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Laser Hair Removal

Get Rid of Unwanted Hair for Good.

Human hair is beautiful! But you may think you have too much of a good thing or that you have hair in undesirable places. Perhaps your life would be more comfortable, or you think you would be more attractive if you could get rid of that unwanted hair without shaving, tweezing, or waxing. There is a safe, convenient, effective, and affordable way to do just that! It’s laser hair removal at Saxon MD.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a procedure done using a targeted pulsing beam of light (laser) to heat hair follicles in areas where you don’t want hair, making the follicles inactive and unable to grow hair. The laser light passes through your skin unharmed, so there is no damage to surrounding tissue.
Hairs must be in the “growth stage” for laser hair removal to work effectively. The laser can zap every targeted hair in its growth stage by spreading out multiple treatments over several weeks. At Saxon MD, we use the ICON MaxR™, an intense pulsed light applicator that destroys hair follicles at their root to achieve significant hair reduction. This instrument is safe for all skin types, including darker skin types.

What body areas can be addressed through laser hair removal?

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

Before and After Photos

Preparing for your laser hair removal

Avoid sun exposure or spray tans for two weeks before your treatment. The laser works best on people with light skin and darker hair, so you don’t want to tan your skin or sun-bleach your hair. Shave just before your procedure. That will help the laser travel through your hair and turn off your hair follicles. DO NOT tweeze, wax or pluck. The hair follicle must be present for the treatment to work.

Recovery and Aftercare

You will look and feel a little sunburned for a day or two. If your face was treated, you can wear makeup the following day if your skin is doing well.

Because the heat from the laser stays in your skin for about a day, stay away from gyms, saunas, and hot showers for 24 hours to avoid promoting infection.

Be especially diligent about wearing highly protective sunscreen for about a month following your laser hair removal treatment.

Laser Hair Removal Results

You will notice some results immediately. But it’s important to remember that a series of treatments is necessary to optimize results.

Ideal candidates who receive the full series of six laser hair removal treatments can eliminate up to 90% of hair growth. The laser heats the hair follicles directly, making them inactive, unable to grow new hair. Waxing and shaving only remove hair, which does nothing about its continued growth.

Laser Hair Removal FAQs

Is laser hair removal safe for all skin types?
Laser hair removal is generally safe for most skin types, including fair to dark skin tones. However, individuals with very dark skin or light hair may not be suitable candidates for traditional laser hair removal. It’s important to consult with Dr. Saxon to determine if laser hair removal is right for you.
The number of laser hair removal sessions needed varies depending on factors such as hair color, thickness, and the area being treated. Typically, multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart are required to target hair follicles at different stages of the growth cycle and achieve optimal results.
Laser hair removal may cause some discomfort, often described as a snapping sensation or mild stinging. However, most patients find the discomfort tolerable, and numbing creams or cooling devices can be used to minimize any discomfort during the procedure.
While laser hair removal is considered safe when performed by a qualified provider, some potential side effects may include temporary redness, swelling, and mild irritation in the treated area. More serious side effects such as burns, scarring, or changes in skin pigmentation are rare but possible.
Laser hair removal can provide long-lasting reduction in hair growth, but it is not considered permanent hair removal. Some hair may eventually regrow, although it is typically finer and lighter in color. Maintenance treatments may be needed to maintain results over time.

Why Choose Saxon MD?

Dr. Sarah Saxon is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Her patients come from all over the country to enjoy her artistic surgical experience for natural and beautiful results. Laser hair removal is among the comprehensive array of cosmetic and medical procedures we proudly offer at Saxon MD. If you’re tired of hair in unwanted areas, sick of shaving and waxing, and are interested in laser hair removal, schedule your consultation today!

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