Laser Hair Removal: You'll Wonder Why You Waited So Long

Even though it’s winter and you’re often in your pajamas all day due to COVID-19, you’re likely thinking about spring and summer and dreaming of being outside. That means lots of arms and legs in shorts and swimsuits. As a woman, one of your never-ending tasks is shaving your legs, your underarms, and your bikini line. 

Unwanted hair is a bane to both sexes. If you’re a man and your nickname is “Bear” because your shoulders and back look like a grizzly, you’re wishing for smooth skin without that hair. 

If you want to be done with shaving and waxing once and for all, laser hair removal is your answer. Once you see your smooth, silky legs day after day with no need for a razor or wax, you’ll wonder why you waited so long. And men will no longer need to feel self-conscious when taking off a shirt to swim or get a tan. 

You should always look to a board-certified physician for any medical-grade cosmetic procedure, and that includes laser hair removal. Dr. Jeff Angobaldo, board-certified plastic surgeon with Renaissance Plastic Surgery, PLLC, in Plano, Texas, performs laser hair removal for many satisfied patients. 

Where can laser hair removal be performed? 

Laser hair removal can be done on almost any part of the body except eyelids and the delicate area under the eyebrows. The most common laser hair removal procedures include work on the following areas: 

What happens during laser hair removal?

Dr. Angobaldo uses a handheld device with a laser for the procedure. The beam of laser light moves through the surface of your skin to reach your hair follicles. The laser’s heat attracts the pigment in the hair follicles. The heat energy from the laser then destroys the follicles’ ability to produce hair

Don’t worry about the heat. Dr. Angobaldo uses a laser with a cooling device or a cool gel to ensure your skin is protected from the laser’s powerful heat energy. 

Does laser hair removal hurt? 

Some patients describe the feeling as the snapping of a rubber band against your skin or a series of pinpricks. You’ll sense a cool feeling from the gel or the device. 

Does laser hair removal work on all skin and hair colors?

Dr. Angobaldo advises you whether laser hair removal will work well for you. If you have light skin and darker hair, laser hair removal is going to work well for you. White or gray hair doesn’t have as much pigment to absorb the laser’s light beam, so the procedure may not be advisable in that case. Dark hair on dark skin requires specific types of lasers. 

How many laser sessions will I need to remove unwanted hair?

The number of sessions varies with the area of the body treated. Normally, you’ll need at least three to six sessions based on which area we’re treating. The sessions are often four to eight weeks apart because your hair grows in cycles, not all at the same time. You may need periodic maintenance as the years go by, but by and large, you’ll be done with unwanted hair. 

After laser hair removal

Aside from the length of time between laser hair removal sessions, another reason to start your treatments now: You’ll need to avoid the sun after them. Don’t try to get a tan, and use sunscreen daily even if it’s just a trip to the store. That’s why winter is the perfect time to start your series of laser hair removal sessions. Be sure to follow all of Dr. Angobaldo’s post-procedure instructions. 

Call or message Renaissance Plastic Surgery today to start your laser hair removal sessions and be free of shaving and waxing this summer. 

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