Woman’s Best Friend? Laser Hair Removal

wax_painStudies have shown that the average American woman will spend at least 60 full days over her lifetime removing unwanted hair.  Polls also report that 85% of American women perform some type of hair removal on at least a weekly basis.

In the “Archives of Dermatology”, researchers have verified the safety and effectiveness of laser hair removal while also highlighting compelling aesthetic and social concerns: “Unwanted hair that potentially has profound effects on psychological well-being is an exceedingly common concern for both men and women.”  In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits, laser hair removal is also extremely beneficial in controlling ingrown hairs anywhere on the body.

The current state of laser technology, such as I have here at Maine Laser Skin Care, has made laser hair removal both safe and effective.  These procedures, which are permanent, are freeing women from countless hours of waxing, plucking, shaving, and other methods of temporary and necessarily repetitious hair reduction.

laser_hair_removalAs those who experienced the process will verify, laser hair removal is safe with minimal side effects.  There is some discomfort when the laser beam impacts the hair root, but it is very transient and helped greatly by the numbing cream applied before the procedure.

Cooling gel applied to the skin immediately before the treatment, a cooling solution running through the tip of the laser, and cool compresses applied after the treatment all work to protect the top layers of the skin.  Immediately following the procedure, the area treated will be very red in appearance similar to a sunburn, but this is largely due to the heat absorbed.  The redness dissipates quickly with a combination of cold compresses and time.

fraxel_closeupTreatment times can vary depending on the area being treated and the amount of hair involved.  The laser will only permanently deal with hairs that are actively growing on the day of the treatment.

Laser hair removal is a process that will need multiple treatments to clear an area of the majority of hair.  Generally, the interval between treatments is 4-6 weeks to allow the next treatment to attack the newest round of hair growth.

Since the laser is most attracted to the roots of hair that are the darkest, black and brown hairs are the most effective in being removed, and blonde and red hairs are less so.  At your initial consultation, I can make an estimate to see if your hair color is able to be treated with laser technology.

Despite the fact that this method does require multiple treatments,  most women enjoy permanent hair loss over the area treated.  Most women also tell me that the time and money are well spent considering the hundreds of hours and large amounts of money spent over years on waxing, plucking, shaving and depilatories.

hair_removal_before_afterObviously, the face is the common target for women in hair removal, but bikini area, neck, underarms, arms and legs are increasingly common sites of treatments.  In men, “shaving bumps” in the neck as well as back and chest hair are common treatment targets.

In summary, women can benefit from the state-of-the-art laser technology here at Maine Laser Skin Care in terms of improved appearance, psychological well-being, and all the time & money they have saved.  Consequently, my office has been the premier site for skilled and effective laser hair removal in Maine north of Portland for the past decade.

Give us a call at (207) 873-2158 to schedule your free confidential consultation to see how you can have a more carefree (and hair-free) life.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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