Laser Hair Removal

Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery
Matthew Karen, MD F.A.C.S.
Cosmetic Surgery located in Winchester, VA

When you’ve had enough of shaving, waxing, and plucking to get rid of bothersome hair, maybe it’s time to laser-focus on an alternative. At Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Matthew Karen offers people in and around Winchester, Virginia the opportunity to turn on laser hair removal and turn off those endless hassles while removing hair from almost anywhere on the body. To learn more about laser hair removal, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up your appointment with Dr. Karen.


Laser Hair Removal Q & A

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal directs a concentrated laser beam through your skin that heats and destroys hair follicles while not harming your skin. At Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Karen proudly offers the state-of-the-art Palomar intense pulsed light laser.

The laser destroys hair follicles that are in the growth stage but follicles that are in the transitional or dormant stages won’t be affected. You’ll likely need treatment later to catch those follicles when they’re in the active phase.

What areas of my body are good for laser hair removal treatment?

You might consider laser hair removal if you’re tired of the constant shaving or the discomfort and hassle of waxing or other methods to get rid of hair on many parts of your body, including your:

  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Bikini line.

The laser treats larger areas effectively because it disables more than one hair at a time.

How does laser hair removal work?

The Palomar laser IPL (intense pulsed light) works by reaching the pigment in your hair, which absorbs the light. The heat the laser creates damages only the hair follicle, not the skin. The greater the contrast between your hair and your skin color (e.g. dark hair and light skin), the more effective the outcome.

Due in great part to recent advances in laser technology, the procedure is an increasingly good option for people who have darker skin as well. Gray, red, blonde, and white hair don’t absorb light well. However, various laser treatment options for patients with light-colored hair are in constant development.

What is the procedure like for laser?

In areas where hair grows quickly, like your upper lip or underarms, laser treatment might need to be repeated every four to eight weeks. Where hair grows more slowly, for instance, on your back, patients can usually receive treatment every 12 to 16 weeks.

During the procedure, Dr. Karen will activate a hand-held laser and press on your skin. The laser passes through your skin and to the hair follicle, damaging it and inhibiting growth. A little discomfort is normal; many say it feels like a bad sunburn. Treating a small area takes minimal time, while treating a larger area (back, legs, arms, etc.) will take longer, perhaps an hour or more.

Is there any downtime after treatment?

No. There may be redness and swelling around the treated area, but that should last for a few hours at most. You should not expose yourself to the sun after laser treatment, however, for at least six weeks or as advised by Dr. Karen.

If you’re interested in laser hair removal, or would like to learn more about the treatment, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen by calling the practice today.