Laser Hair Removal is a procedure in which a beam of light passes through the
skin to the root of the hair follicle, where it is absorbed. The laser energy
is then transformed into heat, which disables the hair follicle. This results
in hair growth that is significantly hindered or even permanently eliminated.
Specialized cooling methods are used to gently chill the skin while removing
the unwanted hair. Complete hair removal may be achieved in only three visits.
men and women can take advantage of this procedure to treat unwanted
hair on their back, shoulders, neck, forehead, eyebrow area and
virtually any other unwanted places. People elect to derive benefit
from this procedure because it is painless and requires little
to no recovery time. This procedure has proven to be safe, gentle
and effective, affording people a simple solution to unwanted
is a laser hair removal procedure performed?
a laser hair removal procedure, your surgeon will run a laser
that produces a powerful beam of invisible light over the area
you are treating. The invisible light emitted from the laser
passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the hair
follicle. This action disables the hair follicle and reduces
its ability to grow new hair. Lasers used in this procedure are
designed to act on hair follicles only, leaving surrounding tissues
untouched. The pulses produced by the laser create a minor burning
or stinging sensation that most patients can tolerate without
the need of any anesthetic. After the procedure, your treated
area may be slightly pink or swollen, producing the feeling of
mild sunburn for a day or two.
long does a laser hair removal procedure take?
Laser hair removal procedures normally last from 15 minutes to one hour, depending
on the size and scope of the area you are treating.
type of anesthesia is used?
hair removal is a pain-free procedure and anesthesia is not required.
However, some patients choose to apply a topical anesthetic to
avoid feeling any sensation from the laser.
is the procedure performed?
resurfacing procedures may be performed in a hospital, an outpatient
surgical facility, or surgeon's office.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
may return home or to work immediately following your treatment.
Since anesthesia is not required, you will not need to make arrangements
for someone to drive you. Laser hair removal procedures are noninvasive
so you can immediately return to your normal activities, including
work or your exercise routine.
do I prepare for a laser hair removal procedure?
physician will normally advise you to avoid sun exposure to the
areas you are having treated for two weeks prior to your procedure.
In most cases, you will be asked to shave the area intended for
treatment the day before your procedure. You also will be advised
not to have pluck, wax or electrolysis hair removal procedures
for six weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment.
precautions are necessary during recovery?
should avoid sun exposure to treated areas for two weeks.
are the possible complications after a laser hair removal procedure?
complications with laser hair removal are rare, there is a minimal
chance of scarring, and in certain instances increased or decreased
skin pigmentation may occur on the sites being lasered. In most
cases, changes in pigmentation will resolve themselves during
the natural healing process. Avoiding sun exposure can minimize
this risk. If sun exposure cannot be avoided, be sure to wear
protective sun block lotions at all times. It is always important
to be informed about the possible complications before any procedure.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after a laser hair removal procedure?
your procedure your skin will usually be red and swollen, but
this will disappear in a short time. On occasion, small crusting
or pimples may appear around your hair follicles. Your physician
can provide you with an antibiotic ointment that will quickly
reduce these symptoms. You should experience a significant reduction
in the growth of new hair at your treated areas. To achieve permanent
hair loss, at least three treatments will probably be needed
at one to three month intervals.