A lot of women look forward to the summer months when they can enjoy the appearance of sleek legs, a smooth back, or a trim bikini line while wearing a bathing suit. Laser dermatology can offer effective solutions in such cases to ensure that a woman has the look that she desires. Laser hair removal, in particular, can provide dramatic improvement in skin appearance.
Compared to traditional hair removal solutions, laser hair removal is significantly more effective and sustainable. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing laser hair removal and a wide range of other procedures. Patients in Austin, TX and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive cutting edge solutions from Dr. Zimmet.
Prior to the laser hair removal procedure, the patient should protect the skin against sun exposure for several weeks. This will enable easier targeting of darker hair against lighter skin pigment. If the patient has a tan, they should let it fade before they receive laser treatment in order to avoid blotchy coloration.
In the weeks preceding the laser hair removal appointment, the patient should not use waxing, plucking or electrolysis to remove hair. If the hair follicles get disrupted underneath the skin, it will diminish the impact of laser treatment. Shaving is a good choice while the patient is waiting for a laser hair removal treatment. Shaving will only remove the external hair and the hair follicles will not be affected.
Before the procedure begins, the patient will be provided with protective eye gear. The laser hair removal expert will apply a topical anesthetic to the targeted area of the skin to minimize discomfort. The laser device will be placed over the hair removal site and laser beams will be delivered precisely to generate controlled heat below the skin and destroy the unwanted hair follicles.
When performed by a skillful provider, the treatment will not cause harm to the surrounding healthy tissue and only focus on the targeted areas. The treatment may be completed within a few minutes for small areas such as the chin or upper lip area. However, larger surface areas such as the legs, back or bikini line will take a longer time to complete. Multiple laser hair removal treatment sessions are usually required to achieve a comprehensive and desired outcome.
Following the laser hair removal procedure, the patient will have to take care of the skin to ensure that it remains in good health. Ice therapy can be used immediately after the treatment to obtain relief. Mild redness is expected after the treatment session, but it will soon disappear on its own. The dermatologist will advise the patient regarding sun protection and for how long they should stay out of sunlight or tanning beds.
This is important to allow the skin to heal sufficiently. This period could last for several weeks, but once the skin healed, the patient can wear a sunscreen and enjoy their summer on the beach or at the pool with complete freedom from unsightly hair. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for laser hair removal and other skin care procedures.