Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Oasis Skincare

Patricia Riddle, MD

Medical Spa & Weight Management located in Orangeburg, SC & Summerville, SC

If you’re tired of waxing, shaving, tweezing, and plucking, laser hair removal is for you. This efficient procedure permanently reduces unwanted hair on just about any location on your body. Patricia Riddle, MD, and her team at Oasis Skincare offer laser hair removal at their offices in Summerville and Orangeburg, South Carolina. Call the office or schedule an appointment on this website to say goodbye to inefficient methods of hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal Q & A

How does laser hair removal work?

Heat energy from a laser passes through the superficial levels of your skin to target the underlying hair follicles. When these follicles reach a key temperature, they’re rendered inactive and can no longer produce hair. The laser does no damage to the outer layers of the skin.

Where can laser hair removal be applied?

Just about anywhere on your body where you have unwanted hair can be treated with a laser for hair removal. These include your:

  • Upper lip and chin
  • Underarms
  • Back and chest
  • Arms and legs
  • Bikini area

Both men and women can enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal.

How many sessions will I need to effectively reduce hair growth?

Exactly how many sessions you’ll need depends on your hair density, skin type, and hair type. Most people need at least six treatments and often several more.

Hair grows in cycles, and the laser is most effective on hair follicles that are in the active growth phase. It takes several sessions spaced about a month apart to treat all follicles while they’re in this phase.

You’ll notice only minimal results after your first session. The collection of sessions makes it so hair appears thinner and grows more slowly. Eventually, it stops growing altogether.

Is laser hair removal painful?

At Oasis Skincare, the team does everything possible for you to experience minimal discomfort during a laser hair removal session, but you do feel the heat and a prickling sensation during treatment. If you’re concerned about discomfort, talk to the providers about receiving a topical numbing cream prior to your session. Ice packs are offered after treatment, too.

How should I prepare for my laser hair removal appointment?

Tanned skin is less receptive to laser hair removal technology, so avoid tanning in the six weeks prior to your treatment. You need to avoid direct sun exposure after your sessions, as your skin is temporarily extra sensitive to ultraviolet rays.

Is downtime necessary after laser hair removal?

You can go back to all of your regular activities following laser hair removal sessions. The procedure is noninvasive and results in only minimal side effects, such as temporary reddening of the skin and light swelling.

If you’re ready to have smooth, hair-free skin for good, call Oasis Skincare or schedule via this website.