Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure used to remove unwanted body hair with pulsed laser energy. This procedure removes hair from the targeted area while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.
Hair Removal Treatable Areas
Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the
- Upper lip
- Bikini line
Areas targeted are usually somewhat dependent on the gender of the patient. While there are many temporary treatments to remove unwanted hair such as tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing, patients seeking more permanent, less irritating, or less painful methods are frequently very pleased with laser hair removal. Through this safe and painless procedure patients can enjoy long-term hair removal from nearly any area of the body. However, this treatment cannot be performed on the eyes since there is a possibility of serious eye damage.
Am I a good candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Individuals whose excessive hair growth in a particular region of the body is bothersome are candidates for laser hair removal. Excessive hair growth may be the result of:
- Certain medications or disease processes
- Hormonal changes during puberty, menopause or pregnancy.
Whatever the cause of the condition, laser therapy may be an effective solution.
The success of laser hair removal is affected by hair color and skin type. The most effective results usually occur in individuals with dark hair and light skin. This is because the laser beams target the melanin, or pigment, in the hair. Individuals with blond, red, gray or white hair are not usually good candidates for laser hair removal. Recent technological advances have made laser hair removal for dark-skinned individuals more successful, while procedures to effectively remove light-colored hair with lasers are presently under investigation.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy. Among these are that laser hair therapy is:
- Precise, targeting of hairs for immediate removal
- Quick, removing hair in only minutes
- Long-lasting, showing permanent results for 90 percent of patients
Laser Hair Removal Before & After Photo
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Laser hair removal is performed while the targeted area is numbed by a topical anesthetic. A handheld device that emits intense laser pulses is moved across the region, focusing on individual hair follicles. An appropriate hair removal plan is created on an individual basis in consultation with Dr. Evans.
Hair growth takes place cyclically in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the androgen, or full-growth stage. Hair follicles that are in a stage of active growth will be disabled by the laser energy, stopping continued hair growth. Because all of the hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments, often 5 or more spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are necessary. To some extent, the length of necessary treatment will depend on the location and texture of the patient's hair.
Is laser hair removal painful?
For many patients, laser hair removal is painless. Some individuals experience minimal discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band snapping against the skin.
What can I expect after a Laser Hair Removal treatment?
Some redness, soreness or swelling may occur immediately after a laser hair removal treatment, but these symptoms almost always disappear within a few days. Cold compresses or ice packs, moisturizers, and anti-inflammatory creams may minimize discomfort. Sun exposure should be avoided as much as possible for some period of time after treatment is complete.
Laser Hair Removal side effects
Although laser hair removal is considered a safe procedure, any type of medical procedure involves some risk of complication. The most common complication of laser hair removal is a regrowth of unwanted hair. Since some hair is resistant to laser treatment, it is possible for hair to regrow. Frequently, however, the hair that regrows after laser treatment is finer and lighter than the hair that has been removed. Most often, the problem of regrowth can be overcome with a few additional treatment sessions. Other complications that may arise after laser hair treatment include:
- Temporary skin irritation, such as blistering or crusting
- Changes in pigmentation or texture of the skin
- Scarring at the site (very rare)
Individual results may vary on case by case basis*