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Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

safe hair removal Summer may have come to an end, but party season is heating up – and that means wearing dresses, strappy tops, and outfits that show off your skin.  Whether you plan on showing leg at Halloween parties or revealing your arms and back holiday shindigs, it’s important to address any concerns you might have about laser hair removal and excessive body hair.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Just a decade ago, hair removal was a painful and altogether expensive procedure.  Hair removal treatments involved electrolysis, which utilized electric currents to remove hair roots.  As you can imagine, these electric currents were unpleasant at best, and typically painful.  Treatments were long and frequent, with results that weren’t always guaranteed.

Enter laser hair removal.  This unique new procedure is extremely gentle and effective, which is perfect for patients who might have a low pain threshold.  Laser hair removal works by focusing a concentrated bean of light onto the hair on your treatment area.  The hair absorbs this light, which causes significant damage to the hair follicle.  This stops future growth and eventually causes the existing hair to fall out.  Depending on the type of laser treatment you use, the results from a laser hair removal can last for several months or even years.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe?

Laser hair removal is extremely safe, as many of the laser technologies can be used on all skin types.  The procedure itself is relatively pain-free, although some patients have reported a mild stinging sensation.  Patients should expect to see mild redness in the treatment area, which should be protected with sunscreen.  Some patients also reported a mild breakout after treatment, as the disappearing hair follicles leave the pores open for a few days.  Minimize use of make-up and apply a gentle antibacterial treatment cream to the area if breakouts are a concern.

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At Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Lanham and Bowie MD (serving the greater Baltimore & Washington DC areas) Dr. Nia Banks and her staff use two types of laser hair removal treatments: alexandrite and NdYag.  Both lasers are safe to use on all skin types.

For more information about laser hair removal at Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nia Banks today. With offices in Lanham & Bowie, we’re conveniently located near both the Baltimore and DC metropolitans.

To schedule your hair removal consultation please fill out the form in the top left corner or call 301-88-7022.



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