If you’re tired of shaving, plucking, creaming, and waxing unwanted hair, it’s time to try laser hair removal. Laser hair removal targets the hair follicle without damaging surrounding tissue to help control and prevent hair growth. At Ronald N. Shore Dermatology, patients in Rockville and Silver Spring, Maryland, receive customized laser hair removal treatments using the most advanced laser technology available to get rid of unwanted hair and leave skin feeling softer, smoother and sexier.
Lasers emit highly-focused pulses of heat energy to damage and destroy hair follicles so they no longer produce hair. The process of using heat to destroy follicles is called photothermolysis. Because different colors absorb heat differently, laser hair removal systems can be adjusted to produce different wavelengths, depending on the hair color, skin tone, hair thickness, and other factors for the best results.
Prior to treatment, shaving the area is fine, but please avoid waxing, plucking, threading, or any other type of hair removal in the area for a few weeks prior to treatment.
For large or dense areas of hair, shaving is recommended before treatment so the laser can have direct contact with the skin. You can consult our office for how best to prepare for your treatment, and your specialist will advise you on preparations during your initial consultation.
The laser will be adjusted for the patient’s skin type, hair color, and other factors, and a cooling gel will be applied to the skin to protect the skin and keep the patient comfortable throughout the treatment.
A small “test” area may be treated first to enable the doctor to readjust the laser if needed.
Once these steps are completed, the doctor will move the laser handpiece over the treatment area while the device emits a steady stream of light energy pulses to reach the precise depth where hair follicles and roots are located.
The length of each treatment session will depend on the size of the area being treated, but generally, treatment is very quick. During treatment, patients may notice feelings of warmth or tingling in the area. Dr. Shore uses a cooling gel to eliminate any pain during treatment.
Once treatment is complete, a special cooling gel will be applied to the area to reduce redness or mild, temporary swelling that can occur. In some cases, mild itching or tenderness may occur, but these will resolve soon after treatment.
Shaving is fine between treatments but please do not wax, pluck, thread or otherwise remove hair follicles that need treatment.
Hair growth follows a specific cycle, and it’s important to treat follicles during the active growth phase. That means multiple treatments — typically 4-6 — will be needed for optimal results. The number of treatments can vary from patient to patient, and a custom treatment plan will be created based on each patient’s specific needs and goals.
*Individual Results May Vary
We accept most major insurance. Please verify your eligibility or coverage with our office or with your insurance company as some of our services are not covered by insurance plans. If you have any questions, please call our office. We'd be happy to help you.
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