Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is the best option for those no longer wanting to shave, pluck or wax unwanted body hair. Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. 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. Ninety percent of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles, pigment in the follicles absorb the light and that destroys the hair. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. 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.
What to expect during laser hair removal
Before your laser hair removal procedure your hair that will be undergoing treatment will be trimmed to a few millimeters above the skin surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the color, thickness, and location of your hair being treated as well as your skin color. In some cases it will also be necessary to protect the outer layers of your skin with a cold gel or special cooling device. This will help the laser light penetrate the skin.
When the procedure is completed, you may be given anti-inflammatory creams or lotions depending on your comfort level, or cold water to ease any discomfort. You may schedule your next treatment four to six weeks later.