The problem with shaving and other hair removal strategies that cut or pull out unwanted hairs is repetition. Keeping skin smooth and bare requires frequent—even daily—maintenance, and the cost of doing so can add up over one’s lifetime. Laser hair removal at the Denver area’s AboutSkin Dermatology solves this problem by targeting the follicles that produce the hairs instead of the hairs themselves. This leads to long-lasting results.
Laser hair removal involves a specialized device delivering focused energy into the target area. This energy selectively targets pigmented cells, which are most concentrated in the hair follicle. The energy generated is significant enough to damage the follicle and thus disrupt the natural hair-growing process, but not damage surrounding skin.
This strategy only works on follicles that are actively growing hairs at the time of the treatment, so it may take six to eight or even more sessions to sufficiently clear an area of unwanted hair.
Note that laser hair removal works best on dark hairs growing from light skin. More contrast means more energy absorbed by the pigmented follicles, as opposed to surrounding cells.
Anyone considering laser hair removal will first have a consultation with a member of the AboutSkin Dermatology team to establish goals and then develop a treatment plan.
The duration of a laser hair removal session will depend on the size and number of treatment areas, as well as other variables.
The sensation of the laser hair removal device working has been likened to a rubber band snapping against the skin: sharp, but brief and easily tolerated. Patients with concerns about the sensations they will experience can discuss comfort options prior to the session start.
Once damaged, a follicle goes essentially dormant. The hair it contains eventually falls out, and a new hair is slow to develop. Future hairs will likely be finer and lighter in color than previous growth.
Patients who achieve their desired outcome with laser hair removal will find that they can maintain their results with “touch up” treatments spread six to 12 months apart.
The treated skin will appear red, similar to a sunburn, after laser hair treatment. Applying wrapped ice packs or water-cooled towels can help ease any discomfort while the skin heals. It is important to keep the treated skin away from sun exposure (UV radiation) during this time, either by staying out of sunlight or wearing clothing that covers the region.
Other cosmetic dermatology options that involve lasers and lights at AboutSkin Dermatology include laser skin resurfacing, intense pulsed light (IPL) for reducing redness and pigmentation problems, and fractional lasers to treat a range of conditions, including intrinsic aging, sun damage, and scars.
Many treatment options can be combined with care to generate results not possible from a single device or product. Talk to one of our Board-Certified Dermatologists to discover the treatments available and learn how they could benefit your specific situation.
As director of AboutSkin Dermatology, the nationally renowned Dr. Cohen oversees the practice.READ MORE
Dr. Stoler has provided medical and surgical services at AboutSkin Dermatology since 2011.READ MORE
Dr. Ho joined AboutSkin Dermatology in 2012, and provides medical and surgical services.READ MORE
Dr. Fettig came to AboutSkin in 2019 after completing her Boston University residency.READ MORE