Laser Hair Removal
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.
Both 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
How is a laser hair removal procedure
During 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.
How 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.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Laser 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.
Where is the procedure performed?
Laser resurfacing procedures may be performed in a
hospital, an outpatient surgical facility, or surgeon's
When can I return home and resume
You 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.
How do I prepare for a laser hair
Your 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
What precautions are necessary during
Patients should avoid sun exposure to treated areas
for two weeks.
What are the possible complications
after a laser hair removal procedure?
Though 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.
What results can I expect after a
laser hair removal procedure?
After 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
Choosing the right surgeon
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we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced
board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type
of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose
the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive
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