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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal, Decatur | Dermatology Specialists of AtlantaLaser hair removal is an effective solution and a great personal relief for many patients. They struggle for years with embarrassment about too much body hair, extremely thick brows, hair on ears or knuckles, extremely long or wild stray hairs on the face or body.

Perception of how the world sees too much hair can affect the individual’s intimate relationships or presentation to the world. For instance, a woman may have a genetic predisposition to chin hair or thick, coarse breast or chest hairs. Shaving or plucking these hairs only creates stubble and ingrown hairs. Men may have thick back hair or chest hair that is unattractive by today’s fashion standards. Waxing or shaving this hair adds to their embarrassment about it. Too much hair simply prevents the individual from enjoying life. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith of Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta wants patients to understand how many options are available today! They have one of the best laser hair removal devices on the market and highly recommend it’s effectiveness.

Types of Hair Removal

Manual shaving or chemical depilatory products can cause secondary skin irritations, rashes, allergies, skim bumps, infection, and the maddening need to treat the secondary affects of hair removal. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta are confident that their patients will benefit from using their laser hair removal device as it has proven to be quite effective in reducing or eliminating hair on the legs, chest, arms, underarms, face, chin, neck, bikini line – just about any place on the body that you want to get rid of hair.


According to Mayo Clinic, laser hair removal is a medically approved procedure using the light of a laser (a focused, pulsing light source) to remove hair follicles from the skin. The process works by focusing the light beam onto the skin. The laser then pulses through the skin. The hair follicle is destroyed as a result.

Skin and Hair Pigments

Hair and skin color can affect how well the treatment works, so not all patients are ideal candidates for this treatment. The laser actually best sees lighter skin, or skin with less melanin in it. Melanin is the pigment responsible for an individual’s skin color. Darker skin actually absorbs light from the laser, diverting it from the targeted follicles.


Each patient’s time between hair removal treatments varies. Hair density, texture, coarseness, and the patient’s skin and hair color may affect how well the treatment works. Patients with very coarse or thick hair may need more treatments to achieve desired results.

There is minimal pain associated with this hair removal method. Some patients report slight tingling or stinging that passes quickly as the laser moves over the skin. A pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may be prescribed for some patients before receiving a laser treatment.

Patients with dark hair and lighter skin may have the greatest success with this hair removal method. Patients with light hair on their head, with light skin and dark brown or black body hair, may also find this method works for them. The Hair Removal Journal reports that patients with light red, light brown, blonde, or white hair report often report that treatments don’t work as well.


The number of treatments is determined by multiple factors. A waiting or rest period of three to twelve weeks is recommended between each treatment. This is because of the way hair grows. Some patient’s experience a disconcerting sense of instant regrowth after any hair removal treatment. The hair system within each pore may include multiple hairs, each of which is at a different stage of growth.

Although some patients achieve permanent hair loss with this hair removal method, most require maintenance treatments every three to six months afterwards. The goals of achieving smooth, silky skin and much slower hair regrowth are possible. Professional hair removal frees many individuals from any concerns about excess hair. They enjoy wearing bathing suits, shorts, or any clothing they prefer, sometimes for the first time.


Laser hair removal is a safe process. Lasers have been developed and tested for patients over many decades. Researchers first used lasers for hair removal in the late 1960s. Some individuals experience blisters and resulting crusting or scabbing of skin after treatments. It’s important to prepare the skin according to Dr. Kathleen J. Smith’s instructions prior to treatment. Some patients may experience a lightened or darkened skin. Hair regrowth is likely to be thinner and finer over time.


Hair removal is a very big deal for many patients. Most temporary methods of hair removal just don’t work for those with very heavy, coarse, or dense hair. Patients in and around the greater Atlanta area don’t need to suffer another moment with concerns about hair removal or too much hair. Those living in and around North Decatur, Doraville, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, or North Atlanta, GA can benefit from technology and a triple board certified dermatology practice. Don’t put this off. Contact Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta at 678-904-4932.

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