Laser Hair Removal

Ferguson Family Practice

Family Medicine & Occupational Medicine located in San Marcos, TX

Razors, waxing, and tweezing do help you get rid of unwanted hair, but these methods are a hassle and inconvenient. With laser hair removal offered at Ferguson Family Practice in San Marcos, Texas, eliminate this hair for good. Ashley Ferguson, RN, FNP-C, oversees a team that expertly applies laser energy to destroy hair follicles so you get permanently smooth skin. Call the office or book online to learn more about laser hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal involves the application of light energy to your skin. The energy penetrates your outer layers of dermis to target the pigment in the hair follicles that lie beneath. The heat destroys the follicles, so hair can no longer grow.

Laser hair removal effectively reduces 85-90% of hair in a treatment area. This means you can say “good-bye” to razors and waxing appointments.

What areas can laser hair removal treat?

Almost anywhere on your body where you have unwanted hair can be treated with laser hair removal. Talk to the providers at Ferguson Family Practice about your goals for hair removal on your:

  • Chest and back
  • Chin and upper lip
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line
  • Arms and legs

Both men and women benefit from laser hair removal.

What should I do in advance of laser hair removal sessions?

Prior to laser hair removal, you can shave but do not wax or pluck because removing hair from the root makes the laser unable to target the follicle. You’ll need to avoid the sun for about six weeks prior to your session. Tanned skin doesn’t respond as well to laser hair removal.

What should I expect during a laser hair removal session?

The laser device causes some warmth and prickling sensations as it glides along your skin. No anesthetic or topical numbing creams are necessary. After treatment, you’re offered ice packs and cooling gels to soothe your skin.

How much downtime follows laser hair removal?

No downtime is necessary following laser hair removal treatments. You have no restriction on activity and can return to work immediately afterward.

Do avoid tanning and sun exposure after laser hair removal. Your skin is temporarily extra sensitive to ultraviolet rays.

How many sessions will I need for successful results?

The location and density of your hair and your skin type determine how many sessions you’ll need. You usually receive treatments until your hair stops growing, which typically takes 3-7 sessions.

Multiple sessions are necessary because hair grows in cycles. To be effective, the laser must address hair that’s in a growth cycle.

To schedule your laser hair removal sessions, call the office or use the online tool.