Laser Hair Reduction
What is Laser Hair Reduction?
Laser hair reduction is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair reduction is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line and legs.
Why Laser Hair Reduction?
Although there are many temporary treatments, including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing, to remove unwanted hair, patients seeking more permanent and less irritating/painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair reduction. Through what is a safe and usually painless procedure, hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body (the eye area is an exception because of the possibility of serious eye damage).
What are the benefits of Laser Hair Reduction?
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy!
+ Hair is precisely targeted
+ Procedure is quick
+ Results are permanent (for 90 percent of patients) or long lasting
+ For many patients, Laser Hair Reduction is painless, although some experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band’s snapping against skin .
How many treatment do I need?
Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair reduction takes place during the Anagen (active-growth) stage, because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy. But, because all hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments, usually between three and six, spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart, are necessary. To some extent, the length of treatment depends on the texture of the patient’s hair, and the location from which it is being removed.
What is the recovery time?
Some redness, soreness or swelling may occur immediately after laser hair reduction, but they 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.