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February 22, 2019
Category: Dermal Procedures
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Facial Laser Hair RemovalAre you tired of shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hairs? Laser hair removal may offer a better solution. Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington offer the popular hair removal treatment at Alamo Heights Dermatology.

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal targets the pigment that gives your hair its color. Laser light heats the pigment, damaging the hair follicles and also slowing the growth of new hairs. The lasers your Alamo Heights dermatologist use generate very thin light beams to ensure that only hair follicles are targeted, not surrounding skin. Laser hair removal is most effective if you're a brunette. It may not be as helpful if you have blonde, red or white hair.

Does laser hair removal just work on the face?

Although laser hair removal is an excellent option if you have unwanted hair on your face, it can also be used to remove hair on other parts of your body. The treatment offers an effective way to get rid of hair on your neck, back, shoulders, arms, underarms, legs, ears, chest and bikini area.

How long do treatments take?

The length of your laser hair removal session will vary depending on the amount of hair that will be removed. If you want to remove a few hairs on your chin, your session may only take a few minutes. Removal of a large amount of hair on the back or legs can take longer. You'll need to schedule multiple sessions over the course of a few months, as some hairs will be in a dormant cycle during your first treatment. In a few weeks, those hairs will become active and can then be removed.

Is laser hair removal treatment painful?

As the laser light reaches the hair follicles, you may feel a slight stinging substance. Before your treatment begins, your skin doctor will apply a cooling gel to minimize any discomfort. Your skin may be a little red for one to two days following your treatment, but you can decrease redness and discomfort by using ice packs and applying anti-inflammatory cream.

Are you ready to improve your appearance with laser hair removal? Call Alamo Heights, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington of Alamo Heights Dermatology at (210) 255-8477 to schedule your appointment.

May 24, 2018
Category: Dermatology

Laser Hair RemovalDon’t let unwanted hair make you embarrassed. Find out how laser treatment can help.


Spring is upon us and pretty soon we are going to be basking in those gloriously warm summer days. Of course, if you find yourself a little embarrassed to sport those shorts or a bathing suit because of unwanted hair, turn to our San Antonio, TX, dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington for a simple laser procedure that could just give you the smooth skin you want this summer.

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal provides our patients here in San Antonio, TX, with a fast, effective and non-invasive way to remove dark, thick and unwanted hair. When the laser is directed over the skin, it safely penetrates through the skin to heat up the hair follicles. The laser’s heat will ultimately destroy the hair follicle to prevent hair from growing back.

How will the procedure work?

The length of your treatment will depend on what area or areas you wish to treat. Laser hair removal is great for everything from unwanted facial hair to armpit hair, back and chest hair and even your delicate bikini line.

In fact, this laser treatment can be used virtually anywhere on the body. The procedure can last anywhere from a couple of minutes (upper lip) to an hour (full back), depending on the size of the area we are treating.

How many sessions will I need?

How many hair removal sessions you undergo will depend on several factors including the thickness of your hair and the area (or areas) we are treating. Certain regions like the lip or chin may only require a single session while the back, chest, legs or other more extensive areas of the body may require up to five sessions or more.

Is laser hair removal right for me?

If you have thick, dark unwanted hair then you could be the perfect candidate for laser hair removal. Before coming in for an evaluation it is important to recognize that there is a difference between this treatment option and electrolysis. Laser hair removal is not permanent, meaning that it will greatly reduce the amount of hair that grows back but it won’t be able to completely remove all hair.

While electrolysis can provide permanent results, the process takes significantly longer since it treats each hair follicle separately. If you are looking for an easy, simple approach to getting smoother skin, laser hair removal may be the best option for you.

Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, boasts comprehensive, quality dermatological care. No matter whether you want to find out if laser hair removal is right for you or you want to chat about the other services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

September 01, 2017
Category: Dermal Procedures
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Laser Hair RemovalExcess facial or body hair can be troublesome for both men and women. Although common, removal methods such as shaving and waxing are temporary, time consuming, painful and often yield poor results. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for long-lasting, convenient hair reduction via laser hair removal.

With the use of advanced laser technology, your dermatologist can treat most areas of unwanted hair successfully, conveniently and with fewer complications than other methods. Professional laser treatment is a non-invasive approach to permanent reduction of hair, which can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a short period of time.

In-Office Laser Hair Removal

Performed by an expert dermatologist, laser hair removal works by penetrating the skin with controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the hair follicles.  Without damaging the skin and with minimal patient discomfort, the laser energy destroys the hair follicles and significantly impedes their ability to re-grow. Following treatment, patients enjoy smooth, soft skin and a long-lasting reduction in unwanted hair.

Since hair grows in cycles, the total number of required treatment sessions varies by patient skin type, hair color and hair coarseness. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip and the bikini area. Darker-colored hair is typically more responsive to laser treatment than light colored hair.

It’s important that you always choose an experienced dermatologist for hair removal to ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency. Your dermatologist will discuss the best laser hair removal options for your specific skin type, needs and expectations.   

Visit our practice for a successful diagnosis and treatment for excess hair and experience the long-lasting results available with laser hair removal.