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The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal

October 18, 2016

Don’t let unwanted hair make you self-conscious. Find out how laser hair removal could help you.

Are you embarrassed by hair that sticks out along your bikini line? Hate that whenever you take off your shirt people are more likely to check out the hair on your back then your beach body? If so, then laser hair removal could finally give you the results that you want. Our San Diego, CA, dermatologists, Dr. William Heimer and Dr. Gerald Haas, offer up the pros and cons to this cosmetic treatment to help you determine if it’s right for you.

laser hair removal

How does this treatment work?

When we shine this laser over the unwanted hair, it heats up the pigment molecules within the hair follicle, killing it and preventing it from growing new hair. Several laser treatments will be necessary in order to target areas with more hair and provide the most effective results.

What are the benefits to get laser hair removal in San Diego?

Unlike electrolysis, laser hair removal is able to target larger areas of hair at once, which makes this treatment ideal for anyone looking to get hair removed from larger surfaces like their back, chest or legs. Electrolysis is only able to destroy one hair follicle at a time, which makes it more time consuming than laser hair removal.

Are there any drawbacks?

Since the treatment is effected by the pigments in your hair it seems only obvious to point out that those with dark hair will respond better than those with lighter hair. Also, sometimes hair will grow back, but the good news is that the hair will be much thinner than it was, so it will also be less noticeable.

Also, some patients do experience some stinging during this treatment. It’s been reported that getting laser hair removal often feels like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. While it isn’t exactly a painful treatment, it can be uncomfortable for some.

Do you have questions about laser hair removal? Do you want to start your first session soon? If so, then it’s time you call Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology in San Diego, CA, to schedule a consultation with us.