What is laser hair reduction?
Laser hair reduction is a cosmetic treatment offered at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center that permanently reduces hair growth in treated areas.
Dedicated to providing the most innovative and effective aesthetic treatments, the practice uses the Joule™ X BBL™ laser platform to perform laser hair reduction. The team uses the innovative laser to remove hair from almost any area of the body, including:
- Bikini area
- Upper lip
The Joule X BBL laser platform is a versatile aesthetic tool that allows the team at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center to adjust laser hair reduction treatments to meet all skin types and beauty needs.
It works by targeting the pigmented hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin. The heat energy destroys the follicle to prevent further hair growth.
How do I prepare for laser hair reduction?
The team at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center provides specific guidelines for laser hair reduction preparation.
Before your laser hair reduction treatment, they recommend:
- Shaving the treatment area 24 hours before your session
- Using sunblock with broad spectrum SPF 30 or greater before treatments
- No tanning 2-3 weeks before your session
- Avoiding exfoliating agents (Retin-A, acne medication) for three days prior to treatment
The team also requests you share information about all the medications and supplements you take prior to your hair-reduction session because they can alter the safety and effectiveness of your laser treatment.
What happens during laser hair reduction treatment?
The team develops personalized laser hair reduction treatments based on your specific needs and reviews the details during your consultation. Treatment time may vary depending on the size of the treatment area, ranging from a few minutes to an hour.
Most patients tolerate laser hair reduction with minimal discomfort. However, the team may offer a topical anesthetic if you’re sensitive.
You may notice slight redness and swelling around the hair follicles after treatment. The team recommends using aloe gel or cool packs to ease these side effects.
They also provide detailed instructions on how to care for your skin after your treatment, which may include:
- No rubbing or picking at your treated skin
- Avoiding use of loofahs and abrasive scrubs for three days after treatment
- Using broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher
- Avoiding strenuous activity and hot water for up to 24 hours
If your skin crusts or blisters, the team recommends applying petroleum jelly to the area.
How many laser hair reduction treatments do I need?
Hair grows in cycles, so you will need more than one laser hair reduction treatment to get the best results. The team at Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center generally recommends six treatments spaced apart by 1-3 months to achieve permanent hair reduction.
To schedule your laser hair reduction consultation, call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center or use the website booking tool.