Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

May 1, 2022 L.A. Vinas
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

Shaving can seem more like a chore than an act of self-care. The average woman spends 72 days of their lifetime shaving — if you’re like most, your time is precious and there are a whole lot of other important tasks you could be using that time for.

Not to mention, spending time shaving only to have stubble grow back halfway through your workday makes the whole act annoying, and hardly worth it. For those who want to say goodbye to the razor once and for all, there’s laser hair removal.

L.A. Vinas Plastic Surgery, with three locations in Florida, offers laser hair removal to those looking for smooth, hairless skin 24/7. If you’ve heard about the treatment before but still have questions like — “Is it permanent?” “Does it hurt?” “Where can I get it?” Read on! We’ll cover everything you need to know before taking the plunge.

A cutting-edge treatment

Missed stubble. Razor burn. Ingrown hairs. These are just a few of the drawbacks to shaving. And if you’ve tried waxing or epilators, you know just how painful these can be.

Laser hair removal is the go-to treatment for people who want a safe, effective, and long-lasting treatment. Luis Vinas, MD uses one of the latest technologies on the market — the Icon™ laser.

The Icon laser is a nonablative laser that safely removes hair from:

  • Armpits
  • Upper lip
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Stomach
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Bikini line

The process can take minutes to an hour depending on the treatment area. Most patients need a series of 4-6 treatments to get the hairless skin they’re looking for.

What to expect

Dr. Vinas has performed hundreds of laser hair removal treatments. You can feel safe and confident coming in for your appointment, as you are in the hands of a highly skilled professional. Here’s what treatment is like:

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Vinas explains the treatment and answers any questions you might have. You’ll be given a protective set of eyewear and Dr. Vinas adjusts the Icon laser to the appropriate settings for your treatment area.

Next, a protective gel is applied to your outer skin to keep you comfortable. Using a handheld device, Dr. Vinas emits laser energy deep into your skin to target and safely destroy hair follicles from the root.

Dr. Vinas applies lotion or anti-inflammatory cream to minimize discomfort. Lastly, he explains the after treatment care to ensure you get the best results.

How long will my results last?

About 457,000 laser hair removal treatments were performed in 2019. That’s because laser hair removal provides silky, smooth skin for longer periods of time than other leading methods.

The results of laser hair removal can last for many months to years, but most patients need touch-ups every six months to ensure they are stubble-free.

What it feels like

If you like what you hear so far, you’re probably wondering what the treatment feels like. While many beauty treatments might be painful, we are happy to inform you that Icon laser hair removal is not.

Most patients describe it to be slightly uncomfortable but tolerate the procedure very well. The sensation is similar to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against your skin. If you have low pain tolerance, Dr. Vinas can apply a topical anesthetic to your skin before the procedure so you feel more comfortable.

No downtime

There’s nothing worse than getting treatment only to look like you got a treatment done. Luckily, Icon laser hair removal requires no downtime, and no one will know you had treatment unless you tell them. While redness and minor swelling are normal following your appointment, this can easily be hidden by clothing or makeup.

Summer is just around the corner. Instead of living with stubble, razor burn, and wasted time spent on shaving, contact us to start laser hair removal today.

Call your dermatologist or contact us to request an appointment if you notice any of these signs.
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