Ingrown Hair Removal
Ingrown hairs can be annoying and painful. Sometimes, these hairs leave behind dark spots and scars. In our New York City laser hair removal facility, our clients can eliminate their ongoing struggle with ingrown hair.
What Is an Ingrown Hair?
Ingrown hairs are strands of hair that reenter the skin while growing back in after being shaved, waxed, or otherwise temporarily removed. It isn’t the growing in process that makes an ingrown hair problematic; it’s that the hair may get trapped somehow (usually curly or coarse hair) and the tissue around it becomes inflamed.
An ingrown hair may cause uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Redness or other hyperpigmentation
- Papules, which are small, solid bumps
- Pustules, or small bumps filled with fluid
- Ingrown hairs may become embedded beneath the skin
What Causes Ingrown Hairs?
Any grooming of the hair on the face, head, or body could lead to ingrown hairs. Experts suggest that removal methods which pull hair from follicles, such as tweezing, could increase the risk for abnormal growth. The pattern of hair growth and characteristics of the hair itself may also present risks. For example, the coil of curly or coarse hairs may provoke reentry into the skin during the growing-in phase.
Common Areas Effected by Ingrown Hairs
Men tend to get ingrown hairs on the chin, cheeks, and neck. Men who shave their head or other areas of the body may also see ingrown hairs in these places. Women may get ingrown hairs in the bikini area, the armpits, legs, chin and neck.
Mens Ingrown Hair Laser Hair Removal
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ingrown Hair Removal?
Ingrown hair removal treatment may be necessary if the ingrown hair does not dislodge on its own and is causing uncomfortable symptoms or infection. A doctor may need to treat this condition with antibiotics or by manually removing the troublesome hair.
Any person who experiences recurrent ingrown hairs may be a good candidate for laser hair removal. This approach can achieve long-term results because laser energy disables hair follicles, so they are no longer productive. Where there is no hair growing in, there are no ingrown hairs.
The Ingrown Laser Hair Removal Process
Lasers are commonly used to dramatically reduce the amount of hair growth that occurs in a given area, such as the chin or the bikini line. More than a one-time treatment for ingrown hairs, laser hair removal is performed to permanently affect further hair growth cycles.
Laser hair removal is a systematic method of treating unwanted hair to achieve semi-permanent results. Most people who choose this technique no longer require grooming to get rid of hair. However, stray hairs may grow back occasionally. Depending on the extent of recurrent hair growth, touch up treatments may be performed periodically.
The way that laser hair removal works is by emitting low-energy laser light from a handpiece that is moved across the skin. This energy permeates hundreds of hair follicles simultaneously, where light targets the pigment in the strands of hair that are in the follicle. When the light comes into contact with the hair, it becomes heat, and the thermal energy that develops disables the hair follicle.
Ingrown Laser Hair Removal Before and After Photos
How Many Laser Treatments Will I Need?
Several factors determine how many laser treatments may be needed to achieve long-term benefits. Most people can obtain their desired outcome with 4 to 8 sessions scheduled several weeks apart. More attention may be needed depending on overall thickness and resilience of the hair.
Each laser treatment disrupts hair that is in the anagen, or active, growth phase. Hair still exists in telogen (resting) and catagen (regression) stages and cannot be affected by laser energy until the active growth phase is reached.
Ingrown Laser Hair Removal Patient Testimonial
I had laser before at different facilities with no visible success. One of my friends recommended Romeo & Juliette laser hair removal. I had stubborn ingrown on my bikini which there has been forever. Within two visits, I had an amazing results. They are definitely worth the price.
Luxury N. – July 2017
How to Prepare for Ingrown Hair Removal?
There are not many precautions that need to be taken before laser hair removal. Depending on our discussion during your initial consultation, we may suggest that you:
- Avoid sun exposure and excessive tanning prior to your hair removal process.
- Avoid smoking while going through treatment. It is best to stop smoking six weeks before laser hair removal.
- Stop waxing and plucking before laser hair removal treatment. Electrolysis should also be stopped. Shaving is acceptable because it leaves hair in the follicle to absorb laser energy.
- Avoid certain supplements, anti-inflammatory medications, and aspirin for the few days before laser appointments.
Schedule a Consultation
People who are frequently faced with ingrown hairs can dramatically improve the condition of their skin when they choose laser hair removal. To learn more about our treatment process, contact our office at (212) 750-2000 to schedule a consultation today.