It can seem like an endless battle to remove hair from many different areas of the body, and shaving, waxing, or plucking doesn’t always get you the long-term results you want. Laser hair removal can gradually reduce hair growth through a series of easy, non-invasive treatments with only mild discomfort.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
This procedure uses highly-concentrated light to damage the hair follicles so that they are unable to keep growing hair. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft, giving it a means to reach the follicle where it generates heat and damages it. Because of this process, it’s recommended that you avoid waxing the hair prior to treatment, as it will be ineffective if there’s no hair shaft in place.
Who is a candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal works only on actively growing hair and not every patient will find the same results. Some patients may experience hair reduction rather than true removal. Patients with white or grey hair may have difficulty seeing timely results because the treatment requires pigment to be effective— patients with dark hair and light skin often respond best to this treatment.
What happens during the procedure?
After the treatment area is prepared for the procedure, the laser handpiece is placed over the individual hairs and follicles. There is usually minimal discomfort involved, and many patients describe it like a rubber band ‘snap’ as the light energy is administered to the hair shaft. The length of time for the treatment can depend on how large the treatment area is and how dense the hair grows there.
What about the results?
Because of the nature of the hair growth cycle, it can take 3 or 4 treatment sessions spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart before you see significant results. This can also vary from patient to patient, depending on how much hair you wish to reduce. There is no downtime required after treatment, and some minor side effects might include redness or irritation. Because of the laser treatment, your skin will be sensitive to the sun after treatment, so you’ll need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen along with any instructed skincare products. To learn more about your options with laser hair removal, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and begin your treatment plan.
What are the most popular areas treated with laser hair removal?
The areas most commonly treated with laser hair removal include facial hair, underarm hair, and bikini line hair for women and back hair for men. However, laser hair removal can be used on almost any area of the body to help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin.
How long will laser hair removal results last?
Laser hair removal is long-lasting but may take multiple sessions to ensure that all active-growth hair follicles have been removed.
How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?
The main difference between these two treatments is that laser hair removal is much quicker. Electrolysis hair removal treatments take more time to complete because it treats only one hair at a time, where laser hair removal treats many hairs at once.
What is the cost of laser hair removal?
The cost of laser hair removal will vary based on the doctor, size of treatment area, and geographic area. Pricing can be discussed during your consultation appointment.
What are the risks associated with laser hair removal?
As with any type of procedure, laser hair removal is associated with some risks. These may include skin irritation or changes in skin color. However, these risks are rare and will be discussed during your consultation.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Patients often describe the feeling of laser hair removal treatments as the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. While most people can tolerate this treatment without numbing cream, it is available upon request.