Laser Hair Removal in Florida
The board-certified professionals at Suncoast Skin Solutions have been dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive surgical, medical, and cosmetic dermatological care. Our cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical approaches to medical and cosmetic dermatology provide our patients with natural-looking results that require minimal downtime and recovery.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Having thick and constantly growing hair on your face, legs, or underarms can be annoying to deal with. Thankfully, advances in laser technology have given our patients the long-term solution they've been looking for. Laser hair removal is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that can reduce hair growth by 98 percent in your desired treatment areas for years to come. At Suncoast Skin Solutions, we are proud to use the Candela GentleLase laser hair removal system that targets unwanted hair at each individual follicle for quality results in as few treatments as possible.
Laser hair removal is based on the premise of selective photothermolysis; the preferential and selective destruction of the follicular unit, resulting in significant hair reduction in treated areas.
By selecting the correct wavelength of light and then properly adjusting the pulse width, the laser’s light is able to pass, unaffected, through the top layer of skin, and into the deeper dermis, where the hair follicle resides. Here, at the follicular level, the laser energy is absorbed and transformed into heat that disables the follicle. As a result, hair growth is then impaired without affecting the surrounding tissue. At Suncoast Skin Solutions, we have the premier laser for hair removal, the GentleLase by Candela. This system removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structure of the skin.
The target molecule for the heat absorption is the pigment of melanin of the follicle. For the laser to be effective, the hair pigment must be darker than the surrounding skin pigment. If this is not the case, the treatment will not be effective, and complications may occur. Early in the evolution of the procedure, patients with Fitzpatrick skin types V or VI (very dark skinned) were not candidates, and even patients with skin types III and IV were at high risk. This is why darker, coarser hairs in paler patients are easiest to remove with laser technology. With newer technologies, however, most patients can now be treated, though caution must still be exercised.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of your laser hair removal treatment at Suncoast Skin Solutions is going to vary depending on the extent of treatment needed to achieve your desired results. To find out a more accurate cost for your laser hair removal treatment, we encourage you to come in for a private consultation with one of our expert staff members.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
There are many benefits to receiving laser hair removal treatments at Suncoast Skin Solutions, including:
- Reduces hair growth in treated areas up to 98 percent
- Provides a long-term reduction of hair growth
- Results in as few as three to six treatment sessions
- Minimally invasive laser treatment
- Minimal downtime and recovery period
What Can I Expect During my Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
Your laser hair removal treatments will be performed at your local Suncoast Skin Solutions office by one of our expert board-certified dermatologists. Before your laser hair removal treatment begins, a topical anesthetic will be generously applied to your desired treatment area. This is to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. Once numb, short bursts of laser technology will be applied to each individual hair follicle within your treatment area. Most patients describe this sensation as similar to the feeling of a rubberband being snapped against the skin. Most treatment sessions typically take less than an hour to complete.
What Can I Expect After my Laser Hair Removal Treatment?
Because laser hair removal treatments are minimally invasive, there is minimal downtime and recovery associated with each treatment session. Most patients report being able to return to their normal daily activities, including work, immediately following their treatments. While the skin may be red and sensitive to the touch, similar to the sensation of sunburn, these side effects typically resolve on their own within a day or two of treatment. Our board-certified dermatologists typically recommend a series of several treatments spaced two to four weeks apart for ultimate results.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
If you're unhappy with your unwanted body hair, laser hair removal may be right for you. The best way to find out if laser hair removal is right for you is to schedule a private consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists. They'll be happy to sit down with you, listen to your concerns, assess your skin, and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help you get your healthiest-looking and -feeling skin. Ideal candidates for laser hair removal are in good general health and have realistic expectations of their potential results.