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What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal is a noninvasive technique that uses highly concentrated light to penetrate hair follicles. The Laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft in the follicle-generating heat, which damages the follicle to inhibit future hair growth. Therefore, plucking hair before treatment reduces the efficacy of the Laser treatment as the target is absent.

Because Laser Hair Removal only affects actively growing hair follicles, it may take several Laser Hair Removal Treatments to provide significant hair reduction. Additionally, while Laser Hair Removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed.

man receiving laser hair removal on back

Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?

Although Laser Hair Removal reduces the number of unwanted hair in a given area, it doesn't get rid of them completely. When the hair grows back, they will be finer, lighter, and fewer in number. Most people require between four and six sessions, and occasional maintenance may be required.

How does Laser Hair Removal work?

Laser Hair Removal uses Laser beams to heat up and damage the hair follicles, which temporarily halts hair production.

Common treatment areas for Laser Hair Removal

Most commonly, Laser Hair Removal is used to treat the face, body, legs, armpits, and pubic area.

What are the risks of Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal doesn't guarantee permanent hair removal. Some hair could be resistant to the Laser treatment or grow again after treatment – although the new hair growth might be finer and lighter in color.

Special care must be taken for those with darker skin. A less intensive Laser should be used to avoid damaging the outer skin.

Anyone who has tanned, used a spray tan, or gone to a tanning booth should wait until the tan has faded as the pigment in the skin absorbs the Laser light and reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your Laser Hair Reduction provider.

Possible Laser Hair Removal side effects include:

  • Mild swelling around the hair follicles

  • Pigment changes may occur, especially in those with darker skin – these changes are usually temporary

  • Slight redness of the skin

  • Temporary irritation resulting in blistering, crusting, scarring, or other changes in skin texture

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