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Laser Hair Removal

Medical Dermatology & Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Laser Hair Removal services offered in Fenton, Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO

Laser hair removal treatments destroy hair cells without damaging your skin. If you want to find a permanent solution to unwanted body hair, visit the Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center, with offices in Fenton, Chesterfield, and O’Fallon, Missouri. The team offers expert laser hair removal. After several sessions, you should be able to throw away your razor and wax for good. To find out more, call Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center today or book an appointment online.

Laser Hair Removal Q&A

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal permanently reduces unwanted hair using light energy. The Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center team uses alexandrite, Diode, and Nd YAG devices for laser hair removal treatments.

These devices focus a highly concentrated light beam into your hair follicles — tiny sacs containing the hair’s root. The pigment cells in the hair follicle absorb the light energy, which destroys the hair root.

Why should I choose laser hair removal?

There are many forms of hair removal, all of which have certain drawbacks. Waxing, using tweezers, and epilation all pull the hair out by its roots, which can be very painful. Shaving can cause nicks and rashes, and hair removal creams can trigger skin reactions.

Furthermore, none of these methods offers permanent hair removal, so you must repeat them regularly to keep your skin smooth and hair-free.

In contrast, laser hair removal is safe and painless. Regular initial treatments provide a permanent solution to unwanted hair. 

What does laser hair removal involve?

First, your Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center provider trims the hairs to about an eighth of an inch above your skin. This length is ideal for ensuring the laser beam thoroughly penetrates the hair follicle. 

Your provider adjusts the laser beam to match your hair color and thickness, your skin tone, and the part of your body they’re treating. They apply a coolant that protects your skin and helps the laser light penetrate the hair. As the light enters your skin, you might feel a tingling sensation or something like a rubber band snapping against the skin.

Large areas like your legs might take about an hour, while smaller areas, such as the upper lip, only take a couple of minutes. Cooling products reduce any inflammation afterward. You can expect the treated area to feel like a moderate sunburn for a few days.

How many laser hair removal sessions do I need?

You need to visit the Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center for a course of laser hair removal treatments.

Each session targets hairs in their active phase (when they’re growing). There are two other phases: when the hair stops growing and when it falls out to make way for new hair. Laser treatment doesn’t work unless the hair is in the growth stage.

Most patients need between three and seven laser hair removal sessions. With repeated treatments, the hair loses thickness and stops growing, so you end up with smooth, attractive skin.

To find out more about resolving the problem of unwanted hair with laser hair removal, call Missouri Dermatology Laser and Vein Center today or book an appointment online.

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