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You asked, we answered: “Is laser hair removal near me in Algonquin worth it?”
Posted by Dr. Vikram Khanna
The time and money spent grappling with unwanted hair adds up. In the past, the only method for “permanent” hair removal was painstaking and painful. With electrolysis, only one hair follicle is treated at a time, so many treatment sessions are required, adding to costs. Searching for “laser hair removal near me in Algonquin IL” means you are on the right track. Laser technology is well-tolerated and capable of treating many hairs at once, so the procedure is comfortable, efficient, and remains affordable. If the Dermatology Specialists of Illinois’ answer to “Is laser hair removal worth It?” was anything but a resounding “Yes!” it wouldn’t be available to patients at our Chicagoland practice.
Lighten up! Shed hairs with lasers
All lasers generally work in similar ways. An intense beam of light from the laser device is precisely applied to the treatment area. The energy from this light removes skin concerns, from sun damage to unwanted tattoos; in the case of hair removal, energy delivered to follicles is absorbed by the hair’s pigment. This process damages the follicle, without damaging surrounding tissue. Not all laser devices are the same. Traditionally, lasers were best-suited to patients with a contrast between the hair and skin, such as men or women with light skin and dark hair. Some patients were at risk of skin damage as a complication of these devices, because shorter wavelengths didn’t target pigment in a safe manner.
Advanced lasers are designed to treat diverse skin types and complexions, so, many different patients. can enjoy the benefits of permanent laser hair removal!
Be carefree – go hair-free
All successful procedures start with a consultation. A Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Khanna discusses goals for treatment, medical conditions, allergies, and medications you may be taking. If laser hair removal is a good option, he’ll discuss habits you should refrain from prior to your scheduled treatment. Sun exposure or even sunless tanning with creams or spray tans interferes with the way pigment absorbs laser light, diminishing treatment effectiveness. It’s generally advised to stop plucking and waxing. Smoking, anti-inflammatory drugs, and even some herbal supplements can affect how you heal and put you at risk of complications, such as bleeding.
Modern laser hair removal is easy, fast, precise, and gentle. During your appointment:
A numbing product may be applied to your skin for added comfort.
Skin is cooled to relieve slight discomfort, and some devices are designed with built-in cooling features.
Hundreds of hairs are treated at a time, so each session only takes about 15 to 30 minutes - a true lunchtime procedure!
The amount of time you spend in the treatment chair depends on factors such as the thickness of your hair, the size of the area to be treated, and the hair growth cycle. Since hairs grow at different rates, the laser needs to catch hair during its “active growth phase.” Some follicles may not be in the active growth phase during your first treatment, so follow-up treatments are required to completely remove all hairs. It usually takes about two to six sessions to get desired results, but you’ll see a noticeable improvement after just one treatment! Hair that does re-grow is usually lighter and finer than before you began treatment. After completing your treatment plan, skin remains smooth and hair-free with little more than a touch-up or two each year.
Hair removal not only keeps more money in your pocket and frees up your schedule, but you also no longer must deal with the irritation and pain of conventional waxing, shaving, and depilatory creams that never produce lasting results. Side effects are limited to mild swelling around the treated hair follicles. The precise nature of laser technology means the skin outside of the treatment area remains untouched. Redness, discoloration, and irritation are usually modest and temporary. Since there is nothing to recover from, you can get back to work, school, and whatever the rest of your day holds immediately after treatment.
Just as you did before treatment, you’ll follow after-care instructions, as directed by Dr. Khanna. These precautions include practicing proper sun protection, taking care that any treated areas are not exposed to sunlight. Permanent hair removal is within your grasp. Call 844-307-7546 to schedule your consultation.