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Laser hair removal is effective for all skin types and tones.

Unwanted body hair can be frustrating, especially when you have to shave constantly to address the issue. At ReNova Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, PADr. 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. Laser hair removal can dramatically reduce hair in targeted areas, and is effective for treating all skin types and tones.

Who is a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

Anyone who wishes to diminish the appearance of body hair can qualify for laser hair removal. Men and women alike enjoy the numerous benefits of this procedure. Common areas of treatment include the chest, back, legs, arms, face, bikini line, groin area, and underarms. Fair-skinned patients who have dark hair will especially enjoy the dramatic difference laser hair removal can offer.

Although it can take a few treatments to notice the full effect, most patients notice a drastic difference after just one session.

Those wishing to undergo laser hair removal should avoid tweezing or plucking hair for at least six weeks before their scheduled treatment. Candidates should also avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds during this time.

Laser Hair Removal Treatment Process

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.

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.

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.

Schedule a Consultation with Us

If you are embarrassed about the appearance of body hair, laser hair removal may be a solution for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez, contact us online or call our office at (412) 638-2391.


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