Be hair-free and carefree with professional hair removal technologies for lasting, smooth skin
As a boutique specialty practice, Kirsch Dermatology in Naples, Florida, strives to provide thoughtful, compassionate, and advanced care to all. Our approach to removing excess or unwanted hair complements this fundamental principle. We use laser and light-based devices as a well-tolerated, efficient, safe, precise, and hassle-free alternative to razors, waxing, tweezing, depilatory creams, and a range of stressful, time-consuming OTC hair reduction methods. Our professional approach further supports lasting results and is of great value. It is also a preferred alternative to other, more time-consuming, and uncomfortable professional hair removal techniques, such as electrolysis.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal presents one type of light-based treatment for unwanted hair. Laser therapy involves directing one wavelength of light toward the targeted treatment area. Other light-based therapies include “phototherapy” or BroadBand Light (BBL). BBL treatment uses a broad spectrum of intense pulsed light (IPL). BBL filters the light to provide a more targeted treatment.
All light-based hair removal technologies generally work in the same way; the light that is generated targets the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the hair bulb. Hair grows in cycles. The bulb is formed by actively-growing cells that produce hair fibers. The melanocytes produce the pigment or melanin that gives hair its color. As the melanin absorbs the light, the cells heat up and destroy the hair bulb. So, hair can no longer grow in the treatment area once the bulb has been destroyed.
What Can Laser Hair Removal Treat?
These forms of hair removal may be appropriate for women and men with unwanted hair on the face and body. “Treatable” areas include:
- Upper lip and face
- Bikini line
Earlier-generation laser and light-based systems formerly worked best on patients with light skin and dark hair. Due to technological innovations, more skin types (including those patients with darker complexions) can now be effectively treated without the risk of problems such as hypopigmentation following treatment. Understanding the root cause of conditions such as hirsutism is also important. Women with elevated levels of male hormones (androgen) may have underlying conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which require treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?
The products available at the store, from waxes to razors, are not treatments. They merely provide smooth skin for a short time before the hair grows back. Professional care at Kirsch Dermatology actually treats unwanted hair by disrupting the growth process. Instead of spending untold hours on “short-term solutions,” you can enjoy long-term hair removal with a handful of visits to our comfortable office. With the application of a numbing gel, treatment is well-tolerated, even in sensitive areas. You spend less time in our office and more time enjoying your hair-free skin due to the ability of our technologies to target and quickly treat hair follicles. Earlier-generation procedures, such as electrolysis, involved painstakingly treating each hair follicle, one at a time.
What Does It Feel Like After Treatment?
Side effects are generally minor and temporary. You may notice redness and swelling, similar to a mild sunburn. These effects usually resolve in around one to three days. A cold compress helps to soothe the treated area. To avoid possible changes to skin color and other lasting effects, it is critical to follow all instructions provided by our team. Importantly, avoid direct sunlight and the use of tanning beds and sun lamps.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
The number of treatment sessions varies from patient to patient. Treatment plans depend on factors such as the size of the area to be treated and the number of areas that require treatment. For most patients, anywhere from two to ten treatments can be necessary. These sessions may be scheduled every four to six weeks. For best results from permanent hair reduction, we highly recommend at least four treatments. A series of treatments are needed mainly because of the cyclical nature of hair growth.
We look forward to discussing your specific situation during a consultation.
When Will I See Results?
Treatment outcomes are also patient-specific. While most patients notice some improvement immediately after their first treatment session, results throughout treatment depend on factors such as the color and thickness of your hair, as well as the color of your skin. After the first treatment, hair may be reduced by 10% to 25%. Most of our patients also love how hair re-growth is much finer and lighter than before treatment.
Contact Dr. Brandon Kirsch of Kirsch Dermatology
Get a new lease on life with easy, long-term hair reduction at Kirsch Dermatology in Naples, FL. Call (239) 300-9767 to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, you may request an appointment from this website.