Shaving areas like your legs is bad enough. Shaving your underarms can be a real pain, literally. Nicks, razor burns, ingrown hair…and then two weeks later you get to do it all over again.
Or, you could lose the underarm hair for good starting this winter at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery. Underarm laser hair removal is one of our most popular procedures, and although our winters aren’t exactly frigid here in Atlanta, this is a great time to have laser hair removal. That way you’ll be ready for summer’s bikinis and sleeveless sundresses. You’ll just be without your underarm hair.
Would I be a good candidate for underarm laser hair removal?
The best candidates are those with excessive or dark hair on their underarms. We can also remove lighter hair colors, but we need to lower the energy level used. Because of this, removing lighter hair colors usually requires additional sessions.
Good candidates understand it will take more than a single laser hair removal session to remove all of their underarm hair. That’s because different hairs can all be in different phases of the hair growth cycle. Only hair in the anagen (growth) phase is affected by laser energy, so additional sessions are necessary to get more and more of the hair in the anagen phase. Also, some hair follicles that are partially damaged may recover and start growing hair again.
Overall, however, 90+ percent permanent hair removal in the underarms is easily achievable.
What do I have to do to get ready?
There are certain medications and supplements that can make your skin tender and these shouldn’t be taken for a period of two weeks before your session. We’ll talk with you about these. Because our underarms are usually hidden, it’s not a problem with the skin being tan. You want the most contrast between skin color and hair color; that’s why tanning beforehand is bad. Don’t pluck or wax your underarm hair, either, as we want the hairs to be actively rooted in the follicle. Shaving beforehand is fine, as shaving only cuts the hair above the follicle.
This has to hurt on my underarms, right?
The efficiency of our lasers ensures your comfort. When the laser energy is delivered, you’ll feel a snapping sensation or a warming sensation. Most patients don’t equate this with pain. Our hair removal lasers have a cooling function that is delivered with every laser pulse. Afterwards you may have some slight redness and inflammation, but this passes quickly and can be handled with a cold compress.
Who wants to keep shaving their underarms? Anyone? Give us a call at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery, (770) 753-0053, and let’s get started on the path to no more razor burns on your underarms.