In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair were plucking, shaving, waxing, or chemical depilatories. Some are painful, some are messy, and all are only temporary. Laser hair removal is an FDA-approved process of permanently reducing or eliminating unwanted hair on almost any part of the body except near the eyes. The process takes anywhere from several minutes to several hours, depending on the area of the body involved.
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal uses a low-energy laser, which passes through the patient's skin, being absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle. Each pulse of the laser targets and inactivates a large number of hair follicles. Approximately 3-6 treatments are necessary, although some people do require more treatments.
Inadequately trained technicians can cause permanent scarring, hyperpigmentation and disfigurement. Always make sure the person who is performing any laser treatment has the required training and experience as well as the correct laser for your skin type and color. Popular areas of treatment include the brows, lip, chin, chest, shoulders, neck, back, legs, thighs, arms, underarms and ears.
Is the hair removal permanent?
During each treatment session, a certain percentage of the hair follicles are damaged such that hair will not grow from them again. With each treatment session, additional hair follicles are damaged until hair is completely absent in most cases.
Is the treatment painful?
There is some discomfort during laser hair removal, but the pain is generally less than waxing or electrolysis. Depending on how aggressive the treatment session is, the skin may be slightly to significantly pink following treatment. Our certified dermatologists offer a potent numbing medication, available for purchase through our offices, which significantly dulls the pain. Additionally, for those who request it, a special cold air machine takes away any additional pain associated with the procedure. In most cases, no anesthesia is necessary.
Preparation for laser hair removal treatment
For maximal results, it is best to avoid tanning for approximately 10 days prior to treatment. The area to be treated should be shaved immediately prior to the treatment. The aftercare is minimal. Sun exposure should be avoided for a few days after treatment.
LA Laser & Skin Center is one of the largest dermatology practices in the western United States. We've performed thousands of laser hair removal procedures in California and Nevada. As laser hair removal experts, we take great pride in the way we make our patients look and feel!