Laser Hair Removal

CSC Steil Dermatology

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Hinsdale & Downers Grove, IL

Almost all women work tirelessly to remove their body hair, and a growing number of men are leaning toward the smooth-skinned look for themselves. Rather than frequent shaving or waxing, you can find safe and long-lasting laser hair removal with Christina Steil, MD, Rachel Bognet, MD, and Paula S. Malhotra, MD, at CSC Steil Dermatology in Hinsdale and Downers Grove, Illinois. To discuss the treatment with a skilled provider, call your nearest location today.

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Laser Hair Removal Q & A

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a treatment that uses powerful laser lights to target and remove your hair, inhibiting future hair growth in the process. Your provider uses the laser to target your specified areas of hair growth that you’d normally shave or wax. The treatment works on your:

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Bikini area
  • Face

The pigment in your hair follicles absorbs the heat from the laser. The heat vaporizes existing hair and damages the follicles to prevent them from continuing hair growth for a period of time. 

You’ll likely need multiple sessions to remove your hair initially, but eventually, infrequent maintenance appointments will suffice. 

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

When compared to the alternatives like shaving, waxing, or tweezing, laser hair removal is the clear winner for many patients. People prefer the procedure because:

  • It reduces ingrown hairs
  • There are no razor bumps, burns, or cuts
  • The results last for a long time
  • Some patients stop their hair growth entirely
  • The treatment is quick
  • It’s precise

If you’re unsure about the procedure, your provider can help you weigh the pros and cons while comparing laser hair removal to your current hair removal method. The treatment isn’t for everyone, and the CSC Steil Dermatology team will let you know whether you should consider it.

How should I prepare for successful laser hair removal?

After determining that the treatment is right for you, your provider at CSC Steil Dermatology will give you a list of preparation instructions. To ensure a safe appointment with minimal side effects, the team may recommend that you:

  • Avoid sunlight and tanning beds
  • Stop your plucking and waxing regimens
  • Lighten your skin with bleaching creams
  • Trim or shave the treatment area

With each treatment, you’ll get used to the process and become familiar with the steps you need to take to prepare. The sensations caused by the laser vary from person to person, so you may be given a topical anesthetic if you have sensitive skin. Just keep in mind that your individual results may vary. 

Your daily or weekly shaving cycle may finally come to an end if you’re a candidate for laser hair removal. To learn more about the procedure, call CSC Steil Dermatology today.