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Are You a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

After years of shaving, plucking, and waxing, a permanent solution to hair removal probably sounds like welcome relief. Think of all the time and money you could save — not to mention, no more nicks, cuts, burns, and rashes. Laser hair removal delivers all that in just a few noninvasive, painless sessions.

If that sounds like exactly what you’ve been searching for, and you’re ready to schedule a laser hair removal appointment, there are few things you should consider first.

Dr. Ritchie Rosso Jr. and Dr. Robert Chappell Jr. here at Chappel Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center are experts in laser hair removal and can help you determine whether laser hair removal will be effective for you. Here are some of the main criteria to help you decide.

How does laser hair removal work?

Understanding what happens during the laser hair removal process will help you decide whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

A laser is simply intensely focused light. When used to remove hair, the laser is directed over the treatment area, where it sends pulses of light energy that penetrates your skin and targets the pigment in each strand of hair in their individual follicles. 

The laser heats the hair at its source and breaks down the follicle without damaging your skin. The follicles are rendered useless, and hair will no longer grow there.

Does laser hair removal work for everybody?

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way for getting rid of unwanted hair on people of all skin types, but it works better for some than others. Here are some questions to consider.

What are your skin tone and hair color?

Because the laser targets the pigment, or melanin, in each hair, the darker your hair, the more effective the laser will be.

High contrast between hair color and skin tone is the best condition for laser hair removal. Light skin with dark hair is ideal because it gives the laser a clear target. Blonde, gray, red, and white hairs don’t have as much melanin in them for the laser to target and destroy, so if you have very light hair, this procedure may not work for you.

Most laser hair removal systems work best on coarse hairs. But at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center, we use a highly advanced device called the excel HR™ laser, which can zap even fine hair using a multiwavelength technology.

Where is your hair?

Laser hair removal is a great choice for banishing hair from almost any part of your body. Our patients are happily hairless on their legs, underarms, bikini lines, chests, backs, necks, and faces. 

That said, it’s best not to use laser hair removal near your eyes, so if you want to define your brows, it’s best to use a different method.

Also, laser is ideal for groupings of hair rather than the occasional stray strand that pops up here and there.

Are you pregnant?

During pregnancy, hormonal shifts cause many changes in your body, including unwanted hair growth in some women. But now is not the time to try laser hair removal. Studies have not yet been conducted to determine whether or not the procedure is safe for mothers to be

If the hairs you inherited during your pregnancy don’t vanish on their own in the weeks and months after you deliver, it’s safe to set up a laser hair removal appointment.

If you still have questions about laser hair removal, call us here in Odessa, Texas, or request an appointment online. We can help you decide if this technique is right for you, let you know how many sessions to expect, and make sure you receive the best care and most advanced treatment possible. 

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