Laser Hair Removal
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Laser Hair Removal
The need to shave, wax, and pluck unwanted hair is as frustrating as it is time-consuming. Instead of fighting with the unwanted hair on your body, consider achieving lasting smoothness with laser hair removal. Laser hair removal permanently reduces hair follicle growth for results that are similar to freshly shaved or waxed skin.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal eliminates the need for repeated waxing appointments or shaving by precisely removing hair from the:
- Bikini line
- Upper lip
Laser Hair Removal Candidates
Anyone who is annoyed by the constant need to pluck, shave, or wax can benefit from laser hair removal, and it is ideal for patients with sensitive skin who may experience irritation from shaving. Patients should have realistic expectations of their results and understand that while laser hair removal permanently reduces hair growth, some hair follicles may remain. Patients planning to undergo this procedure should cease all plucking and waxing for six weeks, as these actions affect the roots of the hair. Shaving is acceptable as long as it is not done the day before or the day of treatment.
Laser hair removal uses pulsed light energy to destroy hair follicles at the root while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Before your procedure, a cooling gel may be applied to the treatment area to soothe and help the laser penetrate the skin. During your laser treatment, repeated pulses of highly concentrated light are introduced to the areas of unwanted hair through a handheld device. As the follicles absorb the light, they are simultaneously destroyed, resulting in the growth of fewer and thinner hairs. Many patients experience warmth and a mild tingling during the treatment that dissipates shortly afterward. Most patients require an average of three to six treatment sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. The number of sessions will depend on the size of the treatment area and thickness of the hair growth.
Recovery and Results
Following treatment, your skin will appear pink or red and feel as though it is sunburned. This discoloration and discomfort can last from a few minutes to a few hours afterward. Discomfort can be remedied with cold compresses, anti-inflammatory creams, and ice packs. Patients who undergo laser hair removal on their face (such as the upper lip) can wear makeup the following day to hide any lingering redness. There is no downtime associated with this treatment; however, be sure to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen for at least six weeks after your laser hair removal session as the sun can increase pigment and healing complications.
Following your treatment, you can put your razor to the side and cancel your waxing appointments. Patients who undergo laser hair removal experience long-lasting smooth skin and the significant reduction of hair. Any remaining hair will be slower-growing, thinner, and less visible.
Potential Side Effects
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment with minimal risks. Although they are rare, possible side effects can include:
- Temporary pigment changes