WHAT IS IT?
Laser Hair Removal is a medical procedure that uses a laser - an intense, pulsating beam of light - to remove unwanted hair.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
During Laser Hair Removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth. Laser Hair Removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.
Although Laser Hair Removal effectively slows hair growth, it does not guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes multiple treatments to provide a hair free period. Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed as well.
DOES IT HURT?
Before the treatment, the area to be treated will be cleansed. Some patients receive a topical numbing anesthetic. Numbing the area helps when a small area will be treated and the skin is very sensitive. Many of the patients report that the laser pulses feel like warm pinpricks or a rubber band being snapped against the skin.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
The laser treatment will take place in a room set up specifically for laser treatments. Everyone in the room must wear protective eyewear during the procedure. To perform the procedure, the skin is held taut and the skin is treated with the laser.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER?
To avoid possible side effects, all patients need to protect their skin from the sun. After Laser Hair Removal, you should:
- Avoid direct sunlight from hitting your treated area
- Avoid the use of tanning beds, sun lamps, or indoor tanning
- Follow your provider's after care instructions
IS THERE DOWNTIME?
No, Laser Hair Removal generally does not require any real downtime. Immediately after having Laser Hair Removal, your treated skin will be red and swollen. Despite this, most people return to their everyday activities.