Dermatology Associates of Atlanta Answers Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Hair Removal

dermatology associates of atlantaHow does laser hair removal work?

Using an intense pulsating beam of light that targets the pigment in the hair, treatment is applied to the desired area and passes through the skin to individual hair follicles. The heat from the laser light damages the follicle, preventing future hair growth in the treatment area.

Who is the best candidate for laser hair removal?

Just as sunlight is attracted toward darker colors over lighter colors, laser hair removal works best on individuals with darker hair and lighter skin tone. The contrast between the two allows for better targeting of the laser and better absorption by the hair follicle. Those with very light blonde or grey hair may benefit more from electrolysis treatments as the hair doesn’t have enough pigment for laser light to attract to. With over 20 years of experience and multiple lasers and hair removal options, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s providers can help you find a hair removal treatment that works with your skin tone and hair color.

Where can laser hair removal be performed?

Laser hair removal can be performed anywhere there is unwanted hair. Our patients have undergone laser hair removal on areas including the arms, legs, chest, face, bikini area, back, underarms, and more.

I’ve heard laser hair removal hurts. How painful is it?

Comfort thresholds vary from person to person, and the sensation may vary based on the treatment area and laser used. Some compare the sensation of laser hair removal to that of a rubber band being snapped across the skin. Our providers work to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible throughout the entirety of the procedure.

Why do I need more than one laser hair removal treatment?

Because of the nature of hair growth cycle that includes growing and resting periods, laser hair removal is only effective when hair is in the growth phase. Multiple treatments are required in order to treat the hair that is in a different phase of the hair cycle during other treatments. By spreading out a series of 6 to 8 treatments over 8 to 12 weeks, patients can be sure to receive the smoothest results.

Is laser hair removal safe?

Laser hair removal is safe and effective for those who have passed through the screening process with Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s trained and experienced providers. We offer multiple types of lasers and even EpiLight and electrolysis hair removal to ensure the safety of all patients. While there are rare risks like hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, we work diligently to make certain that your treatment results exceed your expectations.

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