About Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal offers a safe, gentle, long-lasting solution to unwanted body hair that can eliminate the need for shaving, tweezing, or waxing. Based on the latest laser technology, laser hair removal can result in general hair reduction without damaging the epidermis, regardless of your skin type.
Are You a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
The ideal candidate for laser hair removal has dark hair and light skin. Darker hairs absorb more of the laser light, and lighter skin allows greater transmission of the laser light into the hair follicle. Although anyone can have laser hair removal, dark or tanned skin patients may run a higher risk of pigmentation changes following the procedure.
About the Procedure
This laser targets the pigment located in the hair follicle and shaft. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and this energy is converted to heat which results in damage to the hair follicle. This damage causes delayed re-growth of the hair and, in most cases, permanent destruction of many of the hair follicles. Unlike electrolysis, which kills one hair follicle at a time, the laser reaches and treats hundreds of follicles at a time.
The cooling tip has a mild anesthetic property, which allows tender areas to be treated in a relatively painless fashion. You may feel a tingling or stinging sensation during the treatment, but most people tolerate the procedure well. Topical anesthetic is available to increase your comfort, if you choose. Following your treatment, you may experience a sunburn-type sensation in the treated area for several hours.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Within several minutes following your procedure, the treated area may become slightly red and puffy. This reaction usually subsides quickly and returns to normal within a day or two. Though recovery is almost immediate, depending on the area treated you should plan any work or social engagements accordingly. After three to seven days, you may experience what appears to be the return growth of hair in the treated area. In most cases, the hairs are simply being shed as a result of your treatment, and are not growing again. It is important that in-between treatments, you should not wax or pluck your hairs in the treated areas, but it is permissible to shave if needed.