Laser Hair Removal

We provide free laser hair removal consultations!

Laser Hair Removal Roanoke VA

Permanently Reduce Unwanted Hair

Do you have unsightly hair in areas that you would rather not have? Believe it or not, most of us do, to some extent or another. Say goodbye to shaving, waxing, tweezing and to those pesky uncomfortable inflamed bumps (pseudofolliculitis) that can arise from such practices of trying to rid yourself of unwanted hair.

With the CYNOSURE APOGEE ELITE laser that provides both Alexandrite laser at 755nm wavelength and Nd:Yag laser at 1064nm wavelength, we can safely and effectively treat darker skin types, as well as lighter skin colors. With our Zimmer cooler, the treatment is very comfortable, compared to the experiences shared with us by our patients who have had laser hair removal elsewhere.

For people who are tired of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal has become the preferred option—and a beautiful solution. Hair removal continues to be the #1 requested energy-based aesthetic treatment.

We provide free laser hair removal consultations!

How Does it Work?

Laser hair removal treatment utilizes a concentrated beam of light (laser) aimed at targeting the stem cells in the follicle.  The laser light energy converts to heat which is absorbed by the dark hair pigment.  Heat builds up and is transferred to the adjacent stem cells thus destroying them.  Without the stem cells, the follicle will be unable to produce any more hair.

Common treatment locations for laser hair removal include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area — except the eyelid or surrounding area.

Results are fairly predictable, though can vary from person to person based on genetic tendency.  Multiple treatments are needed as only a percentage of the hair is in the active growing phase at any one time, which is the phase that responds to the laser light.  Repeated treatments are scheduled to coincide with another group of hairs being in the active growing phase. Through time periodic maintenance treatments may be needed.

We provide free laser hair removal consultations!

What Are The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal?

Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from your body. The benefits include:

  • Provides long-lasting results
  • Can treat many areas of the body
  • Relieves the need to pluck, wax, and shave
  • Saves time and skin irritation associated with other hair removal methods

What areas can be treated?

Most often people seek to remove excess hair in the following areas:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Bikini area
  • Stomach or abdomen
  • Upper lip area
  • Underarms
  • Back
  • Legs

Important Facts to Know about Laser Hair Removal

  • Light skin requires 3-6+ treatments typically, with darker skin often requiring more
  • Best candidate for laser/light hair removal has light skin and dark hair
  • Darker skin colors require the appropriate type laser wavelength to be treated safely and effectively and differs from what works best for lighter skin
  • Laser does not work for blonde, gray, or very light red hair
  • Treatments are spaced 4-6 weeks apart, depending on area treated
  • Do not wax or pluck hair for 4 weeks before treatment.
  • No need to stop bleaching hair before laser hair treatments
  • Shave hair close to skin surface prior to each treatment
  • Need to be at baseline skin color at time of treatment (no tan)
  • No self-tanner 2 weeks prior to each treatment
  • Sun protection of treated area critical for 4-6 weeks after each treatment
  • Dormant hair follicles escape the laser and may not grow hair until a later date, at which time maintenance treatments can be performed.
  • The most popular areas of treatment in our office are axillae (armpits) bikini area, upper lip, and chin; however practically any area can be treated except around the eyes.
  • If there is a hormonal abnormality leading to excessive hair growth in a woman, medical treatment should be started before laser treatment for best results. A medical dermatology appointment to assess for such a problem (if suspected) is needed and covered by insurance, whereas laser hair removal is not covered by insurance.