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Permanent Facial Hair Remover for Mens

Permanently / March 24, 2019

Trust the Omaha Laser Hair Removal Experts

Unwanted hair can be removed from any part of the body in a number of ways, but laser hair removal is easy, generally pain-free, and lasts longer than other methods of hair removal.

Get rid of unwanted hair on the legs, underarms, face, or back.

How does laser hair removal work?

Before and after Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a longer-term hair removal method using lasers.

At Skin Specialists, we use lasers (a beam of concentrated light) to penetrate into the hair follicle and destroy the hair within the follicle. The laser light creates an intense beam of heat that is attracted by the dark hair in the hair follicle. The light destroys the darker hair.

For people with lighter colored hair or gray hair, lasers generally do not work. The hair just doesn't have enough pigment to be affected by the laser.

In general, laser hair removal works best for men and women who have dark hair on lighter skin, but we are seeing newer techniques that can provide good results for people with darker skin as well.

Which areas can be improved with laser hair removal?

We treat patients with laser hair removal on just about anywhere on the body hair grows. Most often, we assist with hair removal on the upper lip and chin for women. Other areas include the bikini area, legs, underarms, face, and back (many men find this helpful).

Some regrowth may occur, so periodic touch-ups may be needed after a series of laser hair removal procedures.

Laser Hair Removal Before and After Photos

  • Before and after Laser Hair Removal

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Contact Skin Specialists in Omaha, Nebraska for an evaluation for treatment of your skin condition.

What you need to know before the procedure? And how long does laser hair removal last?

Most patients require a series of 5 to 7 laser hair removal treatments spaced out over time with about 8 to 12 weeks in between sessions to catch the growth cycle of unwanted hair. Hair grows at different rates on different parts of the body. In general, facial hair grows faster.

The cost of laser hair removal depends on the size of the area being treated. Different areas may be treated during one session.

Certain medications can affect the outcome of laser hair removal, so it is important that the doctor has your full medical history and knows all the prescription medications you may be taking.

Antibiotics, for example, may cause your skin to be sensitive to light, but typically we will still perform treatments. You should tell us, however, if you are on antibiotics or Retin-A.

If you have a dark tan or have used artificial tanning products, your darkened skin may be too sensitive for laser hair removal. The laser is adjusted to your normal skin color.

Hair needs to be shaved. Refrain from plucking or waxing for a few weeks before a treatment. You want hair to be growing in the shaft, where it will be zapped by the laser. Shaving is permissible because it does not remove hair below the skin surface.

A Laser Hair Removal procedure

You will recline comfortably in an examination chair. Depending on the area to be treated, you may need to change into a gown.

Before and after Laser Hair RemovalYou will need to wear goggles or glasses during the treatments.

Dr. Schlessinger or his PA will apply the laser head to your skin during the procedure. The laser device delivers quick pulses of energy that target dark hair follicles. You may even smell a slight burning odor, which is the hair actually being zapped. They will then move the laser device over the area to be treated.

Everyone has a different comfort level with pain, and some patients feel some discomfort during the laser hair removal process. Many people describe the sensation feeling as if a rubber band is snapping the skin. The light pulse is quick. You may feel different sensations depending on the area you are having treated too. Certainly some parts of the body are more sensitive than others.

At Skin Specialists we welcome you to discuss your pain tolerance. Although we think you won't have to worry about pain, you might try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before your treatment (or after), icing the affected area after the treatment or other relaxation techniques. If you do feel uncomfortable during the quick procedure, you may stop at any time.

You will be surprised at how quickly you feel no discomfort after the treatment.

What happens after the procedure?

After your laser hair removal treatment, the area treated may have slight redness or feel irritated for a day or two—almost like a slight sunburn. Some people develop small bumps around the hair follicles.

The treated area may be soothed with aloe vera gel in the office before you leave. At home, you might reapply a soothing gel or cool ice pack.

Always wear sunscreen, but you will especially want to keep treated areas fully protected.

Hair in the treated areas will begin to fall out. This is normal and of course the result you wanted. You may use your normal moisturizer daily.

Between laser hair removal treatments, we suggest that you only shave. Don't pluck or wax, but if you wish to do so that is your option. Then the hair will be in the follicle and ready for the next treatment to remove it.

What are possible side effects?

At Skin Specialists in Omaha, Nebraska, we know the type of laser to use for your skin type, avoiding most side effects. Occasionally, however, it is possible to have a slight burn or blister. In our hands, this is quite rare, however.

As your Omaha laser hair removal experts, we have a number of different lasers to choose from, and we know which will work best for you and your skin type and area to be addressed.

Minor skin irritation can occur, but this is transient and lasts only a short time.

Who is a candidate?

Men and women with coarse, dark hair get much better results with laser hair removal treatments than patients with blonde, red, or gray hair. Fine (peach fuzz) hair also does not respond well to lasers.

What is the best method for hair removal?

While I think laser hair removal is optimal, it can't be done on some men and women with white or blonde hair, so electrolysis or waxing still plays a role. The same goes for "peach fuzz, " which is best addressed by waxing.

Source: www.lovelyskin.com