A Laser Treatment Is the Ideal Hair-Reduction Technique

Published on December 27, 2017

Unwanted hair is a common issue that is prevalent in men and women of all ages. There are plenty of ways to resolve this, like shaving, waxing, and plucking, but all of these are only temporary solutions that can become tiresome eventually and in certain cases uncomfortable as well. People with darker skin or curly hair sometimes find it difficult to get rid of unwanted hair because of ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Repeated hair trimming can damage the hair follicles internally, which can lead to hyperpigmentation.

Laser hair reduction at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery avoids numerous issues associates with other methods of hair removal. You gain a lot from this treatment by saving money and time in the long run, and you can achieve smoother skin without any ingrown hair and razor bumps. It is also a longer-lasting option.

How Does the Treatment Work?

People often worry about the effects of lasers on their skin, but a better understanding of how laser hair reduction works typically alleviates their concerns. During laser hair-reduction treatment from Dr. Mirwat Sami, a highly concentrated beam of light is produced, usually by a handheld device. The hair follicles contain a pigment called melanin; the laser light is absorbed readily by this pigment.

The laser pulses for a very small fraction of a second, which generates sufficient heat and damages the follicular epithelium in a controlled manner. The damage results in delayed growth of hair and begins the reduction process in the follicle. The choice of device and wavelength to be used can vary depending on the patient’s hair color and diameter and their skin color. The laser works on hundreds of hair follicles at once.

The device that creates the laser beam has certain unique components that actively protect the skin surface during the time the hair is being irradiated. Patients might feel a mild tingling sensation during the time the laser is being beamed onto the hair follicles, which is not unbearable and can be easily tolerated. Topical skin cream may be used as an anesthetic in certain cases if need be.

How Should I Prepare?

For best results, it is recommended that you stop using any hair-removal gels or creams a few days before your treatment from Dr. Mirwat Sami at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. Other hair-reduction methods like tweezing or bleaching must be refrained from. A patch test is performed on the area where the treatment is going to be done; this reveals the optimal temperature of your skin and also assesses skin sensitivity.

The area where hair reduction is to be done is thoroughly examined, and a laser is then chosen based on the individual’s unique attributes. The treatment sessions take place across four to eight weeks in order to target hair in different stages of growth.

What to Expect After the Treatment

Laser hair reduction treatment from Dr. Mirwat Sami is a quick and permanent solution for hair reduction, so enjoy the convenience and hygiene with minimum maintenance. Since the treatment works internally, there are no rashes or marks left behind by the laser.

Contact Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

Planning a visit to Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery for laser hair reduction? If so, it’s time to contact our office and schedule a consultation. Dr. Mirwat Sami, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, will be available to speak with you about the wide variety of aesthetic and functional procedures we offer.

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