With Laser Hair Removal treatments, it has become easier than ever before to get rid of unwanted hair from different areas of the body. The reliability, safety, and ease of laser hair removal has helped to make Laser Hair Removal one of the most popular cosmetic procedures being done in the US today.
How Laser Hair Removal or Reduction Works
During the Laser Hair Removal procedure, the laser is targeted into the hair follicles. When the pigment in the follicles absorbs the light the hair follicle is destroyed. Treatment is most successful with darker colored hair because of the way the lasers target the pigment. Due to improvements in technology and lasers, Laser Hair Removal/Reduction is also very effective with lighter colored hair. If you are interested in having Laser Hair Removal/Reduction, but you have concerns or questions about your hair color, be sure to talk to our dermatologist at Aesthetic Dermatology. We will consult with you to determine if treatment is right for you. If you are interested in any of our other cosmetic procedures make sure to ask your dermatologist about them to find out more about what would be most appropriate for your skin type.
The Most Effective and Longest Lasting Option for Hair Removal: Laser Hair Removal/Reduction
There are a lot of options for hair removal: shaving, waxing, and plucking. Those methods can cause irritation. Also, those methods must be done continually to maintain results. Laser Hair Removal/Reduction is the only option that stops hair follicles from producing hair. This ensures that after your treatments, you won’t have to worry about stray, unwanted hairs. While occasional follow up treatments are sometimes necessary to treat new hair follicles in an area, Laser Hair Removal prevents the same hairs from growing back. You don’t have to do the daily or weekly hair removal routines required with other hair removal methods.
Hair Removal: Laser Hair Removal vs. Waxing
Laser Hair Removal/Reduction Treatment
- Generally 4-6 treatments per area (occasional touch ups on an as needed basis).
- Minimal or no downtime. Sometimes causes skin to be slightly pink after treatment.
- Destroys ability of hair follicles to produce hair.
- New follicles sometimes appear in the same area, requiring occasional touch ups.
- Skin is more sensitive to sun after treatment. Please use sunscreen on exposed areas.
Waxing for Hair Removal
- Repeat waxing once every 3-6 weeks to maintain results.
- Regrowth of hair is noticeable after 3-4 weeks.
- Skin may be pink or blotchy immediately following waxing.
- Waxing grips the hair to pull out the hair, but waxing does not destroy the ability of the hair to regrow.
Most Common Areas People Use Laser Hair Removal/Reduction or Waxing:
- Bikini Line
- Chest Back
- Back of Neck
Common Questions about Laser Hair Removal and Reduction
After getting Laser Hair Removal is there any downtime?
Generally, there is no downtime. However, you will be very sensitive to sunlight. We strongly advise you to apply sunscreen to exposed areas immediately after Laser Hair Removal/Reduction.
What do I need to do before/after getting laser treatment?
Please wear sunscreen, SPF 40 or higher, for 1-2 weeks prior to and after Laser Hair Removal treatment.
Does Laser Hair Removal treatment hurt?
Most patients report the sensation is similar to a rubber band snapping on the skin, or a warm tingly feeling at the treatment site.
How many treatments does it take to get rid of the hair?
It usually takes about 4-6 treatments to treat an area with Laser Hair Removal. Treatments are scheduled every 3-4 weeks to ‘catch’ the hair in active cycles of growth. The density of hair follicles is what determines how many treatments will be needed, with more dense areas requiring more treatments. Facial hair usually takes closer to 6 treatments, while other areas of hair will complete treatment after 4-5 treatments.
Is Laser Hair Removal treatment safe?
Yes, Laser Hair Removal is completely safe when administered by a board certified dermatologist at Aesthetic Dermatology. We highly recommend that even if you don’t come into Aesthetic for your treatment, that you go to a board-certified dermatologist. Unfortunately, somebody who is not fully trained or informed about how Laser Hair Removal works could cause lasting damage to your skin.
How much does it cost to get Laser Hair Removal treatment?
Cost varies on a case by case basis depending on the size and follicle density of the area being treated. Your dermatologist will be able to give you information specific to you during your consultation.