Laser Hair Removal
Remove unwanted hair with Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the country. If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
During laser hair removal, pulsating beams of light target the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The intense heat from the laser damage the follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Since this procedure works by targeting melanin, it is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair, although advanced technology has made laser hair removal an option for individuals with dark skin as well. Laser hair removal is typically not an option for people with white, grey, blonde or red hair because the laser cannot “see” the light hair. Common areas of the body that are treated include legs, underarms, upper lip, chin, and bikini line; however, laser hair removal can be used on nearly any part of the body.
How to Prepare for Getting Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is more than just zapping unwanted hair, it’s a medical procedure that requires extensive training and education. When pursuing laser hair removal, it is important to choose a doctor who is board certified and has experience in the field, like Dr.Sinha. Always schedule a consultation to determine what results you can expect based on your needs, skin and hair types.
Before undergoing laser hair removal, do not pluck, wax or undergo electrolysis for six weeks prior to treatment. This is because the laser targets the roots of the hair, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking. Sun exposure should also be avoided for six weeks before treatment because it can render laser hair removal less effective and increases the risk for complications. Shaving is permitted as it does not remove or damage the hair follicle.
What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal
Immediately before treatment, the hair will be trimmed. The laser equipment will be carefully adjusted according to color, thickness and location of the hair, as well as to the color of your skin. Protective eye wear should be worn by both the patient and the technician depending on the type of laser used. A cold gel or special cooling device will be applied on the skin to protect the outer layers as well as help the laser penetrate the skin. The hand-held laser instrument will be held against the skin as the treatment is performed. Small areas such as the upper lip may only take a few minutes, while larger areas, such as the back, may take several hours.
After treatment, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cool water to counteract any lingering discomfort. Treatments are spaced four to six weeks apart, and repeated until desired results are achieved.
Recovery and Risks
Your skin will likely be red and sore for for a few hours to a day after treatment, much like a sunburn. Moisturizers, aloe and cool compresses can be used to ease any discomfort. If laser hair removal was performed on your face, it’s fine to wear makeup the next day as long as there is no blistering on the skin.
Treated hair will begin falling out over the next few weeks to a month; this is not to be mistaken for increased hair growth. It is important to wear sunscreen and minimize sun exposure for four to six weeks following treatment to prevent temporary skin discoloration.
Skin irritation is the most common side effect. Temporary redness, swelling and pain may occur after undergoing treatment and typically subside within a day. Laser hair removal may cause the treated skin to become lighter or darker, but is usually temporary.
Long Term Results
Laser hair removal is proven to effectively slow hair growth, but does not guarantee permanent hair removal. Results vary greatly and are dependent on which area of the body is being treated. Multiple treatments are typically required to provide long term hair removal. Some people will require periodic maintenance treatments to maintain results.
Cost of Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal costs vary drastically depending on a number of factors, including the size of the area being treated, the time required for treatment, the number of treatments required and whether a doctor or technician performs the treatments. Contact us to get an idea what the total cost will be.