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By Comprehensive Dermatology of Idaho
August 13, 2015
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Laser Hair RemovalFall is a perfect time to undergo laser hair removal. Individuals having this state of the art treatment usually require 4 to 8 sessions with a board-certified dermatologist such as Ryan S. Owsley of Comprehensive Dermatology of Idaho. This schedule accommodates the natural growth cycle of body hair and helps ensure complete removal of unwanted hair on the:

  • chin
  • upper lip
  • bikini line
  • legs
  • armpits

Why Laser Hair Removal

Focused laser light precisely targets individual hair follicles, interrupting their ability to grow. Typical human hair has a growth cycle in which some of it is actively growing, some of it is preparing to grow and some of it is dormant. As such, laser hair removal treatments are done in stages--4 to 8 of them, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. This way, all hair is targeted.

It is not unusual, however, for patients to return to their Nampa hair removal specialist for "touch-ups." Ninety percent of individuals receiving treatment experience permanent hair loss.

The Procedure

Laser hair removal is an in-office procedure needing no special preparation or anesthetic. The tiny laser "blasts" generate adequate heat to inhibit hair growth, but not enough to cause patients serious discomfort during the 30 to 40-minute session. People describe the treatment as being like a rubber band being snapped on the skin.

Afterward, the treated skin may appear a bit bumpy and red, but cold compresses and moisturizing cream alleviates the minor discomfort. Patients are encouraged to avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after laser hair removal because heavy sweating irritates the skin.

Laser Hair Removal in the Fall

Dr. Owsley, and his associate Thad W. Wilkey, PA-C, say that fall is an ideal time to undergo laser treatment as the weather is cool, and there is adequate time to accommodate the growth cycle of body hair. By the time the spring arrives, patients have the hair-free skin they've always wanted.

Who Can Get Laser Hair Removal in Nampa

Many healthy people make good laser hair removal candidates. However, the Columbia University Medical Center Department of Dermatology states that the best candidates are light-skinned people with dark hair because the dark pigment absorbs more laser light. Therefore, treatment is more effective.

Get a Consultation

Surely, you have questions about laser hair removal. So, why not contact the experienced dermatology practice of Ryan S. Owsley MD FAAD? He is board-certified in dermatology and experienced in all conditions and diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Bring your questions, and he will be happy to answer them! Call for an appointment at the Nampa or McCall area office: (208) 467-7546.