Have you ever worried about unwanted facial hair? You might feel nervous or self-conscious, no matter how you treat it. Shaving and waxing have been popular options, but one method at CEENTA may be the solution you need: light-based hair removal.
As a medical procedure, light-based hair removal uses concentrated light that is absorbed by the melanin pigment in the skin. Light energy is converted to heat and damages the hair follicles in the target area below the skin’s surface, which delays hair growth.
Before taking part in light-based hair removal, you will need to stop performing many of your current hair removal activities like waxing or plucking. However, you will need to shave the target area prior to the procedure. The procedure is more effective and comfortable with minimal hair growth. It’s also advisable to clean the area thoroughly and limit your sun exposure due to the heat energy that will be used. Scheduling your light based hair removal treatment during winter can make that process easier.
Following the procedure, your skin may experience side effects like mild discomfort, redness, and swelling. It is an outpatient treatment, so you can continue your daily routine afterwards. It is strongly advised to continue to avoid direct sun exposure by using SPF 30 sunscreen. You can soothe your swelling by applying ice to the target area. Depending on the area treated and hair growth pattern, you will likely require several treatments to achieve the full effect.
After receiving your light-based hair removal treatment, you will have smooth, hair-free skin that outmatches shaving, waxing, or plucking. This is because the laser treats more than surface-level hair compared to similar methods. Dr. Jewel Greywoode, a CEENTA facial plastics specialist at our Uptown office, has been enthusiastic about this procedure. "I am excited about light based permanent hair reduction as a fast, easy, relatively pain-free way to remove unwanted hair to help my patients achieve the results they desire."
Light-based hair removal does not permanently remove the hair follicles, but reduces hair growth in the area treated. Though not a permanent treatment solution to unwanted hair, the treatment lasts longer compared to other options. Plucking hair tends to last for several weeks, but light-based treatments can last for months depending on the area you choose to target.
If you’re looking to remove unwanted facial hair, you need a specialist who understands the unique nature of the face and skin. CEENTA is proud to announce our facial hair removal surfaces using the sophisticated Sciton Joule X Platform. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Greywoode in Uptown or Dr. Neela Rao and Licensed Esthetician Amanda Mackey in Fort Mill today.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our facial plastic specialists in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.
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