera gels can be used to soothe the irritated skin, and if patients suffer from mild itching after treatment hydrocortisone can also be applied topically. Whenever patients go outside, a high-quality sunblock should be used to protect the skin, especially in the area recently treated with laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal provides long-term reduction of hair in the treated area, so it’s considered a permanent treatment. Patients need to be aware that in rare cases, factors like hormone surges may cause new hair to grow. In situations like that, a touch-up session can resolve any new hair growth.