Women spend an average of 72 days of their lives shaving their legs. If you have better things to do with your time, consider laser hair removal for permanent reduction of body hair. From his practice in Gainesville, Florida, Roger T. Brill, MD, offers hair removal services using the innovative Icon™ laser technology from Cynosure®. Call or schedule an appointment online today if you’re ready for smooth skin without the hassle of daily shaving.
Icon laser hair removal harnesses laser energy to target and damage your hair follicles. Your licensed aesthetic specialist uses a handheld device to direct the energy toward your skin. The laser is specially calibrated to target the melanin found in your hair follicles, where it converts to heat and destroys the follicle, preventing future growth.
You can have laser hair removal nearly anywhere on your body including your:
While you may notice results after just one laser hair removal session, most have a series of at least six treatments for optimal results. Your hair grows in cycles, and the follicles need to be destroyed during their growth phases.
Laser hair removal is most effective if you have dark hair and fair skin. However, advances in technology have made laser hair removal an effective option for nearly every skin and hair color.
You need to avoid tanning during your treatments because excess melanin it adds to your skin can disrupt the effectiveness of your laser hair removal treatments and lead to unwanted side effects like discoloration. If you’ve been waxing, you need to switch to shaving instead. Waxing removes hair by the root and there needs to be at least some hair in the follicles for the laser to work.
You can take a painkiller approximately 30 minutes before your appointment or apply a topical numbing cream. Your aesthetic specialist also provides cold packs to prepare your skin for treatment.
During your laser hair removal session, you wear special goggles to protect your eyes while your aesthetic specialist directs the laser over your skin. You may notice a warming sensation. Some describe the feeling as similar to a rubber band snap. The Icon laser device includes a cooling treatment that helps regulate the temperature of your skin and keep you comfortable.
The length of time needed for your appointment depends on the size of the area being treated. For example, your legs will take longer than your underarms.
If you’re interested in laser hair removal, call or schedule a consultation online today.