Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed. Unwanted hair grows on various regions of the body. Often, individuals find the presence of hair in certain regions of the body unsightly or embarrassing. In other instances, individuals wish to lessen the need for shaving, waxing, tweezing, or other methods of hair removal. Most commonly, laser hair removal is used to reduce hair growth on the face, back, legs, forearm, underarm, and bikini line. However, laser hair removal can be used to permanently reduce the amount of hair on any area of the body.

Laser Hair Removal

Area's that can be treated with Laser Hair Removal?

  • Face
    • Upper Lip
    • Chin
    • Chin and Neck
    • Cheeks
    • Sideburns
    • Cheeks/Sideburns
    • Forehead
    • Full Face no Neck
    • Full Face and Front of Neck
    • Back of Neck
    • Front of Neck
    • Upper Lip and Chin
  • Upper Body
    • Upper Chest
    • Abdomen
    • Full Chest and Abdomen
    • Sternum (between breasts)
    • Areola (nipples)
    • Shoulders
    • Forehead
    • Upper Back
    • Lower Back
    • Full Back
    • Underarms
    • Full Arms
    • Upper Arms/Lower Arms
    • Hands and Fingers
  • Lower Body
    • Bikini Line
    • Extended Bikini Line
    • Brazilian
    • Bikini and Inner Thigh
    • Inner Thighs
    • Buttocks
    • Lower Leg
    • Upper Leg
    • Full Leg
    • Upper Leg and Bikini
    • Full Leg and Bikini
    • Feet and Toes
    • Upper Arms/Lower Arms
    • Linea (beneath the belly button)

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Laser Hair Removal Introduction and FAQ

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed. Unwanted hair grows on various regions of the body. Often, individuals find the presence of hair in certain regions of the body unsightly or embarrassing. In other instances, individuals wish to lessen the need for shaving, waxing, tweezing, or other methods of hair removal. Most commonly, laser hair removal is used to reduce hair growth on the face, back, legs, forearm, underarm, and bikini line. However, laser hair removal can be used to permanently reduce the amount of hair on any area of the body.

Hair Growth

How Laser Hair Removal Works

During laser hair removal, a laser emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color. The laser works by selective photothermolysis, which means that the light energy is selectively absorbed by pigmented areas. Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have the largest amount of melanin, or pigment, and can absorb light energy from the laser. However, hair follicles that are in catagen or telogen growth phases are less pigmented. Therefore, these follicles do not absorb light energy as well and hair growth is not impaired. The energy, or heat, from the laser damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow hair. With time, the hairs that were present in the damaged follicles will fall out, resulting in a smoother appearance and less hair growth.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Ideal Candidates

It is important to realize that light energy will be absorbed by any type of pigment. For optimal results, your hair must be darker than your skin. This is why individuals with fair complexions and dark hair are better candidates for laser hair removal than individuals with darker complexions or lighter colored hair. However, with new technology, laser hair removal may be used successfully on individuals of all skin and hair types.

Procedure Preparation

Prior to the start of your procedure, your aesthetician may choose to shave or trim the hair in the area. Often, they will apply a cooling gel to the treatment area, which will help prevent heat produced by the laser from damaging your skin. Although the procedure is not typically painful, you may request a topical anesthetic if you are especially sensitive to pain. You will be given eyewear to protect your eyes light produced by the laser. The length of a laser hair removal procedure depends on the treatment area. A procedure in which hair is removed from a small region, such as the underarm, may take only minutes, while a larger area, such as the legs, may last approximately one hour.

How Many Laser Treatments will I Need and How Far Apart are They Scheduled?

Most patients need at least 6-8 effective treatments spaced 8-12 weeks apart. Because hair grows in cycles, several sessions are necessary in order to affect all hair on any given area. Due to length of hair growth cycles, treatments are usually needed once every 8-12 weeks. Hair cycle length varies depending on body part. Face usually requires more frequent treatments (about 8 weeks apart) whereas legs and back need less frequent treatments (closer to 12 weeks apart).

Shedding of all treated hair should be expected within 3 weeks of each treatment. The hair that doesn’t shed and is growing as usual after 3 weeks has likely been either missed or not affected due to inappropriate settings. If this is the case, a touchup treatment is necessary at that time. All 6-8 treatments should be good effective treatments in order to achieve good results.

Once the hair sheds, patients should experience a hair-free period for several weeks. Once new hair comes in again, patients should come in for their next session.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery

Following the procedure, your skin may appear red or irritated. However, the redness will likely dissipate within one to two days. Your aesthetician may recommend that you use a topical cream to protect your skin as it heals. It is also important to use sunscreen for a few weeks following the procedure. You should not use any products that may irritate your skin such as alpha hydroxy acids or harsh astringents. In addition, you must avoid plucking or waxing of the treatment area.

Laser Hair Removal Results

You may notice some hair that appears on the surface of your skin within seven to ten days following treatment. These hairs are usually those that have fallen out of hair follicles impaired during treatment. However, you will notice some new hair growth within a few weeks, as hair follicles that were inactive during treatment re-enter the active growth phase. Therefore, you will most likely undergo multiple treatments spaced approximately four to eight weeks apart. Although the number of treatments varies by individual, most individuals receive approximately six to eight treatments.

The results from a laser hair removal procedure depend on your skin tone, your hair type, and the growth phase of the hair being treated. It is important to realize that laser hair removal will likely not prevent hair from growing completely. However, laser hair removal can reduce hair growth significantly over time giving your skin the smooth appearance that you desire.

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