Laser Hair Removal

Kirk Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Smyrna, DE

Conventional hair removal methods, such as shaving and waxing, are a hassle. Remove hair for good with the Icon® laser system offered at Kirk Family Practice in Smyrna, Delaware. Deborah Kirk, MD, offers this alternative, efficient way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin. Call the office to take advantage of this lasting hair removal solution.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does Icon work for laser hair removal?

Icon light-based technology destroys the hair follicles responsible for hair growth, but you experience no damage to the surrounding skin. Icon can be used for hair removal on a variety of skin types.

Each treatment is completed in just 10-30 minutes depending on the area treated. Laser hair removal reduces 85-90% of hair in a given treatment area.

What areas can be treated with a laser for hair removal?

Icon can be used just about anywhere you have unwanted hair. Common areas of treatment include:

  • Bikini line
  • Arms and legs
  • Chest and back
  • Underarms
  • Upper lip and chin

Both men and women can benefit from laser hair removal.

How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

You can shave prior to treatment, but don’t wax or pluck, as you need the hair root intact for the laser to work. Avoid sun exposure for approximately six weeks prior to treatment because tanned skin isn’t as receptive to laser hair removal technology.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

Your skin type and density influence your laser hair removal treatment plan. Dr. Kirk generally recommends you receive treatments until your hair stops growing, which usually happens in about three to seven sessions.

Because hair grows in cycles, you need multiple sessions to target the hair follicles when they’re in the growth cycle.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

Most people tolerate laser hair removal well without any topical anesthetic. It does cause some warmth and prickling sensations though. You may be offered cooling ice packs following a treatment to ease any discomfort.

Does laser hair removal require downtime?

No downtime is necessary following laser hair removal sessions. You can go right back to work or daily chores immediately afterward. Any redness in the treated areas goes away in a few hours.

You’ll need to avoid the sun following laser hair removal, as your skin is temporarily more sensitive to ultraviolet rays.

To learn how you can get smooth, hair-free skin without the inconvenience of traditional hair removal methods, call Kirk Family Practice.