Unwanted hair is a common problem, for both men and women. Frequent hair removal tasks including shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time-consuming, inconvenient and often painful. At best, these methods offer only temporary results. Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted facial and body hair and feel your best. Laser technology has brought residents of Columbia, Lexington and nearby areas of South Carolina, a permanent solution to remove unwanted hair, leaving skin feeling smooth and healthy.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal gives you effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body including the face, legs, back, underarms or bikini line. Treatments are quick and easy, letting you get back to your everyday activities. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is the 3rd most performed non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the U.S. At Plastic Surgery Consultants, we can help you get to the root of the problem with our state-of-the-art Icon™ system.
What Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Treat?
Our Icon™ technology can remove hair from almost anywhere on the body including the face, back, chest, arms, underarms, bikini, and legs.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Icon™ can be safely used on most skin types. It is most effective on individuals with dark hair. Candidates with very light or gray hair are not ideal. However, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors during your free consultation.
Can Laser Hair Removal Get Rid of All of My Unwanted Hair?
Hair follicles are continually cycling through three phases: anagen or growth phase, catagen or transitional phase, and telogen or resting phase. Hair is most susceptible to this treatment while in the anagen phase. Because of this timing, it’s not possible for any laser treatment to achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments should be administered for maximum results.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Laser hair removal is permanent. After treatment, the hair follicles within the anagen phase that were damaged are permanently unable to produce new hairs or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.
What Will Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?
Most people feel only a slight momentary “snap” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Since your hair grows in 3 stages, several treatments are needed to affect all of the unwanted hair. The number of treatments can vary between individuals, depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color and hair coarseness. Typically, 4 – 6 treatments are needed, but this will depend on a number of factors including your type of hair. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your consultation.
How Far Apart are Treatment Sessions?
It depends on which area is being treated. In general, the face, underarms, arms, and bikini are about 4-6 weeks apart. The back, chest, and legs are about 8-10 weeks apart.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The device emits powerful light energy that targets and heats hair follicles. After the treatment, the follicles are damaged and permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.
Can I Shave In Between Sessions?
Yes. In fact, the area needs to be freshly shaved before your treatment session. You may shave the area the day before the treatment or the day of the treatment before coming in for your session. You should not wax or pluck the hairs between treatments or use Nair. The bulb of the hair follicle is what is targeted for illimination so that the hair does not grow back.
How Quickly Will I Recover from Laser Hair Removal?
You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects from Laser Hair Removal?
Typically, most people experience a mild, sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by some minor redness and/or swelling immediately following the treatment. This usually lasts 2-24 hours. Ask your provider to discuss other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you.
For more information on laser hair removal, please contact us today. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Wassermann can help determine if this treatment is appropriate for you. Our practice proudly serves individuals residing in Columbia, Lexington and neighboring communities in South Carolina.