Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our hair. We love it when it grows where it should, and hate it when it grows in places where we’d rather not have hair. As a culture, we spend a great deal of time, money, and discomfort to be temporarily free of unwanted hair by shaving, waxing, tweezing, and using depilatory creams and devices. Women want sleek, sexy legs; clean underarms; and a bikini line that looks attractive in any outfit. Men want smooth, low maintenance faces, chests, backs, and heads.
Dr. Vivian Bucay, your dermatologist in San Antonio, has a long-term solution – laser hair removal. Using advanced technology and medical precision, Dr. Vivian Bucay helps men and women enjoy the aesthetics and convenience of less hair.
Previously, your options for a more groomed appearance were limited. They produced temporary results, and they were often accompanied by skin irritation. You could shave every day, endure waxing delicate areas, or wait around while harsh depilatory cream dissolved hair. Electrolysis rendered longer lasting results. However, it was both time-consuming and painful, as this method addressed one hair follicle at a time.
Today, Dr. Vivian Bucay’s laser hair removal treatments destroy hundreds of follicles simultaneously, and treatment is well tolerated. Most patients feel a slight stinging (like being snapped with a rubber band) or warm sensation from the heat of the laser, but discomfort is mild and temporary.
This medical procedure passes a pulsating beam of intense light through the skin to the hair follicles. This heats the hair follicles, destroying those in the anagen or active growth phase. Because only those hairs in the anagen stage are affected by the laser and not all hairs are in the same growth phase, several treatments over a period of months are needed to achieve the best results. However, you’ll begin to see improvement right away and the effect is considered permanent for the treated hairs. Your body will continue to produce some new hair follicles over time, so you may want to schedule occasional follow-up sessions.
Laser hair removal requires a high level of training and experience for patient safety and effectiveness. Most patients report only a stinging sensation. However, Dr. Bucay makes sure that the experience is as comfortable as possible for even those with very sensitive skin, with the use of topical anesthetic and a cooling device. Session duration depends on the size and location of treatment – from a few minutes for an upper lip, for back or chest. You may have a bit of redness or slight swelling following laser hair removal. This is temporary and easily managed with the application of ice, cooling creams or gels, or over-the-counter analgesics.
Hair grows in several stages, and follicles may only be destroyed by the laser in the anagen growth stage. You’ll see improvement right away, but full resolution usually requires six or more treatment sessions several weeks apart. Your body continues to produce new hair follicles over time, so occasional touch-ups will keep you smooth and sleek.
You’ll find laser hair removal advertised at salons and mall kiosks, but for safety and optimal results, trust a qualified physician to perform or oversee treatment – after all, it is a laser, and it is your wellbeing at stake!
Melanin is a chromophore that gives color to skin and hair. Light is absorbed more quickly by dark objects than lighter ones. Safe laser hair reduction requires precisely matching the right wavelength of light to the pigmentation of skin and hair to avoid damage to surrounding tissues. For example, the process is most effective on light skin with dark hair. However, Dr. Bucay has the technology and expertise to address unwanted hair on most skin types.