Unwanted body hair can be frustrating, especially when you have to shave constantly to address the issue. At ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez can use a laser to help reduce body hair in a safe and effective manner, eliminating the need for uncomfortable and time-consuming tweezing, waxing, or shaving. We welcome residents of Pittsburgh and the neighboring communities of Pennsylvania.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is an advanced technique that produces a long-term reduction in unwanted body hair. Until laser hair removal, the only options for managing unwanted hair were waxing, shaving, or plucking. These methods can be uncomfortable, and the results may only last a few days or weeks.
Laser hair removal damages and destroys targeted hair follicles at the root. When this happens, the body is unable to grow hair from the treated follicle. As a result, patients can achieve permanent hair removal, enjoying smooth, hairless skin for years to come.
At Renaissance Center for Plastic Surgery & Wellness, we use the LightSheer® and Icon™ laser systems for laser hair removal. These laser systems are safe for all skin types, effective on all hair colors, and provides a quicker and more effective treatment than other laser systems. We offer laser hair removal for the following areas:
- Bikini line
- And more
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
The cost of laser hair removal will vary depending on your needs but usually costs between $150 and $500 per session. At ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we calculate all our procedures on an individual basis, and will provide your unique pricing during your consultation.
To ensure all our procedures are financially accessible, we accept a wide range of payment options, including financing through Dollar Bank and CareCredit®.
Is Laser Hair Removal Right for Me?
If you would like to achieve a permanent reduction in body hair and are tired of other methods of hair removal, you may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. As with all our procedures, we are proud to offer financing options for the laser hair removal treatment to make it a more affordable treatment for those who desire it.
How is Laser Hair Removal Performed?
Before undergoing laser hair removal, you will be seen for an initial consultation at our office. By assessing the areas of concern, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can determine if this treatment option or another laser skin treatment will be beneficial for you. Although it can take a few treatments to notice the full effect, most patients notice a drastic difference after just one session.
The procedure can be performed in one of our comfortable treatment rooms. Before the treatment begins, a topical numbing gel may be applied to ensure you are comfortable. Protective eyewear will be provided as a safety precaution. Our technician will apply a small handheld laser to the area of treatment while holding your skin taut. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure, and compare the sensation to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Treatments will continue periodically until all visible hair is eliminated. Most patients will require approximately six total treatments over the course of four to six weeks. Following each session, you may experience temporary redness and swelling, which will likely subside within a few hours. There is virtually zero downtime, and you will be able to resume normal activities right away. It is important, however, that you stay out of direct sunlight, apply sunscreen generously, and follow post-treatment guidelines carefully.
What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
Years of waxing, shaving, and tweezing adds up. Therefore, one of the most significant benefits to laser hair removal is the time and money it saves. This procedure also offers dramatic, immediate results. Although it can take a few treatments to notice the full effect, most patients notice a drastic difference after just one session.
Unlike electrolysis, non-invasive laser hair removal can be completed in a matter of minutes, producing smooth, attractive skin for a boost in confidence. With accuracy and precision, the laser can effectively remove both fine and coarse hair. Perhaps best of all, laser hair removal is incredibly cost-effective.
Although this treatment will not permanently remove all hair, it will offer a permanent reduction in hair growth. Therefore, when hair begins to grow back in, it will be finer, softer, and less visible.
What is the Recovery From Laser Hair Removal Like?
Laser hair removal is a gentle and non-surgical treatment, so there is no recovery period necessary. You may experience redness or sensitivity in the skin, similar to a sunburn, but these symptoms typically fade within a few days. You will be able to resume all normal activities immediately after treatment.
What Results Can I Expect from Laser Hair Removal?
The results from your laser hair removal treatment can take a few weeks to become visible. After treatment, the treated hairs will begin to shed. Since all hairs grow in different phases, multiple treatments are necessary to treat all hairs in a given area. Patients typically begin to notice significant results after their second treatment, and after about four treatments, patients can expect optimal results. During your consultation, Dr. Clavijo will help you determine the best approach for your cosmetic goals.
Stop shaving, waxing, and plucking to get rid of unwanted body hair. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Clavijo and get started with laser hair removal. ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa welcomes patients from Pittsburgh and the neighboring areas of Pennsylvania.