What is laser hair removal and how does it work?
The laser hair removal system uses a near-infrared laser light that damages hair follicles as it is absorbed by pigment within the hair follicle.
What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, legs, arms, underarms, back, nipples, chest, and bikini line.
How many treatment sessions are necessary?
Hairs cycle through three phases: growth, regression, and resting. Laser hair removal is most effective on hairs that are in the growth phase and hairs will enter this phase at different times. For this reason, permanent hair reduction requires an average of 4-6 laser treatments to catch each hair in a given area during its growth cycle. Hair thickness and the area treated are other factors that affect the number of required treatments.
What can I expect during treatment?
The size of the area being treated determines how long the procedure takes. During the procedure, you may feel the mild sensation of tiny, hot rubber bands snapping against the skin, however, laser hair removal is generally well tolerated due to the soothing effect of the contact cooling handpiece. Prescription strength numbing cream is also available, especially for treatment of sensitive areas.
What can I expect post-treatment?
After a laser hair removal treatment, your skin may be mildly red and/or swollen for a few hours. Proper UV protection and a gentle skin care regimen (see treatment tips) are encouraged. In between treatments, shaving or trimming hairs is okay, but you should not wax or pluck.
Are there potential side effects?
Laser hair removal can safely and effectively treat all skin types as well as tanned skin. However, patients with darker skin types and tans should be treated with appropriate laser settings to minimize the risk of damage to the outer layer of skin.