Laser Hair Removal

Millions of men and women all over the world have had to deal with the headache of body hair maintenance at some point. Things as simple as going to the beach, visiting friends, or even just taking a walk outside can become difficult when faced with the issue of unruly hair in unwanted places. While unwanted hair is typically seen as a concern of women, it can be just as upsetting for men, particularly those dealing with an overly hairy back or chest. 

Whatever the case may be, there are treatment options available. While hair removal techniques such as waxing, plucking, shaving, and electrolysis have been used throughout history, they are exhaustive treatments that are now overshadowed by the innovative approach of laser hair removal. Laser Hair Removal in Chicago has the ability to provide patients with smooth, baby-like skin for years to come. 

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal has quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States. The process involves administering beams of highly concentrated light directly into the patient’s hair follicles. This light is absorbed by the follicles, destroying them and clearing out the pigment within. This innovative treatment can be used on various areas of the body, including the face, legs, and back. 

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What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Patients often wonder what benefit there is to choosing laser hair removal over more traditional hair removal techniques. There are several benefits to laser therapy, such as:

  • A virtually painless treatment
  • The results are permanent
  • Patients of all skin types and tones are eligible for treatment
  • Both regular and ingrown hairs can be addressed
  • Will not agitate sensitive skin
  • Sessions usually take less than an hour to complete
  • Can be applied to all areas of the face and body, except for the area around the eyes
  • A good treatment option for both men and women
  • Cost-effective
  • Does not affect the surrounding skin 

Beyond these benefits, the treatment is known for its:

  • Unrivaled precision: With waxing and shaving, it can be difficult to control the area affected by the treatment. Laser technology allows practitioners to selectively home in on dark, coarse hairs without damaging the skin surrounding them.

  • A quick procedure: The light emitted from the laser penetrates the skin within a fraction of a second. Experienced practitioners can use this technology to treat large areas in a short amount of time. Thus, it is a fast treatment regardless of what area of the body it is being used on.

  • Permanent results: Waxing and shaving are hair removal protocols that require upkeep over time. With laser therapy, however, patients enjoy long-term results that cost them less money in the long run.

Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Ideal candidates for laser hair removal are patients with a significant contrast between their skin and hair color. Generally speaking, patients with light skin and dark hair will experience great results with fewer treatments. Patients with dark skin tones and dark hair, on the other hand, will require more treatments to achieve their desired look. 

The laser energy works by homing in on dark colors. It can perform this function more effectively if there is a lighter background behind it. The less contrast there is between these colors, the harder it will be for the laser to target the hair. 

Beyond that, dark color absorbs more energy, meaning that working on these skin types will require lower energy for the patient’s safety. Lower energy output means that more treatments will be needed in order to achieve the desired effect. Patients with extremely light skin tones and blond or white hair may also experience less-than-ideal results. 

Beyond this criteria, ideal patients:

  • Are of sound body and mind
  • Are looking for a more effective means of removing unwanted hair
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment
  • Are willing to have follow-up sessions to get the best results possible
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What is the Procedure Like?

Depending on the area being treated, a laser hair removal session can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to complete. A cooling or conducting gel is first applied to the treatment sites. A hand-held laser is then used to administer energy to the hair follicles in the area of concern. Every laser pulse gives the patient a slightly hot sensation, which can feel similar to a quick pinch. 

The treatment is not usually associated with much discomfort. Numbing creams are typically not applied prior to the procedure. However, it is true that some areas can be more sensitive than others, and patients are absolutely welcome to request a numbing ointment if they feel they might want it.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal in Chicago allows practitioners to remove hair from any part of the body, including the face, legs, arms, and back. Sensitive areas, such as the chest, nipples, and bikini line, can also be addressed with this treatment.

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What is the Recovery Process Like?

Laser hair removal is not associated with any significant downtime. That said, following your Laser Hair Removal In Chicago some patients do notice tiny bumps in the treatment area between 24 to 48 hours. These are simply a sign that the follicles that have been destroyed are being purged from the skin. They fade away after a few days, revealing the smooth, soft skin that the patient has been dreaming of. 

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Why Choose Dr. Few?

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Julius Few is known for his dedication to excellence and innovation in the sphere of cosmetology. From the consultation process to the day of the procedure, Dr. Few keeps an open line of communication with his patients, giving them the chance to voice any concerns and ask any questions they may have regarding their procedure. 

A member of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons, he prides himself on providing the greater Chicago area with some of the best care available. Above all, he commits himself to patient satisfaction, ensuring that everyone leaves his office looking and feeling their best.

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