Unwanted hair can be a constant annoyance. Shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams are all temporary solutions with accompanying problems, such as razor burn and pain, not to mention the need to constantly keep on top of new hair growth. There is a longer-lasting solution available, however. Dr. Melda Issac offers laser hair removal in Washington, DC at the MI Skin Dermatology Center.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can actually stop hair from growing by destroying individual hair follicles. It is a noninvasive light therapy designed to eliminate unwanted hair from almost any part of the body. While it does take multiple sessions for full results, this is one of the most effective solutions available for hair removal. It can be used for legs, underarms, back, even the sensitive bikini area.
How does this treatment work?
At MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington, DC, our laser hair removal patients are treated to eitherthe Gentle Lase and Gentle Nd Yag laser systems, which are long-pulse alexandrite and Nd:YAG lasers. These lasers emit gentle beams of light which are absorbed by individual hair follicles. This laser energy destroys the hair follicles while leaving the surrounding skin untouched. This treatment has been proven to be safe and effective for most skin types, and generally requires no downtime.
Depending on the amount of hair to be removed, as well as your skin color, hair color, and hair coarseness, the number of treatments will vary. Treatments need to done at certain stages of the hair growth cycle in order to slow further hair growth effectively. During your consultation and throughout the hair removal process, Dr. Isaac and her highly trained staff will assess your hair growth and determine the best times to perform each treatment for the best results.
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Who is a candidate for treatment?
Anyone with suitably dark hair can be a candidate for treatment, although unfortunately light blonde, red, or grey hair cannot be currently treated due to the similarity in tone between the hair follicle and the skin. The more similar the hair color to the skin, the more difficult the procedure will be. Light skin and dark hair is the best combination for optimal effectiveness. Dr. Isaac will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for laser hair removal.
What is treatment like?
Treatment is a relatively quick and pain-free procedure for most people. Small areas to be treated can take only fifteen to twenty minutes, while larger areas such as the back may take over an hour. Many patients liken the sensation of the laser to that of a rubber band being snapped on the skin. Topical numbing creams can be applied if you are worried about the pain level.
Side effects of laser removal are generally minor, and may include redness, swelling, or itching around the area treated. These will usually disappear on their own within a few days. Temporary lightening or darkening of the skin may occur, but permanent changes in skin pigmentation are extremely rare. After a Washington, DC laser hair removal treatment, you should feel free to resume your daily activities immediately, although you should avoid sun exposure or tanning between sessions.
For more information on removing body hair, visit WebMD.com.
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If you have areas of unwanted hair that you would like to treat in a more effective manner, laser hair removal may be appropriate for you. To find out more information for removing body hair, set up your appointment with Dr. Isaac by calling (202) 393-SKIN (7546) or requesting a consultation online.
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