Gone are the days of razors, waxing, and even electrolysis. For most men and women, there’s now a better way to remove unwanted hair: laser hair removal in Worcester, Massachusetts. This treatment uses specific wavelengths of intense light to accomplish permanent hair reduction. The light is targeted to heat only the hair, so it does not cause damage to surrounding tissue.
We are committed to offering leading edge, advanced treatment options to the men and women who choose our practice in Worcester. Laser hair removal is just one of the ways we’ve harnessed the power of new technology to improve outcomes. We’ll take the time to explain all of your options and what each treatment can do for you. Request a cosmetic consultation online or call us at 508-754-3823 in Worcester or 978-256-4151 in Chelmsford.
Why Choose Laser Hair Removal?
Waxing and shaving are time consuming, uncomfortable, and generally ineffective. During electrolysis, one hair at a time is treated, requiring more and longer treatments. However, during laser hair removal, multiple hairs within the laser’s treatment field (9mm) are treated with each pulse. Multiple pulses can be delivered within seconds. Thus, the advantages of laser hair removal over electrolysis are the speed of the session and the significantly lower number of sessions required. The primary disadvantage of laser hair removal is the inability to remove lighter hairs.
How It Works
The light produced during laser hair removal targets the pigment in the lower portion of the hair unit. When this pigment absorbs the energy in the light, heat is generated within the hair. This heat can injure or destroy the hair without harming surrounding tissue.
At any given time, all hairs on the body are in either a growing or resting phase. The average percentage of hairs in these two phases varies among the different areas on the skin. It is important to note that hairs vulnerable to the laser are those in the growing phase. This is why several treatment sessions are generally required.
There are several ways that you can ensure the best possible results from laser hair removal.
- Avoid the sun 4 to 6 weeks before and after treatment.
- Avoid bleaching, plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment.
The morning of the procedure, the hair should be shaved so that the dark hairs on the surface will not absorb the laser’s energy and cause a superficial burn.
During laser hair removal, people may feel varying degrees of discomfort; this is because of the local heat generated by the laser. However, the laser also has a cooling device which dramatically reduces these effects for the majority of patients. Topical anesthetic can be used in certain locations to further reduce discomfort.
During your consultation we’ll discuss the number of treatments you will need, as well as the interval between treatments. It is very important to treat the hairs at the recommended intervals so the maximum results are achieved.
Is It for You?
The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone with dark hair and light skin. This is because blonde and gray hairs are not seen by the laser. Also, the more pigment in the skin, the more the laser’s energy is transferred to the skin, instead of the hair.
If you decide to pursue laser hair removal, be absolutely certain to choose the right provider. At Worcester Dermatology Associates, we’re skilled and experienced in laser hair removal so, by choosing our practice, you’re taking the most important step to avoid complications and to ensure the best possible results.