If you are like most people, you have unwanted hair somewhere on your body, whether on your arms, your legs, or your face. There are several methods for eliminating this hair; some are effective but painful, while others simply don’t work all that well or aren’t permanent. In the mid-1990s, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first lasers for hair removal, presenting an attractive alternative to waxing and electrolysis to qualified candidates. The only problem was that the list of qualified candidates was relatively narrow.
In recent years, however, laser technology has advanced to the point that laser hair removal is safer and more effective, for a broader range of candidates than ever before. Mystic dermatologist Daniella Duke is pleased to offer her patients a range of advanced laser procedures, including laser hair removal of the highest quality.
Are you a good candidate for laser hair removal? The probable answer is yes, but the only way to know for sure is to meet with Dr. Duke in a confidential, one-on-one consultation at her state-of-the-art office in Mystic. Laser hair removal may, indeed, be right for you.
Candidacy for Laser Hair Removal
Modern laser hair removal is effective for most people regardless of their hair color and skin types. That said, the procedure will be more effective in some cases than in others. The ideal candidate for laser hair removal will have light skin and very dark hair. This is because the laser used to remove hair is attracted to and absorbed by the pigment responsible for giving hair its color. The more of this pigment that is in the hair, the more effective the laser will be at finding and, ultimately, destroying its target.
There was a time when people with darker skin were not good candidates for laser hair removal; however, modern lasers are so precise that this is no longer necessarily the case. While people with tanned skin will want to wait until their skin has returned to its natural color before pursuing laser hair removal, many people whose skin is naturally dark can now benefit from the procedure.
Those who have extremely light or white hair may not be good candidates for laser hair removal. The procedure is also not used to treat hair around the eyes, such as the area between the eyebrows. It is important that even the best candidates establish realistic expectations in terms of the results they hope to achieve and how quickly they will achieve them. It is highly likely that the best results will require multiple treatment sessions over a period of months, especially in cases involving lighter-colored hair.
Many patients choose to combine laser hair removal with other advanced dermatological procedures at our practice in Mystic. Photorejuvenation, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and chemical peels are just three of the treatments that can be combined with laser hair removal as part of a comprehensive skin rejuvenation plan.
Contact Dr. Daniella Duke Today
If you are interested in learning more about laser hair removal, we invite you to contact Mystic dermatologist Daniella Duke today.