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Category: Laser Hair Removal

Fall is the Laser Season!

Now that summer will be officially over with the start of Labor Day weekend, dermatology offices such as Dermatology Office, Ellen Turner, M.D. are gearing up for an increase in laser treatments. Many conditions that are not safe to treat during the heat of the summer, where patients are out of doors for longer periods of time, become manageable in the fall. Pigmentation, or darkening of the skin, is the most common ailment that people wish to treat. Knowing that pigmentation is more of a chronic condition that is treated using a variety of modalities, it is nice to be able to use lasers (when appropriate and safe!) to treat. Pigment can be treated with photorejuvenation as well as non-ablative resurfacing lasers such as Fraxel. Additionally, our office boasts the Park Cities Peel which is a combination of both a photofacial and a light resurfacing treatment using the erbium yag laser. Typically considered a lunch-time procedure, photofacials are considered to have no recovery time. When non-ablative or low-grade ablative resurfacing is involved, recovery times go up to about 3-5 days at most. Other types of laser targets such as hair are popular. Laser hair removal has become as common place […]

How Laser Hair Removal Works

How Laser Hair Removal Works Laser hair removal is a great way to remove unwanted hair in a semi-permanent fashion so as to avoid other methods such as shaving or waxing which require constant maintenance and upkeep. Laser hair removal uses a target–the pigment within the hair–in order to cause loss of the hair from the follicle. This technique works best on hair of color—black or brown–and less so on blond or white or grey hair due to the lack of pigment present. Typically, a course of laser hair removal is between 4-6 treatments to achieve what appears to be total removal of hair. Since the hair follicle is still present, there is still the chance that, over time, one could see regrowth of hair from the follicle due to ever-changing hormonal fluctuations. There are a variety of different lasers used to treat hair removal, but all use the same scientific principle of targeting the pigment, and seeing the result of loss of the hair at the site of the follicle. Before a treatment, we recommend that patients shave within 24 hours of getting their treatment to ensure there is not excess of target (hair) on the surface of the […]

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