Laser Hair Removal
Hair removal is more important than ever for both men and women – modern aesthetics call for smooth skin free from unsightly hair. Removing hair with old-fashioned shaving, waxing, and other temporary hair removal methods is tedious, time-consuming and often uncomfortable. Worse still, these methods provide only temporary results: the hair always comes back, and sometimes comes back thicker and more noticeable than ever before. Fortunately, laser hair removal is a long-lasting solution to unwanted hair.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal exposes hair follicles to concentrated doses of laser light to suppress and delay the growth of hair. Laser hair removal stops hair from growing on a person’s lip, chin, neck, back, arms, legs, and/or bikini area.
While laser hair removal is optimal for those with light skin and dark hair, the professionals at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery can provide safe and effective laser hair removal treatment for patients with any skin type.
Laser hair removal works to stop hair growth on nearly every part of the body. Laser hair removal from legs leaves skin soft and smooth, for example, without the daily inconvenience of shaving. Laser hair removal from the chin gets rid of those hairs that are hard to hide. Bikini laser hair removal leaves behind hair-free skin on the sides and sometimes the top of the pubic area. Brazilian laser hair removal, by comparison, removes all of the pubic hair.
Armpit laser hair removal permanently removes hair from the underarm. Those with dark facial hair can improve their overall appearance with upper lip laser hair removal. A full body laser hair removal gets rid of unwanted body hair on the face, neck, chest, nipples, underarms, arms, hands, shoulders, stomach, back, waistline, bikini area, Brazilian, buttocks, knees, full legs, and feet.
Laser Hair Removal Aftercare
Getting the most out of laser hair removal requires aftercare, such as:
- Avoiding the sun for 7 days following the procedure
- Avoiding topical sunless tanning products for 7 days after hair removal
- Using over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, for sensitive or irritated skin
- Avoiding any other type of skin treatment for 2 weeks after laser hair removal
- Using sunscreen daily
- Gently exfoliating the treatment area in the shower
- Avoiding waxing, plucking, or otherwise removing the hair by force; shaving is allowed
- Avoiding hot showers, saunas, hot tubs, heat packs, or other sources of excessive heat for 24 to 48 hours
- Avoiding the use of deodorant, make-up, or other topical creams or medications on the treated area for 24 hours
Laser Hair Removal for Men
Laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular for men. Many men want to get rid of unsightly back hair, but shaving the back is time-consuming, nearly impossible to do by yourself, and leaves embarrassing stubble as it grows back. Laser hair removal leaves the skin smooth and stubble-free.
Laser Hair Removal Side Effects
The risk of laser removal side effects varies according to a person’s skin type, hair color, treatment plan, and how well they adhere to the treatment plan before and after laser hair removal. The most common side effects include skin irritation and pigment changes. The temporary discomfort, swelling, and redness of skin irritation usually disappear within a few hours. The skin color changes associated with the treatment may be temporary or permanent; pigment changes are more likely in patients who do not avoid sun exposure before or after treatment, and in those with darker skin.
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Hair Removal
Does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is highly effective and removes 80 to 90 percent of hair.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
Laser hair removal is tolerable and more comfortable than waxing, particularly in the bikini area. Many patients describe laser hair removal as feeling like little pinches.
How many sessions for laser hair removal?
Individual hairs grow at different times, so most patients benefit from several treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart to enjoy the full benefits of hair removal. The number of individual sessions depends on a variety of factors, such as hair and skin color, the size of the hair follicle, and a person’s hormone levels. The typical patient sees an 80 percent reduction of their hair growth after just six to eight treatments.
This approach to hair removal is semi-permanent, so treated hair follicles will begin growing hair again at some point. Maintenance treatments prolong the benefits of hair removal.
How long does laser hair removal take?
Each hair removal session can take between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Laser hair removal is safe for most people. Just as a precaution, though, it should not be performed near the eyes or during pregnancy.
How long does laser hair removal last?
Laser hair removal lasts about 2 years for most people. Maintenance sessions can keep the area without hair for longer periods of time.
Why DO i need multiple treatments?
Since individual hairs grow at different times, multiple treatments are required for significant clearance, at intervals of four to six weeks. The number of sessions depends on several factors, including hair and skin color, hair follicle size, and hormone levels. The average patient sees up to 80% reduction of hair growth after six to eight treatments. Laser hair removal is semi-permanent, meaning treated hair follicles will begin to grow hair again at some point if maintenance treatments are not undertaken.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
While laser hair removal is not permanent, it does provide smooth, hair-free skin much longer than other hair removal methods. The caring professionals at Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery can help you determine the best laser hair removal to fit your needs.
For more information about laser hair removal, contact Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery.