How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal is a quick, precise way to mitigate unwanted body hair, and laser hair removal is a safe way to destroy hair follicles without hurting the skin around them. It is a more permanent hair reduction alternative to waxing or shaving.

During the laser hair removal process, the laser emits a beam that’s absorbed by the melanin in your hair. We use high-quality medical lasers that will intentionally damage the sacs in your flesh that are in charge of the growth of your hair. This will prevent future hair growth without damaging your skin.

It all starts with a consultation. During this appointment, you will tell us what you want to change, and we’ll put together a plan that’s unique to you. Laser hair removal usually involves four to six treatment sessions spaced about four weeks apart. For the best possible results, we highly recommend that you get maintenance treatments done once every year for two to three years. During your consultation, our team will go through what plan will work best for you. Every client is unique, and we don’t have a one-size-fits-all process.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

If you’re planning on going through laser hair removal treatment, we advise that you let your unwanted hair go untouched for six weeks before we start laser hair removal. Whenever you wax or pluck your hair, you temporarily remove the hairs’ root. Laser hair removal targets the hairs’ root, so it needs to be intact for treatment to be effective. You should avoid exposure to the sun as much as you can for the six weeks leading up to your treatment, too.

Who Is a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

We have clients that are both male and female and range across a wide age range, so to put it bluntly, if you’d like to get rid of any amount of hair, laser hair removal is for you. We know how bothersome even a small amount of unwanted hair can be. If you have unwanted hair, book a consultation today to go over what your laser hair removal procedure would look like!

What to Expect from Laser Hair Removal

The length of time of the treatment sessions depends on the size of the area that you want to get treated. Small areas can take just around five minutes while larger areas can take around 30 minutes.

You should expect hair to shed within three weeks of each session. Your hair may appear as if it’s growing, but this is just part of the shedding process, and it’s completely normal. Common side effects of laser hair removal include redness, irritation, crusting, numbness, bruising, and pigment changes.

Tired of shaving, tweezing or waxing? At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, we pride ourselves on being Panama City’s experts in laser hair removal. Book a consultation today!

The Best Laser Procedures to Complete During Fall

Fall can be one of the best times of the year to complete cosmetic laser treatments. Most laser treatments require you to stay out of the sun as you recover, making the cooler months an ideal time to explore laser treatment options. Here are some of the best laser procedures to consider during the fall:

Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted body hair is something that plagues many people. Laser hair removal has become a popular solution to get rid of this hair. This technology damages your follicles in the area where you want hair removed, making it hard/impossible for the hair to grow back. After this procedure, you are required to avoid sunlight on the treated area.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Regardless of the reason for wanting to remove a tattoo, the team of medical professionals at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics is here to help. Removing a tattoo with laser energy works by administering a specific wavelength of intense light into your skin. The light is only absorbed by the tattoo pigments, and your skin remains unharmed. The light energy breaks apart the pigments, which are then absorbed by your body and eliminated. After each treatment, we encourage you to take extra precautions to protect the treated skin from sunlight, since the area will be much more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun.

CO2 Laser

CO2 laser treatment can be used to help treat deep wrinkles and reverse things like scarring and sun damage. The CO2 laser uses pulsed beams of light to remove skin tissue in columns, which is known as a fractionated method that leaves the skin, around each column, intact to aid in healing. Common side effects include swelling in the treated area along with redness and irritation similar to that of sunburn. After the procedure, you can return to normal activities within two days. Our staff will advise you to stay out of the sun and make sure to wear sunscreen, daily, for several weeks during the healing process.

Laser skin treatments can yield fast and dramatic results. Many of these treatments require patients to avoid sunlight, which makes them excellent procedures to consider during the cooler, fall months. If you are interested in exploring laser skin care options, contact us today and together we can evaluate which treatment is right for you!