Everything to Know about Laser Hair Removal: Dr Ted Lain Dermatology

Posted by | June 09, 2017 | Laser Hair Removal | No Comments

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Razors, shaving cream, aftershave, wax, wax strips, tweezers, electric razors…the list goes on and on with supplies you spend money on year after year to maintain silky, smooth, hairless skin. There are thousand of brands and products calling out to you every shopping trip and the average consumer spends thousands of dollars in their lifetime on these products alone. That doesn’t even count the time you spend to painstakingly pluck, shave and wax these hairs away. Your life is busy and if you had the opportunity to save this time and over the course of your life spend less on hair removal, why wouldn’t you select laser hair removal? It is the best choice for long term hair removal, but you might be on the fence still. Let Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology ease your mind of any worries and concerns you have concerning Austin laser hair removal.

Is laser hair removal better than waxing?

Yes, the answer is definitely YES! If you are a die hard waxer, there are so many reasons why laser hair removal is better than waxing.

First, laser hair removal is permanent. Think of how much time you will save driving to your esthetician’s office or heating up your own wax. Once you have finished all your laser hair treatments, you never need to think about waxing again!
Second, it’s safer. If you are a self waxer, think of how many times you have burned yourself or seen your skin a day later to see angry, red, rashy skin. You will never have to go through this again.
Third, laser hair removal is gentler. Pouring hot wax on sensitive skin and ripping hair out by the root over and over is hard on your skin. It can damage pores, irritate the top layer of your skin and you will experience infinitely fewer ingrown hairs over your lifetime.
And last, laser hair removal is cheaper. If you spend $75 on a Brazillian wax every 6 weeks, that amounts to $13,000 over the course of 20 years. Laser hair removal is a tiny fraction of that cost! Have we convinced you yet? Laser hair removal is—hands down—the better option of the two.

How exactly does the laser work?

When you go into your laser hair removal treatment, the dermatologist uses a device that concentrates a beam of light at the hair follicle. It damages the follicle so it cannot absorb the pigment and thus retards any future growth. Though laser hair removal is very effective, some follow up treatments may be necessary if follicles happen to repair themselves.

Which areas can be laser treated?

Pretty much anywhere hair grows, we can perform laser hair removal. This includes your face, arms, legs, bikini area, back, underarms and neck.

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

Yes and no. Laser hair removal works best on darker hair as it destroys the pigment in the follicle. Blonde, grey and red hair is the hardest to remove but with stronger lights and more treatments, it is possible as long as your skin can tolerate it. The most reactive combination is light skin with dark hair.

What is the recovery time post treatment?

The greatest thing about laser hair removal is that there is none! Some patients may experience redness, tenderness and swelling, this is usually mild and diminishes well with a topical cortisone cream or cool compress. In the first 24 hours, it is advised to stay away from hot tubs, hot baths or prolonged sun exposure. If you are in the sun, a sunscreen with an SPF over 50 is recommended.

Where should I go for laser hair removal?

While laser hair removal is extremely safe, if used by someone without the proper training and experience, it can be dangerous. Only a licensed physician, dermatologist or practitioner should administer laser hair removal treatments. For the best, most experienced Austin laser hair removal you can find, trust Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology. Our staff have many years of experience and will make you feel completely comfortable. If you have lighter skin tones, the Intense Pulse Light technology works wonders and the Nd:Yag laser benefits our patients with darker skin. Your initial consultation will help us determine the most effective treatments and plan for your skin type. Most areas of the body will require a package consisting of 6 treatments, each separated by 4-6 weeks. Areas of thicker, coarser hair tend to respond faster than thinner, lighter hair. We tailor your treatment to your individual skin and hair type. You can expect great results from your Austin laser hair removal specialists at Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology. Call us today!

Steiner Ranch Dermatology
4300 N Quinlan Park Road Suite 225
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-0007