About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures, and if you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Before undergoing laser hair removal, be sure to minimize any plucking, waxing, or electrolysis of the area to be treated. Laster hair removal targets the root of the hair, and this needs to be present for the treatment to be effective.

First any excessive length to the hair is trimmed down and your doctor will adjust the laser based on your hair’s thickness and color. Then a cooling gel is applied so the laser can more easily penetrate the skin. Treatment is administered as blasts of light, and your doctor may take several minutes between blasts to confirm the laser is properly calibrated and effectively removing hair.

After treatment, you may be given ice packs, anti-inflammatory creams or lotions, or cold water to ease any discomfort. Follow-up treatments can continue at 4-6 week intervals until all hair is completely removed.

Are There Side Effects?

Side effects may include a burning sensation similar to sunburn, sensitivity, swelling, and redness. Scarring and changes in color are rare, though blistering may occur in those with a darker complexion.

Is Right Laser Hair Removal For Me?

Laser hair removal is an effective and generally inexpensive treatment for the permanent removal of hair. Those with sensitive skin or darker complexions should be cautious as treatment may be more uncomfortable for them, bearing more side effects than others with more resilient skin. Laser hair removal is a serious treatment and should only be administered by trained medical professionals. Be sure to check with your doctor before treatment.