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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal in Farmington and Hartford, Connecticut at CT Facial

Living with unwanted hair can be incredibly frustrating. Between messy creams, waxing kits, and razor burns, most people find themselves looking for a more comfortable, permanent solution for excess face and body hair. If this sounds like you, laser hair removal can help.

Since being made available for cosmetic use in the mid-1990s, laser hair removal has become the most popular way to get rid of unwanted hair. Our facial plastic surgeons Dr. Seeley and Dr. Karter use laser hair removal to treat both small and large areas of the face and body. This quick, convenient, and affordable treatment has an excellent safety profile and rarely causes any discomfort.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Laser hair removal uses a very precise, targeted beam of light to disrupt the hair follicles without harming any surrounding tissue. When laser energy is directed into an active hair follicle, it’s absorbed by the melanin (dark pigment) in the hair. This generates heat, damaging the base of the hair follicle and preventing future hair growth.

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Where Can Laser Hair Removal Be Used?

Laser hair removal can be used on most areas of the body, including the face, underarms, arms, legs, bikini area, back, shoulders, chest, and stomach. This treatment should not be used very close to the eyes or genitals, however.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal works best on those with relatively fair skin and dark to medium-toned hair. Black, brown, auburn, and dirty blonde hair all respond excellently to laser hair removal, but very light blonde, white, and strawberry red hair may not respond as well. Individuals with dark skin should be aware that laser hair removal can sometimes cause slight skin lightening in treated areas. This skin lightening is usually only temporary, so many individuals decide to pursue laser hair removal despite this potential side effect.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments will I Need?

Most people need between three to seven treatment sessions to completely get rid of their unwanted hair. Large areas usually require more treatment sessions than small areas. Results require about three to four weeks to become fully apparent.

Are the Results of Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

For some patients, the results of laser hair removal are completely permanent, while others eventually experience sparse hair regrowth. Most laser hair removal treatments last between two to five years before any hair regrowth occurs. If you experience hair regrowth, you can have a “touch up” treatment to restore your original results.

What Should I Expect After Treatment?

Laser hair removal doesn’t cause discomfort, so most people can resume all their normal activities immediately after treatment. However, you’ll need to protect treated areas from sun exposure for at least three to four weeks after treatment. Laser treatments make the skin temporarily more sensitive to UV damage, but this side effect will gradually resolve.

What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal has several advantages that make it an appealing alternative to other hair removal methods:

  • It is gentle and usually painless. This treatment doesn’t sting like waxing or electrolysis; most people only feel light tingling or prickling sensations while they’re having their hair removed with laser light.
  • Laser hair removal won’t cause burns, ingrown hairs, or irritation. For this reason, most people find it even more comfortable than shaving.
  • Treatment is very affordable. Laser hair removal costs much less than electrolysis. The cost of this treatment isn’t much different than the cost of buying razors or waxing kits over several years, especially if you’re only having a small area treated.
  • Laser hair removal is the best method of hair reduction for large areas. Removing individual hairs through traditional methods like electrolysis is very time-consuming, which contributes to the high cost of treatment. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, can treat even large areas like the back or stomach rapidly, making this procedure both affordable and convenient.

Arrange a Laser Hair Removal Consultation in Farmington and Hartford, Connecticut

Though laser hair removal is very safe in trained hands, it’s still important to make sure you have this treatment administered by a certified professional. Our facial plastic surgeons can help you achieve freedom from unwanted hair in their state-of-the-art clinic in Farmington, CT. If you would like to meet Dr. Seeley or Dr. Karter to discuss your options, contact us online or by phone to arrange a personal consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and becoming a valued part of your aesthetic care team.