Achieving the exact desired hair-to-skin ratio has long been a cosmetic challenge with very few long-term treatment solutions. Whether the issue is too much hair in the wrong places or too little hair in the desired locations, hair can be as much a source of frustration as pride and beauty. Laser hair removal offers Charlotte, NC, patients the opportunity to take control of their unwanted hair, removing it in a professional setting and utilizing the latest in laser technology.
There are many procedures and products for hair removal on the market, but laser hair removal is the only one that relies on the most advanced laser technology to remove unwanted hair.
Charlotte permanent laser hair removal effectively targets the following areas:
During a treatment session, the laser will direct a coherent laser light source that penetrates the skin, targeting and damaging individual hair follicles to inhibit future hair growth. The average patient typically requires several treatment sessions in order to treat each hair follicle in the targeted area while it is in an active phase so that the hair will not return for extended periods of time. This treatment method is most effective for patients with light skin and dark hair due to the fact that the laser beam specifically targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. Patients with white, blonde, or gray hair will likely see better results from an alternative treatment such as waxing or electrolysis, as these hairs are devoid of melanin. However, we are happy to discuss this and other treatment options during a consultation.
We begin each new patient relationship with a half-hour consultation to assess the patient's needs and concerns, then provide a recommended treatment plan at the end. Based on the information provided during the consultation, if a patient determines laser hair removal is the best choice, we can schedule an appointment.
The duration of the actual appointment varies depending on the size of the area we intend to address. A smaller expanse of skin, such as the upper lip, typically requires only a few minutes to treat. However, a larger area, such as the back, might take up to an hour.
We begin a laser hair removal treatment by fitting the patient with goggles to protect the eyes. Treatments are performed by Dr. Raminder Saluja, who has exceptional interest in and experience with laser technology. In fact, Saluja Cosmetic & Laser Center continuously invests in new laser technology to ensure that we provide our patients with the best and most advanced care.
Dr. Saluja utilizes our state-of-the-art Elite MPX laser, which emits cold air throughout the process to both protect the skin and minimize discomfort for the patient. As the laser passes over the target area, it releases beams that pass through the skin to the hair follicles, where the targeted heat damages the growing process, minimizing future growth.
Most North Carolina patients require multiple laser hair removal sessions in order to maximize results. We typically recommend six appointments scheduled six weeks apart.
Laser hair removal is a fairly common, noninvasive procedure best performed by a medical professional with extensive training in the use of laser technology. Dr. Saluja has fellowship training in dermatologic cosmetic surgery and extensive experience working with lasers.
Some patients experience temporary irritation, crusting, scabs, and pigment changes at the treatment site. Many rarer and more severe risks, such as skin lightening, blistering, and scarring, can occur in facilities where an inexperienced practitioner utilizes the wrong laser or setting.
During your laser hair removal consultation, we will discuss your medical history, including medications, and ways to minimize possible risks. Charlotte, NC, patients interested in laser hair removal should avoid the sun, as a tan increases the risk of side effects. They should also refrain from plucking, waxing, and electrolysis prior to treatment, all of which can disturb the hair follicle, interfering with the laser removal process.