Dr. Timothy Mountcastle, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia, offers his patients Palomar Icon Aesthetic (PIA) laser hair removal system that uses pulses of laser light to target and eradicate unwanted hair. The laser travels through the skin to hit the hair follicle, permanently abolishing it. Patients will generally need more than one session, especially for larger areas of the body. PIA laser hair removal treatments at our Mountcastle Medical Spa & Laser Center in Ashburn, VA can painlessly remove up to 80-100% of the hair in a particular area. Women commonly request this for their legs, bikini area, underarms and face. Men ask for laser hair removal on the back, chest, legs, arms and face.
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"As a medical professional, i turned to fellow doctors and nurses for recommendations and Mountcastle Medical Spa was the unanimous vote. I was not disappointed with the service and treatment outcome and would highly recommend their services. Maria's professionalism, her friendly and kind personality, along with her expertise are all the qualities i could hope for in a medical professional."- C.B. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2017
"This morning I went with son for his follow up appointment and in the follow up Dr Mountcastle was very clear about the secondary surgery for my son's third nipple which had to be removed. Dr said there will be scar after the second surgery so my son gave OK for the surgery n it took a quick five minutes to finish the surgery and my son went back to school. It was great experience with the visit I would recommend anyone to the Dr Mountcastle for their treatment."- M.A. / Facebook / Oct 10, 2017
"The staff is FANTASTIC. They are very good at communicating. The Dr is excellent at doing fine work. I will admit, it would be nicer if you felt like he wasn't always in such a rush to move to the next patient but outside of that I am thrilled with the work and very impressed with how efficient his staff is!"- C.W. / Google / Oct 08, 2017
"I was referred to Dr. Mountcastle by my dermatologist. I was nervous but once I arrived at the office; I really felt very comfortable with him and his staff. I would totally recommend them. They were professional, polite and very easy to understand and talk to about my problem. Thank you so much!"- D.B. / Facebook / Oct 04, 2017
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
During laser hair removal, the surgeon will place a laser vacuum directly on top of the skin where the hair resides to draw the skin into the hand held piece of equipment. The device stretches and pulls the skin thin so the energy source can target the melanin in the hair. During this process, the follicles absorb the heat the laser beam emits, which damages the follicle and makes it difficult for the hair to grow back. Most patients are able to achieve results in a 30-45 minute session that occurs once every 3-4 weeks over the course of several months.
What to Expect
Throughout the procedure, patients will feel slight pressure as the device is pulling up the skin. However, the laser beam itself only feels like a light sting. Most devices are made with a cooling sequence that occurs between the laser pulses, which helps ease discomfort and reduce the chance of unwanted side effects. There are multiple laser hair removal vacuum devices on the market today that come in different sizes depending on the size of the area being treated. The laser technology will depend on what works best with your hair texture and skin type.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $50 - $400
- Procedure Recovery Location
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
Anyone with unwanted hair is a candidate for laser hair removal. However, individuals with darker hair and lighter skin often experience better results. The number of sessions that will be required to produce the desired results will depend on the thickness of hair, how much hair exists in an area, color of the hair, and what the ultimate goal is. Individuals with lighter colored hair may require more treatments.
Why so Many Sessions?
Hair growth occurs in cycles. Some hairs may be in the middle of their growth phase during the treatment session, while others may be dormant. Spreading out the treatment allows the dormant hairs to grow and gives the area time so that all of the hairs are eventually targeted during treatment. Between treatments, the hairs that do grow can be shaved because the follicle is not affected.
What is the Recovery?
Laser hair removal results in zero downtime. The skin will be pink and a tingling sensation may reside on the treated area for a couple of hours after treatment. Patients can leave their appointment and go directly back to work.
Will the Hair Grow Back?
Laser hair removal is considered a solid solution for hair removal, however it is referred to as semi-permanent. There can still be some hair growth that occurs where the laser technology did not hit. Therefore, even though the majority of the hair will be gone, some hairs can still pop up. Patients find that these are tremendously easier to manage than before the original treatments. Additional laser hair removal treatments can also be scheduled to take care of these as well.