Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to reduce unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line and legs.
Although there are many temporary treatments, including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing, to reduce unwanted hair, patients seeking more permanent and less irritating/painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair reduction. Through what is a safe and usually painless procedure, hair can be reduced from nearly any area of the body (the eye area is an exception because of the possibility of serious eye damage).
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is the safest, most effective method used to permanently remove unwanted hair. Lasers have been in use for laser hair removal since 1997. Treatments are quick and easy, and lasers are safe. The heat energy from each laser pulse is optimized and specific so that the skin does not absorb it. Due to the fact that human hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments are required at intervals of a minimum of 8 weeks apart. The lasers designed for hair removal can be used on most parts of the body. Including but not limited to the back, bikini area, chest, face (especially the upper lip & chin) neck, shoulders and legs.
Before and After
What happens during laser hair removal?
Before the treatment, the area to be treated will be cleansed. Some patients receive a numbing gel. Numbing the area to be treated helps, when a small area will be treated and the skin is very sensitive. It takes about 30-60 minutes for the numbing gel to work. The laser treatment will take place in a room set up specifically for laser treatments. Everyone in the room must wear protective eye wear during the procedure. To preform the procedure the skin is held taut and the skin with the laser. Many patients say that the laser pulses feel like warm pinpricks or a rubber band being snapped against the skin. A laser removes hair by vaporizing it. This causes small plumes of smoke that have a sulfur like smell.
What should I do after getting laser hair removal?
To avoid possible side effects, all patients need to protect their skin from the sun. After laser hair removal you should:
- Avoid direct sunlight from hitting your skin.
- Do not use a tanning bed, sun lamp or any other indoor tanning equipment.
- Follow your dermatologists after care instructions.
Is there downtime?
No, laser hair removal generally does not require any real downtime. Immediately after having laser hair removal, your treated skin will be red and swollen, Despite this most people return to everyday activities.
When will I see the results after having laser hair removal?
You will likely see the results immediately after the treatment. You can expect a 10%-25% reduction in hair after the first treatment. Most patients need 2 to 6 laser treatments to remove hair. After finishing however, most patients do not see any hair on treated skin for several months or even years. When hair does regrow there is usually less of it. The hair also tends to be lighter in color.
How long do results last?
Most patients are hairless for months or even years. When it does regrow it is likely to be less noticeable. To keep the area free of hair, a patient may need maintenance laser treatments.
What are the side effects?
When is it safe to have another treatment for hair removal?
This varies from person to person however, it is usually one treatment every 4 to 6 weeks. But your dermatologist will be able to let you know how often is safe for your particular needs.