Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment used to damage the follicles that support unwanted hair. The procedure is performed in an office using a specialized medical laser that delivers a concentrated, pulsating beam of light into the follicle. The energy from this laser causes damage and prevents future growth. These lasers can be used on nearly any area of the body exhibiting unwanted hair growth, such as the legs, bikini line, underarms and upper lip. The only area ineligible for laser hair removal is the skin on and surrounding the eyes. Most patients require multiple laser hair removal treatment sessions to achieve hair-free skin, though results vary from person to person.
Did you know…
that laser hair removal is one of the most requested cosmetic treatments in America? In fact, the frequency of the procedure is at an all-time high – with more than 1 million people opting for laser hair removal treatment in 2012 alone. The procedure’s popularity, efficacy, safety and ease of use have made it an affordable and accessible cosmetic treatment for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for laser hair removal?
You may be a candidate for laser hair removal if you have unwanted body hair. Results vary according to skin type and hair color, with a light skin and dark hair combination achieving the most successful results. However, anyone with dark hair can undergo laser hair removal – including many people with dark skin.
What should I expect during a laser hair removal treatment?
During your laser hair removal sessions, hair along the treatment area will be trimmed to a length that will best respond to treatment. A topical anesthetic will help minimize pain and discomfort during your session. You’ll wear protective goggles as your doctor holds the laser over your skin. The duration of your procedure will depend on the size of your treatment area and may last just a few minutes up to a few hours.
Will I need to do anything to facilitate better results?
You will likely undergo multiple laser hair removal treatments to achieve desirable results. During this time, it will be important for you to avoid exposing your treatment areas to the sun, as tan skin may negate the effects of the laser. You’ll also need to avoid removing your hair via plucking, epilation, waxing or electrolysis, as this can hinder the efficacy of your treatments. Shaving is okay. If you experience discomfort following your laser hair removal treatments, a cold compress, some aloe vera and OTC pain medications can help with symptoms.
Keep in mind that your long-term results are never guaranteed with laser hair removal, and results are not permanent. However, it is possible for many people to achieve an extended hair-free period that can be extended with periodic maintenance treatments.