Laser Hair Removal in Oklahoma City
Tired of shaving, plucking, waxing, and bleaching? Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair from your face, bikini area, or other areas of your body. Lowe Plastic Surgery offers effective laser hair removal treatments only to existing cosmetic surgery patients in the heart of Oklahoma City.
When to Undergo Laser Hair Removal in Oklahoma City
Almost anyone who wants to get rid of unsightly or unwanted hair is a good candidate for laser hair removal. The procedure is most effective on people with light skin and coarse black or brown hair. African-Americans and others with dark skin will sometimes require more treatments, while people with white hair cannot receive laser hair removal, since their hair lacks the necessary melanin. People with psoriasis or vitiligo should bear in mind that laser hair removal may cause lesions to form in the treated areas.
How does laser hair removal work?
The laser emits a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep within the skin. While your outer skin is cooled by a cooling chemical, the long-pulse laser selectively heats and neutralizes the follicles, while leaving the skin unharmed.
What happens during the treatment?
Patients wear safety eyewear to protect their eyes from the laser light. Depending on the area being treated, laser hair removal can range from a few minutes to an hour.
Does it hurt?
Laser pulses can cause slight discomfort for some patients. Although the discomfort stops within a few seconds and is alleviated by the cooling chemical, some patients may benefit from a topical anesthetic.
Is it safe?
The risks of this procedure are minimal, with side effects that may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering, or bruising. These usually disappear within a few days. Unwanted side effects, such as burning, discoloration, or allergic reactions, can usually be avoided by an experienced doctor.
How many sessions are required?
Laser hair removal often requires 4-6 treatments to be fully effective. This is because the procedure is most effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase.
How should I prepare for the treatment?
Patients seeking hair removal should follow these guidelines before the procedure:
- Avoid plucking, electrolysis, or hair waxing for six weeks
- Avoid sunlight and tanning booths for 14 days
- People with darker skin may wish to employ bleaching products in the weeks before the procedure
- Talk to your provider if you have had a history of herpes simplex virus
- Shave, clean, and dry the area that will be treated
- Remove any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics, or skin tanning products
What happens after the treatment?
You may experience some redness or swelling which should resolve within a few hours. You may receive a cool compress or gel pack to apply to the treated area. Be sure to prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock SPF 30 or above. Don’t scrub or rinse the treated area with abrasive skin cleansers for the first few days after treatment.
How long do the effects last?
Laser hair removal can produce long-term hair loss or reduction that lasts for several years.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
To learn more about laser hair removal in Oklahoma City, please contact Dr. Lowe by calling (405)942-4300 or (877) 362-5693. You can also send us an email using our online contact form. Lowe Plastic Surgery offers several advanced laser therapies at their clinic, located less than a mile east of Integris Baptist Medical Center at 2520 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City.