Laser Hair Removal

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Laser hair removal is an effective, long-lasting solution for unwanted hair on the face and body. Dr. Ben Light offers the procedure with the GentleLASE, one of the most advanced laser systems on the market.

Skip the hassle of shaving or waxing and enjoy silky smooth legs, underarms, and pubic areas. Schedule your consultation by calling our office at (866) 239-FACE.

The Laser Hair Removal Procedure

Unlike facelift surgery or rhinoplasty, laser hair removal is completely non-surgical. The treatment takes place at our office in a treatment room. General anesthesia and sedation are unnecessary.

During the procedure, we use a handheld device to move the laser beam over the targeted treatment area. Treatment is most effective when hair is in the anagen or growth phase, and we schedule sessions four to eight weeks apart to coincide with this stage of the hair growth cycle. Commonly treated areas include the upper lip, chin, bikini area, and legs. It’s possible to address multiple areas during the same appointment. The number of necessary treatments depends on the color, coarseness, and amount of desired hair removal. Optimal results may take as many as seven treatments with annual touchups.

Dr. Ben Light, M.D.

If you have unwanted hair on the face or body, laser hair removal can result in a beautiful, smooth appearance. Laser hair removal is safe and painless and much more effective than traditional hair removal techniques.

—Dr. Ben Light, M.D.

Laser Hair Reduction Benefits

Patients enjoy the reduction of unwanted or excessive hair. The procedure is safe and painless and much more effective than traditional hair removal techniques. If you have unwanted hair on the face or body, laser hair reduction can result in a beautiful, smooth appearance.

Recovery from Laser Hair Removal in North Alabama

Side effects can include mild redness and swelling, but these usually subside within 24 hours. When performed by qualified medical professionals, laser hair reduction is extremely safe and does not require patients to miss any time from work.

Why Choose Dr. Light For Your Laser Hair Removal in North Alabama?

The laser center at Dr. Light’s practice is staffed by a registered nurse who practices in accordance with a standardized laser treatment procedure approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Dr. Light and our entire staff prioritize patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction. We use state-of-the-art technology, including the GentleLASE alexandrite laser, to achieve optimal results.

(Photo: Lauren Sharp, RN performing the laser hair removal procedure on a patient.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Hair Removal in Decatur, AL

Are Results Permanent?

The results last much longer than shaving or waxing. The powerful laser destroys the hair follicle. For many hair follicles, this is permanent, and the hair will not return. Some hair may regenerate, but regrowth is usually much finer and lighter than your natural hair. Many of our patients enjoy near-permanent results from their treatment. To ensure your results last, we recommend an annual touch-up treatment as needed.

Does it work on All Hair Colors?

The laser we use targets melanin, the pigment that makes hair dark. It works best on darker hair colors. Patients with light blonde, red, or gray hair may not experience the stunning results that many patients with darker hair receive after laser hair removal. Come in for a consultation, and we’ll help you decide if you’re a good candidate for treatment.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Anywhere you have unwanted hair! We use our GentleLASE laser to remove hair from the face, underarms, back, chest, arms, bikini area, and legs.

Is GentleLASE Safe on Dark Skin Tones?

The GentleLASE laser works best on patients with light to medium skin tones. Since the laser targets melanin, the pigment that colors both hair and skin, some patients with darker skin will not be good candidates for this treatment. We’ll help you decide if this treatment will be safe and effective after a consultation with Dr. Light and our skilled laser hair removal practitioners.

How Do I Prepare for Laser Hair Removal?

It works best on untanned skin. To prepare for your treatment, minimize sun exposure for several weeks before your treatment. Since laser hair removal targets the hair follicle under the skin, we recommend that you do not wax or tweeze for at least a month before treatment. Shaving is OK, as it leaves the follicles intact under the skin.

Shave the area that is receiving treatment a few hours before you come in. Do not wear lotions, deodorants, perfumes, or skin creams to your appointment.

Is it Painful?

Most patients tell us that their hair removal treatment is much less uncomfortable than waxing and other hair removal options. You’ll feel a quick snap each time the laser fires, like a rubber band snapping on the skin. Some areas are more sensitive to treat than others.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

You’ll need several treatments to obtain the desired results from laser hair reduction. Most patients require between four to seven treatments, spaced a few weeks apart.

What Other Aesthetic Treatments Do You Recommend To Complement My Laser Hair Removal Results?

While you’re receiving your treatment, consider one of these enhancing treatments to complement your results:

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

How much does laser hair removal cost in Decatur, AL?

The cost of your laser hair removal in Decatur, AL depends on various factors, such as the area you want to treat and the treatment sessions it may require. After your initial consultation, Dr. Light and our team will provide you with a detailed outline of costs according to your specific requirements.

What does recovery after laser hair removal look like?

Recovery after laser hair removal is swift and does not require you to take time off of work. Shortly after your laser hair removal session, you may experience redness and swelling in the treatment area. However, these side effects typically dissipate within a day. Dr. Light and our team provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure your comfort after your laser hair removal treatment.

How long does it take to see results from laser hair removal?

The results timeline depends upon the area that you treat with laser hair removal and the amount of hair you want to remove through the procedure. Typically, you may start seeing results after your very first treatment. For some patients, it may take 2-3 sessions for results to be prominent. You can see the full effects of your laser hair removal once all of the sessions in your treatment plan have been completed.

What happens during laser hair removal treatment?

Laser hair removal treatment is performed with a handheld device that emits powerful yet targeted lasers. During your treatment, your provider uses this handled device over the treatment area to target your hair follicles. The procedure gets completed within a few minutes. You can leave the treatment facility right after your treatment session.

Does laser hair removal require any cuts or bandages?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive procedure that does not require any cuts or bandages. The procedure is performed via a laser, which uses powerful light to target your hair follicles.

How long do laser hair removal results last?

The results from laser hair removal typically last longer than other hair removal methods, such as shaving, waxing, or tweezing. Some of the hair follicles that are targeted through the treatment do not generate new hair, whereas those that do often grow lighter and finer than before. You may need a maintenance treatment session every year to retain your results.

Do I need to shave before laser hair removal?

Before each treatment session, it is recommended that you shave your treatment area a few hours prior to your appointment. This helps with effectively targeting the hair follicles and heightens the chances for significant results.

Do you need to avoid direct sun exposure before laser hair removal?

Yes, it is important to avoid direct sun exposure before your laser hair removal. Sun exposure can affect your skin’s sensitivity to the laser. This may cause issues such as hyperpigmentation and burns during your treatment. By avoiding sun exposure a few weeks before your treatment, you can minimize risks and ensure a successful treatment session.

We can recommend enhancing treatments for your specific face and body concerns during your consultation.

Schedule a Hair Removal Consultation

Contact our practice to schedule a laser hair removal consultation with Dr. Ben Light at our practice in Decatur, Alabama.

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