What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Inflammation, burning, and pustules are all common symptoms of folliculitis. This uncomfortable condition is often caused by bacterial colonization of ingrown hairs resulting from shaving or waxing. Thankfully, help in the form of laser hair removal is available. At Helena Dermatology, we proudly provide the ICON laser system for the treatment of folliculitis. ICON laser hair removal involves the use of powerful light-based technology that works by targeting and destroying hair follicles, thereby reducing the risk of future ingrown hairs.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The ICON hair removal procedure involves the use of a handheld device with a smooth glass surface. This handpiece targets the infected hair follicles individually, delivering heat that destroys them at the root. While heat from the ICON handpiece targets your hair follicles, the system simultaneously employs cooling energy. The simultaneous release of cool energy protects tissue surrounding the treatment area. This dual action keeps patients comfortable for the duration of the session.
What Does Laser Hair Removal Address?
Medical laser hair removal addresses folliculitis at its source by permanently removing hair follicles and reducing hair density. ICON laser hair removal is also an excellent choice for aesthetic treatments. The ICON’s versatility allows for hair removal on the face, back, chest, arms, underarms, bikini area, and legs. Our sister practice, Montana Aesthetics, will happily provide you with this service.
What to Expect During Treatment
When you arrive at Helena Dermatology, we will take the time to evaluate your skin to determine the cause of your symptoms. If your condition is indeed folliculitis, we will use the ICON laser treatment to address it. The laser handpiece that will be used against your skin has a chill tip to cool the treatment area before and after the laser pulse. This effect significantly reduces pain and makes the entire 15-30 minute treatment quite tolerable. Most people feel only a slight, momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure. After your session, you will be free to return home and go about the rest of your day.
Results From Hair Removal
After your treatment is complete, a cold compress will be applied to your skin for several minutes to cool it down. It typically takes at least three to five treatments to achieve maximum treatment results. After your treatment sessions, you can expect significant reduction in hair growth at the treatment site. Unfortunately, blonde and gray hair cannot be treated with laser hair removal. A decrease in hair growth will allow for easier treatment of the infection and relief from your symptoms. Follow-up sessions may be needed to ensure your skin remains healthy for the long term.
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Laser Hair Removal in Helena, MT
Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. Folliculitis is a difficult condition to deal with, but luckily, laser hair treatments are available to address this condition. Visit our Helena, MT center to take advantage of our ICON treatments today. To schedule an appointment, please fill out the form below or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.