Laser Hair Removal
At Coastal Dermatology and Medspa, our priority is to deliver quality dermatology care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.
Silky Skin That Lasts
For most men and women, eliminating unwanted hair can be both tedious and painful. Common methods like shaving, waxing or plucking require regular upkeep and may lead to cuts, burns and ingrown hairs. If you’re tired of the hassle and want soft, silky skin that lasts, experience the difference that laser hair removal can make in your life at Coastal Dermatology & Medspa in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Combining years of experience with the latest Viora IPL laser, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sanjiva Goyal and his team can transform your skincare routine and permanently remove unwanted hair. With laser hair removal, you can achieve the smooth, beautiful skin you’ve always wanted, no razors required.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is an effective treatment for eliminating unwanted hair. Unlike shaving or waxing, laser hair removal stops growth at its source, delivering pulses of concentrated energy deep into the hair shaft. As the emitted energy safely passes through the skin and other tissues, it is absorbed by the pigment within targeted hair follicles, damaging them to prevent future regrowth. Compared to other treatments, laser hair removal offers several advantages, including:
- 80 to 90 percent permanent hair growth reduction
- Longest lasting results of any hair removal method
- Eliminates the need to shave, wax or pluck unwanted hair
- Large treatment areas reduce overall cost of hair removal
To ensure maximum effectiveness, the device settings are calibrated depending on the color and coarseness of your hair, providing an individualized treatment and optimal outcome for each patient. Laser hair removal can also be used almost anywhere on the body, with common treatment areas including the face, chest, legs, arms and bikini area.
What is Laser Hair Removal right for me?
In the past, laser hair removal was limited to those with lighter skin and darker hair, as the laser needed adequate contrast to work effectively. The advanced Viora IPL laser used at Coastal Dermatology & Medspa, however, utilizes state-of-the-art technology that can provide meaningful results regardless of skin tone, making laser hair removal a safe and effective treatment for patients with a light or dark complexion. This versatile treatment is appropriate for all men and women who want to eliminate unwanted hair for good, and you may be a good candidate if you:
- Are tired of constantly waxing or shaving
- Want a more permanent hair removal solution
- Can commit to a series of four to six treatments
- Have realistic expectations
To determine if laser hair removal is right for you, your laser specialist will thoroughly assess your skin and hair during an in-person consultation. Your treatment goals and concerns will also be reviewed to ensure that laser hair removal can meet your needs and provide the beautiful, long-lasting results you deserve.
Laser Hair Removal at Coastal Dermatology & Medspa
After your initial consultation, your aesthetic expert will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your laser hair removal session. You will be asked to shave prior to your appointment but should avoid plucking, waxing or depilatories in the weeks leading up to the procedure. These steps help to maximize the safety and effectiveness of your treatment and make it easier for the laser to target the pigment in your hair follicles.
When you arrive for your appointment, your treatment areas will be cleansed and a local anesthetic may be applied to ensure a comfortable experience. Next, both you and your laser specialist will wear safety glasses or protective eyewear to prevent exposure to any harmful light emitted by the laser. During your treatment, a handheld device will be used to deliver bright pulses of laser energy deep into your hair follicles. Each burst lasts for several seconds, vaporizing the hair bulb to inhibit future growth. Since the laser can target multiple follicles at once, the procedure is often quick and easy, but the duration of your session will vary depending on the size and scope of your treatment area. Larger areas such as the arms or legs may take an hour or more, while the upper lip or chin may only take a few minutes to treat. Although you may feel some discomfort as the laser eliminates unwanted hair, the procedure is generally well-tolerated. Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin, but the Viora IPL laser’s contact cooling system helps to minimize discomfort.
Is there any downtime or recovery after Laser Hair Removal?
After your session, you may experience some redness or swelling in treated areas, but this is normal and will subside over the next few days. To reduce any discomfort or inflammation, your practitioner may recommend that you apply ice or a steroid cream and will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions. You should also use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above sunscreen and limit sun exposure in the weeks following your treatment, as your skin will be more susceptible to harmful UVB rays and may burn easier. Other than these precautions, there is typically no downtime after laser hair removal and you should be able to immediately resume all normal activities.
Laser Hair Removal results
After your first laser hair removal appointment, you will notice an immediate reduction of hair in treated areas, but more noticeable results will take some time to develop. Over the next few weeks, most treated hairs will gradually fall out and any new growth will be stunted. Since hair growth occurs in stages, a series of four to six treatments are usually required to achieve permanent results, with hair coming back finer and thinner after each appointment. By the time you complete the recommended number of sessions, new growth will disappear and treated areas will experience a permanent 80 to 90 percent reduction in unwanted hair, remaining soft and smooth for years. If required, touch-up treatments can quickly and easily eliminate any regrowth that occurs over time.
Ready to schedule your Laser Hair Removal treatment?
If you’re tired of constantly shaving or waxing to keep unwanted hair in check, laser hair removal at Coastal Dermatology & Medspa can help you achieve the permanent results you desire. By combining years of experience with the latest Viora IPL laser, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sanjiva Goyal and his team have become Jacksonville, Florida’s premier choice for permanent hair reduction and go above and beyond to ensure an optimal outcome for each client. To trade in your razors for lasers and learn what this treatment can do for you, contact or call Coastal Dermatology & Medspa today in Jacksonville 907-727-9123 or Ponte Vedra Beach at 904-567-1050 to schedule a consultation.