Laser hair removal is a treatment for unwanted hair on the body. It uses a pulsating beam of light that passes through the skin and damages the hair follicle with heat to inhibit its ability to grow hair. It is a welcome solution for people who shave, wax or pluck hair every day to look cleaner and more attractive.
Laser hair removal is suitable for most parts of the body. It will make the skin smooth on the:
• Bikini line
• Chin and upper lip
• Back, chest and legs
• Neck, shoulders, hands and feet
Laser hair removal is very quick. The timing for each treatment depends on the size of the area being treated. It may take just 15 to 20 minutes to clean the upper lip, or about an hour for the legs or back.
The procedure uses highly concentrated laser wavelengths in pulses that target the follicles. The pigment in the hair absorbs the heat and destroys the follicle. With new technology, people with any most skin tone can benefit from laser hair removal.
During a consultation with our specialist, you can learn more about laser hair removal and the type of treatment you need for the best results. Before the procedure, you may be asked not to wax, pluck or have electrolysis for six weeks before the treatment day. However, you can shave because this does not affect the follicle. You may even be asked to shave the day before you are scheduled to have treatment.
Patients don’t report much discomfort during the treatment. The pulses may feel like the snap of a rubber band. To get the optimum results, you may need up to six treatments spaced about six weeks apart.
There is no recovery time with laser hair removal, making it desirable for people with busy schedules. Patients can simply come to our office for the treatment and then go back to resuming their everyday tasks.
Laser hair removal is not a guarantee of permanent hair removal, but it does permanently reduce the hair in the treated area. Any hair that does grow back will be pale and weak. The treatment may last for several months and in some cases for up to a year, at which time you can have a follow-up treatment and enjoy smooth skin for another year.