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By Comprehensive Dermatology of Idaho, PLLC
March 31, 2020
Category: Dermatology

Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.

Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,

  • Chest
  • Upper lip and chin
  • Back
  • Bikini line
  • Underarm
  • Legs
  • Shoulder

Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).

Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.

If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.

By Comprehensive Dermatology of Idaho
August 15, 2017
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Laser Hair RemovalExcess facial or body hair can be troublesome for both men and women. Although common, removal methods such as shaving and waxing are temporary, time consuming, painful and often yield poor results. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for long-lasting, convenient hair reduction via laser hair removal.

With the use of advanced laser technology, your dermatologist can treat most areas of unwanted hair successfully, conveniently and with fewer complications than other methods. Professional laser treatment is a non-invasive approach to permanent reduction of hair, which can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a short period of time.

In-Office Laser Hair Removal

Performed by an expert dermatologist, laser hair removal works by penetrating the skin with controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the hair follicles.  Without damaging the skin and with minimal patient discomfort, the laser energy destroys the hair follicles and significantly impedes their ability to re-grow. Following treatment, patients enjoy smooth, soft skin and a long-lasting reduction in unwanted hair.

Since hair grows in cycles, the total number of required treatment sessions varies by patient skin type, hair color and hair coarseness. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip and the bikini area. Darker-colored hair is typically more responsive to laser treatment than light colored hair.

It’s important that you always choose an experienced dermatologist for hair removal to ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency. Your dermatologist will discuss the best laser hair removal options for your specific skin type, needs and expectations.   

Visit our practice for a successful diagnosis and treatment for excess hair and experience the long-lasting results available with laser hair removal.

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.