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Laser Hair Removal

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS -  - Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgery Specialist of Boca Raton

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon & Aesthetic Specialist located in Boca Raton, FL

How much time do you spend shaving, waxing, plucking, or using depilatory creams to remove unwanted hair? Laser hair removal can set you free from the time, expense, and aggravation of those efforts, and is one of many advanced treatments available from Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS, of Plastic Surgery Specialist of Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida. If you’d like to explore laser hair removal in more detail, schedule an appointment online or call during business hours to check appointment availability.

Laser Hair Removal

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a treatment that uses concentrated beams of light to impede normal hair growth. A popular option among men and women of all ages, laser hair removal allows you to enjoy life without worrying about regrowth, stray hairs, razor burn, or ingrown hair. 

This treatment can deliver outstanding results on various areas of your body, including your:

  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Bikini line
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Underarms
  • Face

You can even have spot treatments to eliminate unwanted hair on small areas like your toes or fingers. 

How does laser hair removal work?

A great way to understand laser hair removal is to think about how your hair grows. Your body is covered with thousands of hair follicles, which are tiny channels running to the outer layers of your skin. At the base of each follicle lies a hair root that produces hair cells. 

As these cells stack up, they eventually reach the surface of your skin and beyond. Each hair goes through a series of phases, including active, resting, shedding, and transitional phases. 

Laser hair removal works by directing laser light to the targeted follicles. The pigment in each hair attracts and absorbs that light which is converted into heat. The heat damages the hair root, preventing normal regrowth. 

How long does it take to see results after laser hair removal?

You’ll shave the treatment area prior to your laser hair removal appointment. After your session, the hair that was just beneath the surface of your skin will begin to shed, a process you may or may not notice.

Regrowth will decline with each session. Because laser hair removal is most effective when your hair is in an active growth phase, it takes multiple treatments to yield optimal results. 

Once your treatments are complete, you’ll enjoy softer, smoother skin. Depending on how your body responds to treatment, those results can last for months before a touch-up treatment is needed. Some men and women achieve permanent results, while others will need to come in for maintenance treatments every year or so. 

What about at-home laser hair removal?

There are several products marketed as at-home laser hair removal systems, but this is a treatment best left to the professionals. To begin, medical-grade lasers are not available to the public, so any results would pale in comparison to professional treatment. 

Also, these systems are not placed under the same FDA scrutiny as medical devices, so there is a risk that the system does not meet acceptable safety standards. Your health is not worth compromising, which is why you should always seek laser hair removal from a trained medical professional. 

When you’re ready to say goodbye to your razors, wax strips, tweezers, depilatory creams, and expensive salon visits, schedule an appointment for laser hair removal. You can book online or over the phone, so don’t delay.