Unwanted hair is a problem that always finds a way to come back. Shave it, wax it, or strip it, it still grows back in a week or two. What’s worse, it’s often messy, and the pain may be unbearable. Why hasn’t anyone found a way to treat unwanted hair so it doesn’t come back? Happily, they have – and we offer it at our facility in The Woodlands.
ICON Laser Hair Removal
The ICON laser hair-removal system provided by Cynosure offers many capabilities. Not only can it reduce wrinkles, spider veins, scars, and stretch marks, it can also remove unwanted body and facial hair within a short period of time. It uses a combination of intense pulsed light (IPL) and fractional laser energy for this purpose.
Lasers produce parallel rays of light. The wavelength and strength of a laser depends on the purpose for which it is used. For hair reduction, the laser technology is precisely calibrated to the ideal wavelength and strength.
How does the ICON system work to remove unwanted hair while avoiding damage to other tissues? Based on the skin tone and hair color of the patient, we decide which treatment would be more effective, laser or IPL. The ICON system also provides an additional Melanin Reader, which will help Houston dermatologist Dr. Anita Gill detect the exact skin type so that the appropriate device can be selected.
The ICON handpiece is then placed over the area where hair is to be removed. Intense light beams are delivered in pulses on the skin. The wavelength of the light is such that it is absorbed only by melanin in the hair follicles. As a result, the follicles heat up within a fraction of a second. This damages them, leaving the surrounding skin free from any damage.
As an additional precaution, cooling systems are also provided in the device to keep the skin cool and the patient comfortable. After one area is treated, Dr. Gill moves the device to the next area, taking care to avoid overlap.
Benefits of Hair Removal Using the ICON System
ICON hair removal from Houston dermatologist Dr. Gill offers a number of benefits over other methods:
• Fast – Depending upon the area covered, the ICON hair-reduction treatment takes only a few minutes to complete.
• Effective – Unlike traditional methods like waxing and shaving, hair removal with ICON ensures that with every session, hair growth is reduced considerably until unwanted hair in the area disappears.
• Relatively painless – Gone are the days when the thought of hair removal brought tears to the eyes. The most pain felt with the ICON system can be compared to the pinch of a rubber-band snap. It’s nothing that a topical anesthetic can’t protect from, if necessary.
Arrange a Hair-Removal Consultation in The Woodlands
To find out more about our hair-removal treatments, contact our office and schedule a consultation. With the ICON laser hair-removal system and the help of skilled dermatologist Dr. Gill, those pesky hairs won’t be coming back anytime soon!