Laser Hair Removal
If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light that destroys the hair.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas.
Benefits of laser hair removal include:
Precision. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Speed. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Predictability. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of 6 to 10 treatments, 4-8 weeks apart. Multiple treatments are required in order to obtain desirable results.
If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. That’s because the laser targets the hairs’ roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.
You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely.
After Your Laser Hair Removal Treatment
- Mild redness and swelling are normal after the procedure. This is typically brief, lasting minutes to hours, but can persist up to several days after the procedure.
- You can immediately apply makeup and sunscreen.
- You may shave, but do not pluck, wax, or get electrolysis between treatments.
- Sun exposure should be avoided for one month after the treatment. Daily use of a sunscreen, SPF 30+ with zinc oxide, is recommended.
Our office can treat most skin tones, and pricing may vary depending on the area you want treated. A consult is required to determine an accurate quote. Call our office today for more information and to schedule an appointment.