What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser photo epilation (intense pulsed light or “IPL”) uses high-energy pulses of energy to remove unwanted hair from the face, back, legs, bikini line, and other areas without damaging the nearby tissue. These pulses of light are absorbed by hair follicles’ pigment. The light transforms into heat that’s then absorbed by the skin, resulting in the follicle being destroyed. This causes the follicles’ growth to slow down dramatically.

Key Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

  • Convenience
  • Always-ready-to-go skin
  • No more razor burn or irritation
  • Precise results
  • Quick treatments
  • Long-lasting results

Why Choose Laser Hair Removal?

Waxing, shaving, and tweezing unwanted hair can be very time-consuming, expensive, and even painful — especially if you have a lot of body hair. Laser hair removal offers an alternative to these traditional methods. After a series of laser hair removal treatments in Baton Rouge, you’ll have hair-free skin that’s always ready to be shown off. Just about any area can be treated.

IPL for Hair Removal

At Stephens Plastic Surgery + Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge, we use IPL for hair removal. IPL technology isn’t actually a laser treatment, although it’s commonly referred as “laser hair removal” because it’s very similar to a laser. Instead of a laser, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths.

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Getting Ready for Your Treatment

Here are some helpful pointers to help your laser hair removal treatment be as efficient as possible.

  • No tanning of any kind for several weeks before your treatment
  • No bronzers or spray-on tanning products for one week before your treatment
  • Try to avoid sun exposure, preferably for 4-6 weeks before your treatment
  • Shave the area before your treatment
  • Be sure to have the treatment area clean of any creams, moisturizers, deodorants, etc. before your treatment
  • No plucking or waxing hair in the area for one month before your treatment, or in between treatments
  • Inform us of any medications or supplements you’re taking

What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

First, the treatment area will be cleansed. If you have any stray hairs in the area, they will be shaved. You will be given protective eye shields to protect your eyes from the flashes of light, and a cold gel will be applied to your skin. 

Next, your specialist will move the IPL handpiece back and forth across the treatment area. Your hair beneath the skin’s surface will absorb the energy and heat up, becoming loose from the follicles and eventually falling out. 

IPL is believed by many to be a more comfortable treatment than actual laser hair removal treatments.The sensation is typically described as a small “pinging” or “snapping” on the skin with an elastic band. Any discomfort is normally at its most noticeable during the first treatment. The less hair there is, the less painful it becomes.

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Downtime After Laser Hair Removal

You’ll be able to return to work and regular activities immediately after the procedure. Hair shedding begins immediately and is long-lasting, with some permanent thinning. Several treatments will be needed for optimal results. 

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Why Choose Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge?

If you’re interested in laser hair removal with IPL in Baton Rouge, we invite you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with our staff. Skincare Aesthetics of Baton Rouge is a professional, private, patient-centric plastic surgery and medical spa practice where we take care of you in a warm and dedicated manner. We are passionate about what we do, and it’s our goal to safely help you meet your aesthetic needs and goals when you’re with us. Reach out today to find out more about laser hair removal.

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