According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal is one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments for both men and women, with over a million procedures performed last year. If you have unwanted hair, Dr. Eric J. Furst in Springfield, Virginia, offers safe and effective laser hair removal treatments using the state-of-the-art xeo® system. To learn more, call Furst MD Aesthetics, or book an appointment online.
An alternative to plucking, waxing, or shaving, laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure in which highly concentrated light energy is aimed at your hair follicles. The pigment in your follicles absorbs the energy, and this damages them enough to stop them from growing.
Laser hair removal is generally a comfortable procedure, though it depends on your pain tolerance. People have described it as feeling like a pinching or snapping. Dr. Furst uses the xeo device, which has proven to be a safe, gentle, and long-lasting method of laser hair removal.
You can talk to Dr. Furst about where you’d like to remove hair and which hair is bothering you the most. In general, laser hair removal is used on the:
Aside from not having to deal with the discomfort of waxing or itchy stubble, there are several significant benefits of laser hair removal. These include:
With the xeo technology, Dr. Furst can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving your surrounding skin undamaged.
Each pulse of the laser lasts a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. Dr. Furst can treat an area about the size of a quarter every second.
Most patients need two to six treatments, and after this, they’re free of hair for several months. When hair regrows, most patients see noticeably less hair than before, usually finer and lighter in color.
Before you get laser hair removal, you need to be aware of a few things to avoid. First, you’ll need to stay away from plucking or waxing for six weeks before your treatment. This is because the laser targets the hairs' roots, and if you pluck or wax, there’s no root for the laser to target.
You’ll also need to avoid sun exposure for six weeks both before and after your treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective, and it also makes complications after treatment more likely.
If you’re interested in laser hair removal, Dr. Furst can answer all of your questions and get you started on a treatment plan. Call the office today, or schedule an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.