Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Providence Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Charlotte, NC

If you’re tired of the constant cycle of shaving, plucking, waxing, and depilatory creams, laser hair removal might be something to consider. At Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, laser hair removal is one of many laser services performed under the direction of Dr. Andrew Gear. This treatment can drastically reduce unwanted hair, giving you not only smooth, sleek skin, but also leaving you with more time to enjoy the things that matter most. Book your visit today, either online or by phone.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Like all laser technology, laser hair removal works by harnessing the power of light in carefully controlled, concentrated beams. When the treatment laser pulses over the surface of your skin, the laser selectively targets the melanin in your hair.

That pigment absorbs the heat from the laser, damaging the follicle and impeding regrowth. You’ll notice a reduction in regrowth within weeks, but it takes multiple treatment sessions to achieve optimal results.  

What happens during laser hair removal sessions?

Today’s laser platforms deliver impressive results in relatively short treatment sessions. Depending on the size of your treatment area, you can be back to your normal routines in less than an hour.

When you arrive, you’ll remove any clothing covering the area of focus and rest comfortably on the treatment bed. You and your practitioner wear protective glasses while the laser is in operation. As the laser handpiece is moved over the surface of your skin, the system delivers pulses of laser light, treating multiple hairs at once.

Some men and women report a sensation similar to the snap of a rubber band, while others feel little more than a tingling or warming sensation. The laser is equipped with cooling technology to keep your skin at a comfortable temperature.

What kind of recovery is needed after laser hair removal?

After your session, your skin may feel slightly irritated, and a bit of swelling is also normal. Any discomfort can be addressed with over-the-counter pain medications. As for recovery, there is no need for downtime, and you can return to your normal activities immediately after your visit.

It’s important to avoid chlorine, saltwater, or sun exposure in the days after your appointment. If you use retinol skin products or strong alpha hydroxy acid formulations, be sure to ask your practitioner if you should discontinue those products for a few days prior to and after your treatment.

Is laser hair removal a good value?

When you consider the cost of other hair removal efforts, laser hair removal emerges as a clear value. High-quality razors, shaving cream, wax strips, depilatory creams, and professional waxing services aren’t free. Over time, those costs really add up.

Laser hair removal requires a higher initial investment, but the benefits last for a long time. There is also a great deal of value in the time you’ll regain when hair removal is no longer on your grooming schedule.

If you have questions about laser hair removal or want to give it a try, book a visit with Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center today, either online or by phone.